Common Name/Religious Name:
Hollyhock/St. Joseph’s Staff, Pansy/Our Lady’s Delight, Bleeding Heart/Mary’s Heart, Columbine/Our Lady’s Shoes, Primrose/Our Lady’s Keys, Black Eyed Susan/Golden Jerusalem, Cornflowers/Mary’s Crown, Cosmos/St. Michaels’ Flower, Petunia/Our Lady’s Praises, Zinnia/The Virgin, Gladiolus/Ladder to Heaven, Geranium/Gentle Virgin, Daffodil/Mary’s Star, Lily of the Valley/Our Lady’s Tears, Peony/Pentecost Rose, Tulip/Mary’s Prayer, Rose/Emblem of Mary.
A Mary Garden is a collection of plants and flowers that have specific “Mary names” or religious names in addition to their botanical and common names.
John S. Stokes Jr. was the founder of the Mary’s Gardens movement, which started in 1951 to promote the creation of Mary Gardens and to connect gardeners of all skill levels. Proposed first for home gardens, Mary Gardens soon became fixtures at schools, parishes, burial plots, institutions, and shrines. As outreach was an important aspect of the movement, Stokes wrote, designed, and compiled gardening guides and garden plans to encourage people to plant Mary Gardens, promoting them as prayerful, religious works of stewardship, devotion, praise, thanksgiving, meditation, and commitment for God’s artistry in creation.
Often they include a statue of Mary, sometimes holding the infant Jesus, as a focal point for meditation.
Today, the Church celebrates the birthday of Our Blessed Mother.
May you find time in your day, in your own way, to meditate on
her love for her son,
and for us.
And may the love you collect bloom into a bountiful garden!
(Just don’t forget to share with those around you!)
Won’t you please?
Take a stroll with me?
For all of God’s wonder you shall see!
His mother & friends will meet us there too!
There is so much yet for our eyes to discover,
looking at Mary’s Garden School.
Won’t you please?
hugs n’ blessings to you when you do!
“We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.”
–Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
*John Stokes donated all the data collected during his many years creating A Mary Garden, to the Marian Library. All information regarding A Mary Garden, was taken from this site. (Except for the garden-visitor, who is an angel in her own rite.)