The Marian Library at the University of Dayton received the collected papers of John Stokes, who popularized Mary gardens in the United States, in 2007.
Thanks to the generous support of the Greater Dayton Foundation, we’ve partnered with Mission of Mary Farm, East End Community Services and Queen of Apostles’ religious education program to install pollinator gardens in the Twin Towers neighborhood and develop educational opportunities for students. In November we hosted a Project WILD workshop for East End staff who developed an ecologically-themed after school class for their students. This year students will visit Mount St. John and Mission of Mary Urban Farm for field trips to learn about food production and ecology and engage in service learning. Students will help install the gardens, beautifying their own neighborhoods while learning about their environment.
This is a pilot program, and with your help we can expand it to include new classes of students and beautify more urban lots. If you would like to support the growth of this program, click here.