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.
Have you seen anything like this before? Leave me a comment and let me know in the comment section. Each comment this month means a 50 cent donation to our Comment for a Cause – Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Come back later this week for a few posts from one of my favorite places The Biltmore in Asheville, NC.