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 Four-Season Garden visible from our main entrance, a Cutting Garden off of Old Dominion Drive, which features stunning blossoms that our Flower Guild uses in altar arrangements, 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 the Glebe 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 extends a visible invitation to find God in all things to all those who come to worship and those in our community. 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.