Gardening Ministry2019-06-25T18:07:23-04:00

For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. —Isaiah 61:11

St. Mary’s Garden Ministry develops and maintains the grounds – planting flowers and shrubs as well as assisting with pruning and other care for the many planted areas around the church.

St. Mary’s parishioners minister several planting areas including a welcoming four-season garden visible from our main entrance, a cutting garden off of Old Dominion Drive, which features stunning blossoms that are used by our Flower Guild for arrangements near the altar, and finally a memorial garden, which is positioned to the north side of the church.

St. Mary’s memorial garden is tucked away behind tall evergreens to the left of theGlebe Road entrance and serves as a final resting place for the cremains of some of St. Mary’s faithful departed (others are inurned inside St. Mary’s Chapel columbarium).  This garden is a peaceful place for prayer, a quiet space for students and a welcoming respite for our friends and neighbors.

St. Mary’s Garden Ministry quite literally extend a visible invitation of finding God in all things from inside our worship space to all who walk and drive by our church. Volunteers are needed nearly all months of the year, as documented in this reflection by the late Claudia Boswell. Today, a small group of Garden Ministry friends, Lisa Purrington, Sarah Barge and Jo-Ann Andriko tend to our gardens, and they welcome parishioners to help as often as their schedule allows.

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Email Jo-Ann Andriko at to get started.
  • Meet in front of the Glebe Road entrance Tuesday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m. (weather permitting). St. Mary’s has many tools and supplies to prune, weed, water, and sweep. You may wish to bring your own gloves.
  • High school and adults are welcome to drop in any Tuesday morning and join in. We appreciate regularly attending and casual drop-in gardeners. No experience needed.