May is just around the corner.
So, I am already thinking about what we might do for our annual Mini Mary Gardens. I am also dreaming about finally putting together a full-size Mary Garden in our yard.
Even if time, resources, and life do not line up for me to create a beautiful outdoor Mary Garden, though, I am excited at the possibility of inspiring my children in the creation of this years' Mini Mary Gardens by sharing with them news of a contest the Museum of Family Prayer is running, which you might be interested in, too.
Whereas traditional Mary Gardens have historically been enclosed gardens filled with flowers and herbs whose names connect to Our Lady which are planted around a statue of the Holy Virgin, the Museum of Family Prayer is opening the proverbial field to include any space filled with plants and flowers where you and your family might go with Our Lady to focus on prayers, peace, and beauty.
A porch, a corner of an apartment, a spot in your yard... Anywhere where you can grace your hearts and home with God's presence by creating your very own Mary Garden is fair game.
What a fun way to encourage some creative springtime planting fun and some summer-into-fall peaceful prayer.
Be sure to keep watch of the official contest page for forthcoming details. In the meantime, happy planning and planting.
Blessed Virgin, pray for us.