Maria Johnson responds to a friend's challenge to find God in the natural world with a reflection on her gardening adventures.
A garden is an ancient metaphor for the spiritual life.
After a year of watching a friend's tower garden, Marya Jauregui took the plunge. She found blessings from tower to table and shares her story here.
In one respect, pruning rosebushes isn’t all that different from parenting.
If you like feeding the birds through the winter, here are a few tips from Margaret Rose Realy, the Catholic Gardener.
From spring forsythia branches to fall garden mums I bring the beauty and fragrance of my garden into the house. Some arrangements are minimalistic and modern; others are full and robust, looking very much like a 16th
I’m not quite sure how well Mary Mary Quite Contrary’s silver bells and cockle shells grew, but I am sure I need all the help I can get in order to develop a greener thumb. I’ve been
Last month I wrote of Adam and the animals. But did you know that the Feast Day of Adam is December 24th? And on that day the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree began? While researching for
I’ve been pulling weeds and took note of their diversity, growth pattern and required habitat to flourish. Some were shallow rooted, prolific and easily removed. Others like the dandelion and common mallow, though fewer, had deep tap
Under the apple tree and along the weathered stockade fence grows an established stand of tall Ostrich Plume ferns, Matteuccia struthiopteris. It is sometimes called shuttlecock fern because their growth pattern looks very much like a badminton
The sun is high, the breeze is warm, and summer is in full swing. Here at the Catholic Company, summer is the time of year we catch our breath after a busy First Communion and Confirmation gift-giving
My mother is in her mid eighties. Last Saturday morning, my extended family gathered in her backyard. We were all there; my 8 brothers and sisters along with our in-laws, nieces and nephews. Bearing shovels and rakes,
There is a lot to be said about the quality of the soil in our gardens. The soil supports all aspects of plant development and vitality. Artificial potting mixes used in greenhouses or plants grown hydroponically in
We all know that, “April showers bring May flowers” . . . but that isn’t all May brings. For Catholics, May is also the Month of Mary. Pope Paul VI wrote a beautiful encyclical on the Month
A Marian garden is the most popular Catholic garden. At one time a Marian garden was only considered such if it was enclosed by a fence or some other type of delineating structure. This tradition came from