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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

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

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

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

Reverie: Dorothy Francis Gurney, Victorian Poet

Garden Poet: Victorian Lady

Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney

The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God's heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.



You never heard that before? Neither had I.…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on October 15, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Garden Reverie: Unseen but not Unsung

Give beer to people who are dying and wine to those who are sad. Let them drink and forget their need and remember their misery no more.

Proverbs 31:7, 8

The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast (se’or), which a woman took, and hid in…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on August 25, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie: Water Woes - Water Wonders

...the desert will bloom with flowers. It will be very glad and shout for joy.

Isaiah 35: 2

Israeli Olive trees planted in the Desert by Dr. Zohar Kerem - part of a large scale project demonstrating how humanity can work with nature to fight drought and desertification…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on July 27, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie: Hildegarde

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) Gardener of Bingen

Abbess, Doctor of the Church, Physician, Lecturer, Scientist, Builder, Philosopher, Saint

Her family name is forgotten. We know her only from her Christian name and the name her gardens took:…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on June 9, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Garden Reverie for Nissan -- The Month of Trees

Nissan the Month of Trees

Abraham's Oak - Hebron (Library of Congress, Photochrome Division) --



This ancient tree is said to mark the place where Abraham entertained the three…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on March 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Garden Reverie - Oh Happy Day!

I know you know who this Saintly Gent is

Gracious speech is like clover honey—good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.…

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Added by William Joseph Moran III on March 17, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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