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Mary Flowers and Gardens Questionnaire

Mary's Flowers and Gardens Questionnaire

Mary gardens and Mary's flowers were a fairly well-known and enthusiastically-followed movement in the second half of the twentieth century. The movement took its inspiration, historical and spiritual knowledge, and practical know-how from a small group of people—principally John S. Stokes, an engineer and former Quaker. The movement led to the creation of a number of gardens with Mary's flowers in the United States. Do these Mary gardens still exist? Have new ones been created? 

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute has been entrusted with the legacy of John S. Stokes; with his manuscripts, library, and website, but also his spirit. This message goes to all friends of Mary's flowers and gardens. We would like to know you and your involvement with this tradition. Do you currently have a Mary garden or have plans to plant one? Would you be willing to share your experience or questions? Would you like to meet other people interested in Mary's flowers and gardens?

Please take a moment to answer this brief questionnaire or contact us at or by calling 937-229-4214.

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