A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac is the first book to offer gardeners spiritual resources and creative projects that connect a love of gardening with their Catholic faith. Margaret Realy, master gardener, retreat leader, and writer, presents this spiritual companion that follows the natural and liturgical seasons and offers gardening tips and easy-to-do projects for each month of the year.
A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac explores the riches of the Catholic spiritual tradition in conjunction with all things gardening. Realy offers meditations and scripture passages on a spiritual theme for each month, reflections on the liturgical seasons and feasts, and delightful stories of saints who have special relevance to gardening. Readers also will discover the connection between the conversion of St. Paul and the canna seed, how the flight into Egypt was saved by a miraculous growth of seed, and the many miracles that made St. Brigid patroness of farmers.
Additionally, there are creative ideas for garden design, practical tips and techniques, suggestions on unique plants, and a table of biblical plants. Gardeners at any level of proficiency and dedication will be enchanted by what they find in this extraordinary book.
Trim size: 6 x 9 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“A must-have devotional for everyone.”
“Margaret Rose Realy’s lovely new book is filled with wisdom, inspiration, and practical tips for creating gardens that both reflect and enhance faith. Her vivid stories invite readers to understand the enduring appeal of gardens and gardening. I consider this a must-have devotional for everyone, not just those of us who already love gardening.”
Author of The Catholic Home
“Treasury of faith and gardening.”
“You'll grow closer to God as you journey with Margaret Realy in this treasury of faith and gardening. Your year will be rich with faith and will bloom beautifully with this companion by your side.”
Author of A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy
“A unique offering.”
“A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac is precisely what it purports to be: a unique offering that brings together saintly hagiography, serious tips for gardening and outdoor projects, explorations in symbolic meaning, and prompts to contemplation and prayer that are disguised amid talk of planting, pruning, watering, harvesting, and saints.”
Catholic blogger and author of Strange Gods
“Sure to inspire.”
“Margaret Rose Realy leads the reader by the hand through God's creation in the garden and shows us how to be open to the presence of the Creator. With saints' stories, symbols, biblical reflections, tender anecdotes, and more, this one-of-a-kind book is sure to inspire the gardener in everyone!”
Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
EWTN host and author of Rooted in Love