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Biblical Gardens
 By LMG Calla Victoria

       There are many garden themes that come to mind when deciding on a landscape design for a garden. There are Japanese garden themes, cottage gardens, and now one of the most popular garden designs is the Biblical Garden; which showcases the plant material mentioned in the Bible.  Biblical Gardens expose us to rare and unique botanical specimens like Henna (Lawsonia inermis, also called mignonette tree), the Myrrh Tree (MIPHORA africana) from where the bitter herb Myrrh is extracted, Frankincense Tree (BOSWELLIA SACRA FluecCOMkiger) “Frankincense” (COPAL FAMILY) which was presented to the Holy Family by the Magi. Mandrake is the plant that Leah traded to Rachael for a one-night stand with Jacob. There is Hyssop, which were the branches the children of Israel dipped in lambs blood and spread it on the doors before they were led out of bondage in Egypt; and Flax the plant that linen is made of.

       The best thing about a Biblical Garden you don’t have to waste a lot of time trying to figure out what plant material to buy, everything you need is written right there in the good book . I dedicated a section of my garden as a Biblical Garden. There I planted grapevines because Jesus changed water to wine (John 2:1-11), an olive tree because the dove brought Noah back an olive branch indicating dry land had been found (Genesis 8:11), a fig tree as Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves. I also planted wheat because in one of Joseph’s dreams his brothers’ bails of wheat bowed down to his bail, which was a prophecy of him becoming the governor of Egypt, (Genesis 37:7); Pomegranate Punica granatum (Song of Solomon 7:12) and cucumber Cucumis melon mentioned in (Numbers 11:5), just to name a few.

        Planting a Biblical Garden is quite rewarding, informative, and connects us to those ancients who thousands of years ago planted and harvested many of the very plants that we enjoy today.  For most of them however the planting of certain crops were a necessity for their very existence, as there were no supermarkets back then. Speaking of which many savvy residents are reverting back to planting their own crops as food prices are skyrocketing. I paid $5 for a gallon of milk last week, which got me to wondering what permits I might need to secure to have cow in my back yard. Urban farming is fast becoming the norm and not the exception for many households. If you would like to learn more about Urban Farming, Master Gardeners of New Orleans (MGGNO) in conjunction with the LSU AgCenter will be holding a Symposium on September15, 2012, from 9:30 AM-1:00 PM at the Dominion Auditorium at Audubon Zoo . This fun and informative event will focus on Building and Maintaining a Fall Edible Garden, Raising Chickens in an Urban Area, Bee Keeping in an Urban Area, and Nutritious Meals fromYour Fall Garden. Registration is $15 per person, which includes lunch. I hope to see you there. For further information on the Symposium or questions about how to become a Master Gardener, direct your questions to:


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