It’s official — I’m 50 years old today! My husband John, my mom, my family and all my friends have made this day wonderful! My husband and I are also celebrating our third wedding anniversary this month, and my mom’s birthday is in May. May is a special month for us!
I have learned from my husband, who loves the Catholic Church, that May is the Marian month, or the month dedicated to Mary. In her book, Through the Wild Heart of Mary. herbalist Gail Faith Edwards describes the tradition of the “Mary Garden”, which contains plants associated with Mary. My husband and I have decided to celebrate this special month by starting a Mary Garden on our terrace. For my birthday, John bought two statues of Mary, which now sit on our terrace. Plants will soon surround these statues.
Many plants are with the Virgin Mary, and even have names which honor her. Some of my favorite herbs, including thyme (“The Virgin’s Humility”),
rosemary (“Rose of Mary”) and basil (“Holy Communion Basil”), can be part of a Mary Garden.
Of course, roses and lilies have a strong association with Mary. Another Mary plant, the May blossom or hawthorn tree, is especially dear to me as an herbal tonic for the heart. I can’t wait to learn more about plants and herbs and their association with Mary. This month of May will be even more of a blessing than ever.
Enjoy this month of renewal! Maybe you’ll come up with some ideas for a Mary Garden of your own.