Juniper Joy

Greek juniper berries on branches

Juniper is one of the unsung heroes of the season’s evergreenery—not today! Today let us burst into song, as the Lord commands his mountains, and clap our hands as He decrees to forests, in jubilant praise of junipers. They are a gloriously fragrant genus of branches to help us deck the halls this holiday season. […]

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God’s Focus in Saffron Crocus

saffron crocus lavish colors

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us […]

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San Antonio’s Sacred Garden

water fountain in SAcred Garden at SABOT

San Antonio’s Sacred Garden, a sheltered, hidden plot in the heart of the San Antonio Botanical Garden, holds a treasure trove of Biblical plants, a must-see for those who seek out the holiness of gardens. Actually, with a similar latitude and need for water savviness as the Levant, plants from the Bible are easy to […]

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Walking through the Orchard, part 2

Fall apple orchard in Virginia

Today our orchard walk takes us through a figurative journey, with fruit-filled, real-orchard images to accompany us along the way. PaRDeS is an acrostic—spelling the Hebrew word for orchard—which depicts a method of Jewish Biblical interpretation that presumes multiple layers of meaning to exist in the phrases and paragraphs, the expression and recounting of Scripture. Touches […]

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Walking Through the Orchard

gift in hand from Carol Miller Kelley Orchard

Today’s return to A Tasteful Place, the edible gardening section of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, reveals a marvelous moment where hidden things of the Bible come to life. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, […]

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Plant a Remembrance of Rejoicing

soft caress mahonia fronds close up view

What gardener would not be delighted by a holiday celebrated with a plant list?! The final appointed celebration decreed by the Lord in Leviticus 23 (also Exodus 23 and Deuteronomy 16) is the Feast of Tabernacles (also called Feast of Ingathering or Booths, or Sukkot in Hebrew), taking place this week, September 24th to September 30th. […]

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Must Have Mustards!

fall gardens mustards growing through the winter

In fall gardens, mustards are a must! These leafy greens will become a beloved part of your vegetable garden, sprouting quickly in the cooler fall weather, lingering though mild winters or under colder climate row covers, and seeing you through to a spring flourish. There are several ways to enjoy this plant in your garden-to-table […]

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Mayor Daley Goes to the Dentist

coneflowers and skyscrapers at Lurie Garden

Who transforms a dentist visit into a public garden to bless fellow citizens? These are the stories that come alive as garden writers gather together. Communicators from the gardening industry ventured to Chicago this month, uniting to spur each other on to be the best at what we do—bringing garden stories to you! We work […]

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Recounting the Carob Story

carob pods in a southern CA tree

I hope the story never gets old—that astonishing embrace, the father’s widely enfolding welcome to his returning son. Destitute and down-and-out, yet mindful of his father’s decency, the son returns to his father’s estate in hopes of taking a small place among those who care for his land. There, the son determines to be grateful […]

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Confessions in Cucumber Salad

coriander cucumber salad from the garden

Cultivating cucumbers this summer? Two of our three cucumber vines recently succumbed to the stress of our brutal heat, yet the third is thriving, a steady producer, surprising me every several days with a new fruit (vegetable!) revealed somewhere under the broad, sheltering leaves. Happily we are enjoying a constant supply of Cucumber Salad on […]

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