As summer arrives thoughts are turning towards our gardens and balconies and I wanted to share some ways people who might be new to gardening can use Google Lens to discover more of their garden and help children discover a love for their garden.

Whether it’s using Google Lens to identify a flower or insect, brushing up on gardening skills with Google Assistant, following outdoor DIY tutorials or even mastering the art of photography, there’s hours of fun (for adults and children) to be had on your doorstep. To get started, please find a selection of tips and tricks below using features on Google Pixel 4.


Fred Brewin, senior product manager for Google Lens, says: ‘There’s magic in the change of a season that makes people want to get closer to nature. We want to help people learn more about the environment around them, and we have a nifty AI-led tool to help. Google Lens can easily identify plants and flowers using your camera on Pixel 4 and other Android/iOSdevices with a simple tap.’

Garden ‘Field Trip’ Pixel 4 Tip Sheet 

Name that flower!  Google Lens: Now your little ones can become the ultimate flower expert by using Google Lens to identify what’s growing in the garden. Challenge them to find as many different species of flowers as they can and once done, move onto plants and insects. You can also encourage them to ask Google Assistant for handy facts as they go along.

  1. Open the camera on your phone, hit more and then press Google Lens Google Lens

  2. Point your camera at the flower to identify the plant

  3. Swipe up to learn about the discovery

You can also use the folder of stock images to create your own eye spy checklist, or if feeling creative make your own.

Channel their inner artist 

Portrait Mode: Help creativity blossom by showing kids how to take beautiful snaps of the garden. Colourful flowers are perfect to photograph and now Portrait Mode on Pixel 4 makes it easier than ever to take a crystal clear shot. Photograph insects, trees or even clouds and different textures such as bark and grass. What’s more, why not try drawing or painting the photographs when returning inside.


  1. Open up your camera and tap the menu icon

  2. Select Portrait mode and tap on the screen to focus on the flower

  3. Older kids can play around with the brightness and shadows slider to make the subject pop

Grow your own

YouTube Tutorials: If spending more time in the garden has you feeling green fingered, create a vegetable or flower patch with help from YouTube tutorials.


  1. Simply download the YouTube app

  2. Search for a video such as: ‘How to create a vegetable patch’ or ‘How to grow tomatoes’

  3. Watch step-by-step tutorials on your phone right from the soil bed

  4. What’s more, motion sense on Pixel 4 means you simply have to swipe to pause a video, so there’s no need to take off your gardening gloves

Make something extra special 

YouTube Tutorials: Once you’ve mastered the flower beds, why not start a mini building project with the whole family. Whether creating a bird feeder, bug hotel, worm tower or even a magical fairy garden, there’s a host of YouTube tutorials to follow. Please find example videos at the end of the tips.

Learn more about the world around you 

Google Assistant: Kids can learn more about the world around them with help from Google Assistant. Simply say “Ok Google” followed by your question.  For example, say:


  1. Ok Google, tell me about bumble bees?

  2. Hey Google, what is a ladybird?

  3. Ok Google, what are the best flowers to plant this season?

  4. Hey Google, what are the best plants for growing at home?

Bring the magic of the garden inside

Google Assistant: There’s also fun to be had if it’s rainy outside. Google Assistant can recreate the sounds of animals, birds and insects such as the sound of bumble bees or even a woodpecker. So, when telling a story about the garden or teaching your children about creepy crawlies and birds Google Assistant can help bring the lesson to life. For example, try saying:


  1. Ok Google, what sound does a pigeon make?

  2. Ok Google, make the sound of a robin?

  3. Hey Google, what sound does a dove make?

  4. Ok Google, what sound does a bee make?

  5. Ok Google, what sound does a fox make?

  6. Hey Google, what sound does a butterfly make?

Garden DIY Project YouTube Tutorials:

Simply say ‘OK Google, play’…followed by the below titles to bring up the video.


How To Make A Bird Feeder 

How to make your own fairy garden

Bug Hotel: How to Make a Home for Beneficial Insects


How To Make A DIY Worm Tower

How to make a bee hotel

Fun Kids’ Crafts: Painted Pots

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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