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.
Margaret Rose Realy
||Margaret Rose Realy is a Benedictine oblate who made her final oblate profession on March 15, 2014, at St. Benedict Monastery in Oxford, Michigan. She has a master’s degree in communications from Michigan State University, is a regular contributor to CatholicMom.com, and writes about spirituality and gardening for The Catholic Channel at Patheos. She is also the author of A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time and Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent. Margaret has been featured in Catholic Digest; The Catholic Times; Jackson Citizen Patriot; Lansing State Journal; The Daily Reporter; Your Home, Your Lifestyle; and on the Among Women podcast. Realy is the owner of Morning Rose Prayer Gardens, a liturgical garden consulting and educational business. She is a certified greenhouse grower, an advanced master gardener, and the coordinator emeritus of the St. Francis Retreat Center Garden Society in DeWitt, Michigan. She has worked as a greenhouse grower and garden consultant, taught workshops at Michigan State University, and is accredited to teach MSU Master Gardener continuing education.
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 “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.
- Elizabeth Scalia Catholic blogger and author of Strange Gods
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.
- Sarah Reinhard Author of A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy
Margaret Realy nurtures our yearning to be closer to God and his creation, encouraging prayerful presence in both the natural and liturgical seasons as we garden. Her book is a delightful way to garden meaningfully . . . praying as we work. Ora et labora!
- Maria Morera Johnson Cohost of Catholic Weekend
Margaret Rose Realy’s newest gardening book combines respect for the glory of creation with reverence for the liturgical year. Comprehensive and informative, yet approachable for even newbie gardeners. Dig in, learn, and grow!
- Pat Gohn Author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious
An inspiring resource for Catholics who long to deepen their faith through the earthy rhythms of gardening, overflowing with stories and practices to nurture your spirituality into bloom.
- Christine Valters Paintner Author of The Artist’s Rule
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.
- Meredith Gould Author of The Catholic Home