Mary’s Garden

 

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.

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DEAR SON-IN-LAW,

(OF-WHICH-I’M-PROUD-TO-CALL-YOU!)

You have enriched our family
with warmth, charm and wit ..
Please don’t change, or rearrange
yourself one little bit!

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Your laughter spreads a happiness
to cheer the heart and home ..
Your friendly charming spirit is
quite simply all we’ve known!

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So, take pleasure in your birthday
as you celebrate the day ..
With family beside you
to bring  good times all the way!

Happy Birthday Son-in-law!

We love you and are counting our blessings as we celebrate your special day!!!

…especially as we take a moment to explain

(which may be either fact or fiction???)

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Cheers! x 27!

Daughter You Are a Blessing

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When you have a daughter

who makes you proud,

makes you laugh,

and, very often,

makes your day…

you know what joy is.

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When you have a daughter

who is a good person

with a gracious heart

and a gorgeous spirit…

you know what peace is.

When you have a daughter

whose beauty (inside and out)

is matched only

by her compassion for others…

you know what love is.

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