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Advent Reflection 2016

The desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose...

Isiah 35: 1 

Advent is a time of…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on December 1, 2016 at 12:00am — No Comments

Garden Reverie -- Climbing the Tree of Life

For this we must again thank my Uncle Rodney Plyles, now a delegate to the House of Delegates in West Virginia, who led us to the Ohio's Gardens of Zoar. 

He noted the sycamore named in the Gospel reading from Luke and asked if it was the tree he knew.

It is not the American Sycamore.

It is the…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on November 21, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

Garden Reverie -- It All Started 75 Years Ago in America

Our society is translating the excellent book by Pastor Dr Katrin Stückrath: Bibelgärten: Entstehung, Gestaltung, Bedeutung, Funktion und Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven (Bible Gardens: Creation, Form, Meaning, Function and Interdisciplinary Perspectives).  The book presents a thorough overview of the history of Biblical Botanical Garden Movement. It turns out that the movement, our…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on November 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Zera' & Seed Saving

With many plants going to seed in the waning autumn sun, let’s talk seed saving. As a beginning gardener, I never gave much effort towards such practice; seeds’ inconsequential size and seemingly infinite supply trivialized their worth to me.



Yet now I see the season-end gift from our…

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Added by Shelley S. Cramm on October 20, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Link to Bible Garens overview Link

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4Tf6L

Following this link will open our PowerPoint presentation about bible gardens. 

If you do not have PowerPoint , the work plays in Google Slides. 

Enjoy!

Added by William Joseph Moran III on October 11, 2016 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie – The Lowly Reed Raised High

Arundo donax

Out of Ephraim their root is against Amalek. After thee Benjamin among thy peoples. Out of Machir came down lawgivers, and out of Zebulun those drawing with the reed of a writer.

Judges 5: 14…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on August 24, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

BB Garden Review: The Warsaw Biblical Gardens, Warsaw, Indiana

Master Gardener:  PARDEE GUNTER

The Warsaw BBG,…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on June 30, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie — All in the Family

Dill – Anentum graveolens,  a typical, friendly member of the Apiaceae family

This is a question botanists have contemplated since Theophrastus, and I pose it you now:

What have these plants in common (and don’t answer that ‘they are all in my…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on June 17, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Coast-to-Coast Cedar of Lebanon

Gardeners, don’t you love the way our crazy passion seems to crop up everywhere we go? I had two weekends of travel this spring, in what I thought would be time away from our growing Bible garden…surprise! With a little digging, I discovered our anniversary trip to New York and my visit with family…

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Added by Shelley S. Cramm on June 2, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Bible Brambles & Pentecost

I am staring at our bramble bushes, bursting in delight, for the bushes are bursting in berries. How we have anticipated this moment! With my constant garden babble, my husband’s heart began stirring with his own childhood garden memories…of boysenberries. To hear him tell it, they had bramble-acres,…

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Added by Shelley S. Cramm on May 21, 2016 at 12:38pm — No Comments

National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is a day of common ground, “bringing together citizens to celebrate our most beloved freedom; the freedom to humbly come before God and seek His guidance in prayer,” quoted from…

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Added by Shelley S. Cramm on May 5, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie -- Rogation

Rogation: The Church comes forth to ask the help of the Almighty in our work on farm and field

For decades my Book of Common Prayer 1940 mocked me with a Sunday Service heading: Rogation Sunday. I had no idea what the words meant.…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on May 3, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

URLs Sources for'Terebinth'

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/NdP_Pistacia_vera.png

These are the URLs for the sources I consulted when composing my latest work on the genus Pistacia, aka the Terebinth…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on April 28, 2016 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie -- Terebinth

Flowering Pistacia terebinthus . Note the broad crown. The crown above mirrors the roots below.

By one old, old reckoning, it is the year 5,776 and it is the month Nisan: the month of trees.…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on April 27, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Bitter Herbs Banter

This weekend brings Passover celebrations to the Jewish community, no better time to learn more about growing bitter herbs in the garden.…

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Added by Shelley S. Cramm on April 21, 2016 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie: Like Aloes Planted by the Lord

Aloe arborescens var. natalensis, Xanthorrhoeaceae. M.S. del., J.N.Fitch lith. - Curtis's Botanical Magazine, London., vol. 142. Public domain.

"Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on February 23, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie: An American First

Thaddeus Mason Harris – American Preacher, Pastor, Naturalist

 

Not too very long ago as eternity parses out time, a remarkably young man graduated from the ‘Hat-yard‘[i].  The year was 1787.  He was then 19 and had studied the Liberal Arts and Theology with fierce…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on January 15, 2016 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie -- Gardens of Byzantium

Merry Christmas to the rest of Christendom!

Yes, it is Christmas now throughout the world of the Orthodox – that church that styles itself the First Church.  I cannot disagree with them. This is the Church that was the home of Saint Nikolas of Smyrna, who was a skinny Greek miracle worker before Thomas Nast and Father Christmas got hold of him for a make-over.

The Roman Church split away from the Christian body in 1054 over a long simmering ecclesiastic dispute and a small …

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on January 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie: Biblical Botanical Gardens of the World – Some Northern Gardens, a brief survey

First: I and the BBGS leadership team wish you all a warm, heartfelt Seasons Greetings!



Garden path at Kew



The muse has been eluding…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on December 30, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Looking for all of the fresh, evergreen loveliness with none of the needle mess? Boxwood is your happy answer, old faithful from the garden. The dependable, adaptable shrub that screens foundations, …

Looking for all of the fresh, evergreen loveliness with none of the needle mess? Boxwood is your happy answer, old faithful from the garden. The dependable, adaptable shrub that screens foundations, borders walkways, and boxes in overflowing flowers beds also yields quietly beautiful, bright green sprigs and branches, lasting for weeks in garlands, swags, and wreaths. Look for boxwood “evergreenery” in florists…

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Added by Shelley S. Cramm on December 17, 2015 at 5:21pm — 2 Comments

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