If you have passion for gardening, having a Mary garden might be the best choice. This is because it is an easy way to honor the Blessed Mother. It is simple to make one, and you can do it with the help of your kids in enhancing your devotion to Mary. Creating a Mary garden is not something hard and it’s self-explanatory. The essential section of this garden is the flowers and plants. Here are some of the easy steps to start a Mary garden.
Select the perfect location for your Mary garden
Mary gardens can be situated in any place and they can be of any size. Any place is suitable since there is no wrong or right area provided it is a good site for prayer, meditation, and enjoyment. However, you need to decide if it’s a shaded place or an open space since it will influence the type of plants to include in the garden. For instance, you can choose a small corner of your backyard and build a bench in front of the garden where you can relax and pray.
Preparing the soil allows you to ensure your garden thrives. Some areas will have terrible soil such that even if you give it reasonable care, the plants will not succeed. In this case, you can use box gardens whereby you fill them with the soil mixture that has the required nutrients for the plants to grow. Make sure you replace the old soil with new soil that is full of nutrients every year for better results.
Get a statue of the blessed mother or another sculpture and place it at the center of the garden
This should be simple and affordable just like the way our blessed mother will love it. Bear in mind that the garden cannot be considered as a Mary gardens if there isn’t catholic garden statues or reminder of Mary alongside the flowers. For instance, you can opt for a simple image like a laminated Holy card or a painting of Blessed Mother statue on a huge stone.
Find plants for your Mary garden
Many plants are linked to Mary either via the archives of devotions to Mary and the tradition of the church or through the naming. There are numerous options of plants to have in your garden since Mary garden serves as a true expression of the believer’s personal devotion to the holy mother. Any plant can be suitable for your garden provided it is meaningful for you and offers you an opportunity to have a better prayer life.
It is important to choose flowers that are easy to find and are affordable. They should also be suitable for your location. You can create a list of many flowers and do some research on the legends linked with various flowers and what they mean. One of the best stories is when Mary cried under the cross, her tears transformed into flowers. Her tears are the devotional title for Lily of the Valley. Marigold or Mary’s gold was given as offerings by the ancient Christians instead of coins. Other flowers include:
- Mary’s praise (petunias)
- Our Lady’s gloves (foxglove)
- Our Lady’s shoes (dropped spurs from the columbine are said to resemble the Blessed Mother’s shoes)
Select a location for each plant in the garden
Select the flowers mentioned above for creating your family garden since they are popular and affordable. Make sure you pick the plants depending on their preferred growing conditions. For instance, you can choose those that do well in the shades for the shaded section of the garden. Place those that need plenty of sunlight in the open section of your Mary garden.
Make sure you pay attention to the height of your growing plants and flower. This will help you have plants of uniform height. Tall plants should take the backspace of the garden as the short ones take the front.
Buy and start planting your flowers
Since you understand what you are required to purchase, the significance of the plants and where to put them, you can start planting them. This should be a simple and thrilling part.
It is so thrilling to see how our Mary sculpture stands in the garden at the backyard, watching over my kids as they play. In some way, together with her flowers manages to endure all their games while reminding the kids that she is a significant part of their lives.
From the tender age, my kids have been naturally attracted to her gentle motherliness. I frequently catch my kids talking to our blessed mother, ending their little talk with a kiss on her stone cheek. Having a Mary garden in our backyard has been the most effective way to bring the entire family close to the blessed mother. Since we are drawn closer to her, she is bringing us closer to Jesus Christ.
Mary gardens can be planted in a flower bed or a container. You can also create your garden in a small vessel or terrarium if you want to use it for indoor enjoyment. They play a vital role in Christianity since they can induce a special aspect of Mary’s life or can be comprised of a diversity of herbs and flowers that work well in the Catholic church. The majority of flowers bear the name of Mary, the saints or any other face of Catholic Christianity.
In a certain period of the year, you can plant bedding plants, or you can plant seeds and wait for the surprise to sprout out. Involving your kids in the process is essential since you will have time to explain to them why you need to take care of the garden.
Most of the time, you will get the peace of mind you seek by sitting on your garden bench. The garden offers a beautiful scene to watch the beauty of the butterflies and flowers and with your rosary beads in hand. You will also enjoy the strong scent of roses that infuses the atmosphere. With this pleasant environment, a sure sign that the blessed mother is nearby.