I found out about Bible Gardens a few years ago when I came across a book and just loved the idea of starting one. Even though I’ve had a Bible Garden for 7 or 8 years, it is still a work in progress. Plants grow, change, die, I add something new, the goat eats my new bush (true story!). It’s an ever changing garden.
A Bible Garden is a garden with plants that are mentioned in the Bible or plants that have Bible sounding names. Some examples of plants that are mentioned in the Bible are Roses, Hyssop, Burning Bush. Some examples of plants that aren’t necessarily named in the Bible but have Bible sounding names are Lily of the Valley (below), Rose of Sharon, Lambs Ear, or the Passion Flower in the picture above.
Bible Gardens can be a fun family project to plant and maintain. I used to have a bench next to my Bible Garden, and it was a beautiful, peaceful place to go to pray or to just sit and think. The Burning Bush below is just gorgeous in the fall.
Lambs Ear, below, is a fun plant to have if you have small children. It is so soft and a family favorite. The flower stalks are beautiful, too. All of the little green buds open to a purple flower so that the whole stalk is covered in purple. You can see how “furry” the bigger leaves are. Just like a real lambs ear.
I learned about Bible Gardens by reading. This is the book that I have.
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The author has done a great job of researching the subject and presenting it. She uses the Latin name for plants, so it can be hard to find some of these plants in your local nursery or in a catalog. She often calls them by a common name in her explanation, so that does make it easier to find some of the plants now.
Here are three more books available on Bible Gardens.
There are many, many books on plants of the Bible. You can get plant specific books, also, with just flowers, or just herbs, or just trees.
Bible Gardens are beautiful, peaceful, a great conversation starter with your guests, and just a fun way to garden.