The John Stokes and Mary's Gardens collection contains the personal papers of John S. Stokes Jr., and the records of his organization, Mary's Gardens. The collection includes Stokes' manuscripts, correspondence, research materials, articles, photographs, audio recordings, and ephemera related to his interests in Catholicism, the Blessed Virgin Mary, gardening, names and symbolism of plants and flowers associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mary's Gardens movement, social justice, civil rights, ecumenism, and other related topics. Mary's Gardens records include press releases, newsletters, marketing materials, articles, garden plans, and ephemera on Stokes' organization (co-founded in 1951 with Edward McTague) based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Additionally, some materials deal with Stokes' website, also called Mary's Gardens (mgardens.org). Selections from the John Stokes and Mary's Gardens 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.