Garden Bon Bons

One Sweet Garden Gift

No, they're not chocolate. And no, they're not edible -- yet. But Garden Bon Bons are the sweetest garden gift we've ever seen.

Gardeners of all levels can use a fun, bite-sized project to get things growing as soon as the soil warms in spring. When Seattle landscape architect Anne Dowell first decided to stash a few seed balls in truffle boxes for a garden gift basket, she knew she was onto something. Julia Elmer, who served
them up to us, thought so, too.

For centuries, growers have used seed balls to store seeds, ensconced in a ball of compost (to feed the growing plant) and clay (to hold it together and prevent insect damage). Anne makes hers by hand, and all you need to do is toss them onto a sunny patch of dirt, water, and watch them grow. We’re also offering Anne’s Wine and Chocolates gift set (wine not included), which packages a set of Garden Bon Bons with one terracotta plant nanny in a Sussex Trug. Unlike their rich chocolate namesakes, these bon bons taste delicious for far more than a day. They'll spread joy for months, even years.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Anne

    Hello, everyone! I’m thrilled to have my Garden Bon Bons featured as today’s Daily Grommet. My mission with Garden Bon Bons is to get even the most dirt-averse to ease comfortably into gardening – and to create a little something as a gift that advanced gardeners will also appreciate. I really like connecting gardening, play and food and look forward to answering any questions.

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    12/9/2010 1:13 PM


    I have to tell you that opening up the package of Garden Bon Bons was such a delight. My daughters were watching (ages 4 and 10) and were just so intrigued in what they actually were. Explaining that the seeds were in the dirt and taking them out to the garden to plant and water them was such a fun experience. I think these make perfect gifts for all ages (regardless of their gardening experiences), even for the littlest of gardners like mine.

  • Sharon
    12/9/2010 1:14 PM

    What do the Garden BobBons grow?

  • Anne
    Anne – Special Guest
    12/9/2010 1:41 PM


    I never fail to get a kick out of watching the first flush of germination. The ones from the video a couple of weeks ago have sprouted chives and thyme already. The parsely takes about a month so it will be the last to take off.

  • Anne
    Anne – Special Guest
    12/9/2010 1:42 PM


    The Italian herbs selection is basil, chives, parsely and thyme.

    The Herbal Teas are borage, lemon balm, nettleand chamomile.

  • Terri
    12/9/2010 3:06 PM

    Anne, this is an absolutely brilliant idea. Best of luck to you as you get your product out there.

  • Anne
    Anne – Special Guest
    12/9/2010 3:16 PM

    @Terri: Thank you! I'm having fun with it. One of the greatest perks is that test batches, 'factory seconds' and clay water from cleaning out the mixing bowls all goes out to the garden. I've never had so much parsley in my life.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    12/9/2010 10:46 PM

    At the end of our video Joanne tells a story about a pregnant woman eating one of the seed bonbons from Moutonology, throwing them away, and then going back to eat another one. I hear some people are wondering why...apparently some pregnant women have a craving for dirt. It's something about the minerals in it. Anyway, hope that makes the story less crazy sounding!

  • Nina
    12/10/2010 6:59 PM

    I love the garden bon bons because I do so little from seeds. I usually buy tomato, green pepper and eggplant plants rather than start from seeds. So when I grew my bon bons I had a much greater sense of accomplishment in the garden and they even wintered over. Love the gift baskets too- so hard to find a gift for so many people and these are very unique, I don't think anyone will have received anything like them before. Thanks Anne for a great product!

  • Anne
    Anne – Special Guest
    12/11/2010 12:44 AM

    @Nina: Thank you - I'm glad you are enjoying them!

  • Dianne
    12/10/2010 7:13 PM

    HI, Could you grow these indoors and not plant them outside ever. Thanks

  • Anne
    Anne – Special Guest
    12/11/2010 12:42 AM

    @Dianne: These are perfect for indoor gardening. Plants grown in containers will be more compact than those grown in the garden, but as long as they receive sunlight and water they'll be perfectly happy on your windowsill (and perhaps close to your kitchen countertop so they'll be easy to snip for cooking or a quick cup of tea).

  • Lisa Haffner
    Lisa Haffner
    3/21/2011 3:08 PM

    How long are these good for? I would like to buy a package as a gift but will not be giving it until July. Can I buy now or should I wait until closer to the July date?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/21/2011 3:56 PM

    @Lisa Haffner: It will keep for a couple of years but it would be ideal to only store for a few months. You will need to store in a cool and dry place.

  • Anne
    Anne – Special Guest
    5/2/2011 12:05 PM

    Good morning, Daily Grommet! It's raining here in Seattle as I sit by my laptop drinking my morning coffee. I'm happy to answer any questions.

    Warm regards,


  • Karen
    5/2/2011 12:15 PM

    @Anne Dowell: Is this for outdoor planting only or can I plant them indoors. I live in an apartment, have no garden.

  • Anne
    Anne – Special Guest
    5/2/2011 12:26 PM

    @Karen: The plants will grow indoors but will be more compact if container-grown. The Italian Herbs are particularly well-suited to narrow windowsill planters. If you have a south-facing kitchen window you can set them up there and have them on hand for quick snips while cooking.

  • Sylvie
    5/2/2011 12:16 PM

    What is in the Slow Drinks BonBons?

  • Anne
    Anne – Special Guest
    5/2/2011 12:31 PM

    @Sylvie: The Slow Drinks Selection has genovese basil (a nice sweet basil for muddling), borage (it is a lovely cucumber flavor and in Pimm's Cups if you are still thinking about the royal wedding and all things british), anise hyssop for the licorice taste and lemon balm for mint-related recipes.

  • Sylvie
    5/2/2011 12:58 PM

    @Anne Dowell: Thank you!

  • Edwina
    5/2/2011 1:19 PM


    What a great idea! Once the tea herbs are grown, how do you make tea with them?


  • Anne
    Anne – Special Guest
    5/2/2011 2:08 PM

    @Edwina: Great question! Ideally you pick herbal tea leaves and flowers early in the morning, while the essential oils are strongest. Crush the leaves to release the oils and throw into a pot. Pour hot but not boiling water into the pot and let steep for a few minutes. Single herb teas are great - borage is addictive - but it's also fun to mix a handful in the pot.

  • Stu
    5/2/2011 1:34 PM

    It won't let me choose the wine and chocolate set. What's up with that?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/2/2011 1:47 PM

    @Stu: When you choose the wine and chocolate set, it will bring up another screen to let you choose which of the bon-bon assortments you want included in the set. Choose the assortment and add to your cart. I was able to add all three to my cart so I know that it is working. I am going to contact you directly so we can figure out why it isn't working for you. Thank you for posting!

  • Libbe
    5/2/2011 2:57 PM

    Great idea, but the information is sketchy. The video goes very quickly, but neglects to include what exactly are the plants in each group. I'm a novice gardener. Apparently I should know what a garden Nanny and a trog(?) are. Not enough info!!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/2/2011 3:51 PM

    @Libbe: Thanks for that feedback. We do our best but sometimes we don't get everything into the video. We have this message board so that you can ask anything that we missed or needs clarification. We are very glad that you have posted your questions.

    The detailed information for any Grommet feature can be found on the 'Details' tab which is located below the feature's video but above the story. This is where you'll find what plants are included in each assortment.

    To use the plant Nanny, you will fill an empty wine bottle with water and then invert it into the plant Nanny that you have embedded into your pot's soil. This creative solution allows a plant to draw the water in from the bottle as it needs it.

    Thanks again for stopping by today.

  • Robin
    5/28/2011 5:12 PM

    I ordered the Garden Bon Bons (tea set) for Mother's Day this year. My mother is an avid gardener and this was just perfect! It arrived in a happy, colorful package, complete with note; when she opened it up she found a basket, tea towel, and bon bons that looked like real chocolate - even her friends could not believe they were not real! Thank you for the innovative, fun gift I was able to share with her.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/28/2011 7:13 PM

    @Robin: We are thrilled that you found the perfect gift for your Mom. Thanks for stopping back to let us know.

  • renate miller
    renate miller
    2/25/2012 8:59 PM

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    You can just credit y account for that. Thanks.

    By the way,my granddaughter loved your order Moulton 1487u.

  • barbara Bernstein
    barbara Bernstein
    3/9/2012 3:55 PM

    I am having trouble ordering three of the bonbon seed sets for my daughter's birthday. Your online order form has a "send to" field to fill out, and a place to write a message in case you are sending the products as gifts, but there is no SEPARATE "charge to" form. I think you need both forms: the first to know where to send the product, and the "charge to" form so I can put my VISA card information and "name that appears on the bill"--my own. Will you please correct this so I can still get my three packages of bonbons to my daughter before April 14, or at least permit me to erase the information that I entered into your first form so I can simply put my own name, address and VISA information there and when the package comes to ME, as it surely will, I can just drive to her house and give it to her.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    3/12/2012 3:49 PM

    @barbara Bernstein: We're so sorry you have problems at checkout. Our Customer Support Team will contact you directly to help you place the order.

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