What a marvelous weekend I enjoyed with fellow garden writers at the Garden Writers Association Symposium in Pittsburgh. There is a sort of madness in our souls when it comes to gardening! It was exciting, engaging and encouraging to be with those who work as I do to communicate the grand (and humbling!) story of gardening.
If you have a trade association, join it!
Enjoy fellowship on common ground with your colleagues.
And if you want to associate with fellow gardeners, join ours!
Social media makes us all broadcast journalists to some degree, and the hope and goodness in gardening is a story we each have a part in stewarding well.
Are there Bible Plants in Pittsburgh?!
Despite the difference in climate and exposure between this northern city and the Holy Land, Pittsburgh had many plants from God’s Word tucked among its city gardens. Enjoy a few snapshots and be inspired to spy Bible plants wherever your travels take you.
I came here before the symposium began, eager to see one of the largest Bible gardens in America, and spent a tranquil morning on this holy ground at the Rodef Shalom Temple.
Peace be on Israel
Also greeting the garden guest –
“Sukkot remembers and celebrates the next chapter of the tale of God saving the People from bondage in Egypt and leading them through the desert into a new and fruitful land. It is a part of the tale of our salvation. It is our history: our common experience with Grace.”
— William Joseph Moran III, “The Trees of Hadar,” Seed, Spade and Sword: The Bible in Context
But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home.
Common Elements: Castor Beans, Grapevines & Figs
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is another garden must-see when in Pittsburgh! Additionally, our group was welcomed at many private residential gardens, another bonus for traveling with garden writers. These unique plants and features were found in more than one garden.
Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit
Discovering the Unexpected
Maidenhair fern grows everywhere in the Phipps indoor gardens, and who would expect such a misty, water-lover to be found in the dry lands of Israel?
These are just a handful of photos to show that wherever you go, ready to embrace new adventures or not, you will find a reminder of God’s ever-presence in the landscape.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Top Photo Caption: ©2014 Shelley S. Cramm Acacia wood was called upon for most of the Tabernacle furniture (Exodus 25-26). Its delicate leaves offer a surprising amount of shade to desert travelers.