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A Marian Terrarium: Workshop Materials Now Available on Demand

By Melanie Fields

In the University Libraries’ first live webinar on UDigital, the University of Dayton’s new online event platform for alumni and the community, Marian Library staff presented Mary Gardens for Mother’s Day: A DIY Windowsill Display. After learning a brief history of the Mary’s Gardens movement and viewing a gallery of plants and flowers named for the Blessed Virgin Mary, about 40 participants learned how to create their own small Marian plant displays for themselves and their loved ones.

If you missed your chance to register or attend the webinar, we have good news: The recording is now available along with the presentation slides and informational handouts. These include a Marian terrarium supplies list; an introduction to three types of dish gardens; and a planting list containing 45 Marian plants to grow and cultivate.

Whether you are already an avid Mary Gardener or just beginning your gardening journey, the Marian Library has the resources you need. Explore more of the John Stokes and Mary's Gardens archival collection online and send questions or images of your own Mary Gardens to

Below is a selection of dish gardens featured in the presentation and submitted by webinar participants. Enjoy!

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