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Marian Garden

One way to honor the Blessed Mother is to have a Marian Garden. As we move into Spring, many people begin to think about planting flowers. This year don’t just plant any flowers, plant special flowers in honor of the Blessed Mother!

 

What is a "Marian Garden"?

A Marian Garden is a garden filled with plants, flowers and trees named for Our Lady and Jesus. They are designed to be places of beauty that remind us of our Lord and Lady, allowing us to experience God's creation, and inviting prayer and contemplation.

 

Having a Marian garden is a very simple way to honor the Blessed Mother. It is easy to do with children and can enhance your own devotion to Mary as well. It is not difficult to do and pretty self-explanatory. The most important part of the Marian garden is the flowers.

 

START YOUR MARIAN GARDEN WITH THESE SEVEN EASY STEPS

  • Choose the best place for your Marian Garden - Marian gardens can be located anywhere. They can also be any size. There is not a right or wrong location as long as it can be a place of prayer, reflection, and enjoyment.
     

  • Prepare the Soil - You want to do this to ensure the success of your garden. Some places have terrible soil and even with reasonable care, plants just cannot make it. Consider adding soil mix to help your plants grow better.

 

  • Find a statue of the Blessed Mother to center your garden around - Keep this simple and inexpensive. It is not a Marian garden without some image or reminder of Mary in addition to the flowers themselves. It can be as simple as a laminated holy card. How about painting Mary’s image on a large stone? The possibilities are endless!

 

  • Choose plants for your Marian Garden - Several plants have links to Mary by their names or through the history of devotions to Mary and church tradition. For example:

    • Roses – the “queen of flowers” has long been associated with Mary.

    • Rosemary – It’s in the name!

    • Marigold – Marigold means Mary’s gold. Early Christians offered Mary these instead of coins.

    • Sweet Alyssum – These have a wonderful fragrance. Cross-shaped flowers remind us of our Lord’s cross.

    • Lily of the Valley – These are also known as Our Lady’s Tears. This flower has fragrance and tolerates shade.

    • Impatiens – Also called Mother’s Love because of their constant blooms. Also good for some shade.

    • Bleeding Hearts – for Mary’s heart which was pierced. Tolerates shade.

    • Hyacinth – for its color, fragrance, and star-shaped flower.

 

  • Plan Placement for each Plant in the Garden - Chose plants based on their preferred growing conditions. Shade-loving ones for the shaded part of the garden. You might also consider the height that your flowers and herbs will grow. You do not want some to be in the way of others. Place tallest plants in back and small ones in front.

 

  • Purchase and begin planting your Marian flowers - Now that you know what you will buy, what they mean to you, and where you should place them, you can begin planting. This is the easy and fun part.

 

  • Add Meaningful and/or prayerful Accents – For example, painted rocks that represent an aspect of faith, like the fruits of the spirit. Garden stones, pinwheels, or other items to represent your prayer requests.

 

This week begin planning your Marian Garden, even if you start with ONE Plant!

May Our Blessed Mother wrap you in her lovely mantle and bless you through your garden this year!

 

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