Gardens are a fun thing to stumble upon in unexpected places, aren’t they? I think I especially love flower gardens these days because it is nearly impossible for me to have a decent flower garden where we live. Between the deer, raccoons, squirrels, bunnies and the occasional marauding bear I have not been able to find the right combination of flowers and deterrents that work. So I enjoy the gardens of others and recently I found one that caught my eye.
We were meeting family in Findlay, Ohio for a quick lunch before we headed back to North Carolina and as we walked on West Sandusky Street past Saint Andrews United Methodist Church I noticed a small area that boasted a few plants that had little markers. Most of the plants were fairly small so I suspect this is a new project that I discovered.
Upon further investigation I discovered that it was a Bible Garden with plants that are mentioned in different books of the Bible or that have a Biblical connection. Each plant was marked with a little rock referencing the name of the plant and sometimes a chapter and verse where the reference to the plant could be found.
What a great idea, don’t you think? This church turned a little spot into a beautiful little oasis with plants that remind us how God has provided beautiful plants for us to nurture. Just as He nurtures us we can nurture those plants that bring beauty to the landscape.
The only plant that is safe in my yard is the one below – Lenten Rose. The deer will not touch it as it is poisonous to them.
Numbers 11:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin.
Numbers 11:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
Exodus 12:22 New International Version (NIV)
22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.
Luke 12:27 New International Version (NIV)
27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Thanks for joining me today as I walked you through the Bible Garden I found. Thank you to the folks at St. Andrew’s UMC Church in Findlay, Ohio for giving me a great walk through a garden.
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Oh, this is such a neat idea! I’ve never seen this done. At first I thought that Mallow (I think that’s what the tag shows) was Columbine. I have that, it spreads and the deer ignore it. Win/win!
Love this idea!
For your own gardening enterprises the only thing I have found that truly works on all the critters you mentioned(except I have no idea about bears but haven’t seen any here yet 😉) it’s Plant-Skyd. Really keeps the critters away for 6 weeks when thru rain!
I need to check out that product for sure. Our deer are voracious eaters and I have to continue to spray and with travel it is hard to keep up. Result – no plants left when i get home. 🙂 Thanks for the tip.
What a great idea. It would be good to return in a year or two to see how it fills out. I love the fact that these plants are all mentioned in the bible. xo
Yes. I had the feeling that it was a new project and not sure how some of those plants will survive over the winter but it would be fun to go back and check it out.
What a great idea! I’ve never seen a garden like this, but I love it!!
It’s a fun idea, isn’t it? Not that anything I planted would survive here with the critters but still. I love the idea.
What a great find! I’ve never heard of a biblical garden before, but what a cool idea. They should do one of these, at the Arc replica in KY…
Great idea! That would be the perfect place for one of these.
That’s a really neat idea. Thanks for sharing
Joyce, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is a cute idea and one that would be fairly easy to do, don’t you think?
It’s a fantastic idea! I love it! As an English teacher and plant lover, I really appreciate this idea. (In fact, I just bought two plants that I didn’t need today after yoga class! I’m such a sad case, but they were both aloe plants!!) Thanks for sharing this. What a great learning tool! This would just rock a Sunday school class, I would think! Love it!
It would be a great project for a Sunday School class indeed! Love your play on words!
What pretty daylilies!
I adore daylillies and they are really looking great around our area right now.
What a wonderful ideal. A Bible Garden I love the name. I have a rock garden and I am going to put some of these plants in it. Thanks so much for the idea, Beth Ann.
I thought it was a pretty neat idea and it was such a sweet little surprise when we were walking to our car that I just had to take some pictures and share.
I’ve never seen anything like this before and like you I like to admire other people’s garden. I have some basic landscaping and don’t have to worry about deer but I just don’t have the time to devote to take care of a garden at the moment.
We have an amazing children’s garden here in the area and it’s so fun to visit.
Oooh a children’s garden? That sounds lovely and a great way to include children in getting excited about plants and growing things. That sounds like a great idea.
Pretty garden. I have problems with deer and rabbits too.
The only thing that they do not seem to bother is my Lenten Rose so I think I will just plant an entire yard of that. I get so frustrated because I can’t seem to keep up with spraying to keep them out of it.
what an absolutely creative way to share the bible. i love this idea.
It is a great way to quietly share, right? I thought it was such a unique idea and a great way to have a theme garden.
I’ve never seen a garden like this-the stone plant markers are really cool.
Kind of fun and different (even if they misspelled a couple of them…
Loved this atricle. Especially the point about a different kind of garden
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