Gardening guides from the John Stokes and Mary's Gardens collection include plant lists, gardening information, garden layout plans, and other materials related to Catholic and Marian gardens, plants, and flowers. Mr. Stokes co-founded Mary's Gardens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1951. He created the gardening guides as part of the Mary's Gardens movement to promote education and interest in Catholic and Marian symbolism of plants and flowers. All gardening guides from the collection have been digitized and are available below. For more information, please see the Guide to the John Stokes and Mary's Gardens collection or contact the Marian Library at mlimri@udayton.edu..

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100 Plants for Larger Mary Garden, circa 2000

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200 Flowers, Shrubs and Trees for Sunny Mary Gardens, 1965

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Contemporary Mary Garden Plan, 1968

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Culinary and Fragrant Herbs of Religious Symbolism, 1965

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Garden of Our Lady Plan, 1937

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How to Start a Mary Garden in Philadelphia, 1965

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Indoor Dish Garden Planting and Care, 1963

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Mary's House Plants for the Blind/Dish Mary Gardens for the Blind, circa 1960

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Parish Mary Gardens, circa 1980

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Plants of Religious Symbolism in the Medieval Garden of the Bonnefont Cloister, 1965

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Popular Plants for Indoor/Outdoor Mary Gardens, circa 1960

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Tropical Plants with Religious Names, circa 1965