Sunday, May 28, 2017

Make a Mini-Mary Garden {Year 3}

We began celebrating the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima a day early this month by joining friends for a children's adoration hour followed by making our third annual mini-Mary gardens. 

Four families gathered together and about a dozen children planted gardens (even if we did not get photos of everyone.)

This year, the weather was not on our side, so we made our Mary Gardens inside. 

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This year, for our gardens, we used
  • herbs and flowers.  (A friend brought us basil, Raspberry Dianthus, and Montego Yellow Snapdragon to use this year.  You could use traditional Mary Garden plants, too.)

  • a variety of pots that are about 6 inches deep.  (This year, my children re-used the heavy, breakable pots we purchased at a local discount shop last year, because I forgot to order the 14-inch TerraBowl Planters like the ones friends used last year.)

  • small statues of Mary.  (We could only find one of our Immaculate Heart of Mary Statue Favors from years past, so we used other statues we had around the house.  Our clever friend also brought popsicle sticks, scissors, glue, tape, and printouts of suns and Mother Mary images so children could add a Mary with a "dancing sun" to their pots in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.)

  • potting soil

  • hand trowels 

  • shells

  • other decorative items from nature or your craft bin (We added dried straw flowers to the mic this year, which were popular.)

Each of the children's gardens was unique and beautiful, and we are grateful to our friend for organizing our third annual planting!

A How-To and Prior Gardens

Read a how-to with step-by-step photos of the making of our first Mini-Mary Gardens.

Also, enjoy a peak our second annual Mini-Mary Gardens, which brought my daughter such delight as she nibbled into the first literal fruit of them - a delicious, red, ripe, strawberry!

You might also enjoy making Mary Baskets, using flowers and plants related to Our Lady.

It's truly easy (and fun!) to make these lovely, seasonal gardens in honor of Our Lady.  We'd love to see pictures of yours if you make one!


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