in bloom March 25 - May 10, 2017
Grow your knowledge of Mary's Gardens! This exhibition, inspired by the John Stokes and Mary’s Gardens Collection in the Marian Library, features a living indoor garden of plants and flowers whose names and stories honor the Blessed Virgin Mother.
Grunder Landscaping, a Dayton-area company started by 1990 University of Dayton graduate Marty Grunder, meticulously followed the guidelines of the Mary's Gardens organization in the design of this exhibit's Mary Garden. The garden will change four times during the exhibit (about every 10-12 days) to reflect spring, summer, winter and fall. 'Like' Roesch Library on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get updates.
How to Go
Stroll through a Mary's Garden
Walk through a living indoor garden filled with flowers and plants named for Mary. The garden’s design draws from the folklore, lexicography and botanical research assembled by John S. Stokes Jr., who co-founded the Mary’s Gardens movement in Philadelphia in 1951.
Become acquainted with John Stokes
Engage with the history of the Mary’s Gardens movement through the personal collection of the founder. See displays of artifacts, photographs and papers of Stokes, whose collection was donated to the Marian Library in 2007.
Visit the Marian Library Gallery
Take in the beauty of flowers inspired by Mary from new paintings by Cincinnati artist Holly Schapker.
March 25 - May 4, 2017 (exceptions below for April 13-17)
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 6 pm. Friday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday
April 13: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed April 14, 15, 16
April 17: Noon - 10 p.m.
May 5 - May 9, 2017
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays
Noon - 5 p.m. Saturday - Sunday
The Marian Library exhibit hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday; closed April 14 and 17.
Free and open to all. Brief remarks will begin at 2:30 p.m. Speakers include Sarah Cahalan, director of the Marian Library; Anne Stokes Hochberg, oldest in the family of John Stokes' five children; Brent Ogburn, director of business development, Grunder Landscaping; and Sister Leanne Jablonski, Hanley Sustainability Institute Scholar for Faith and the Environment.
On Sundays, visitors may park in lots A, B and P. See our campus map for directions.
Buy online Looking to build a serene, prayerful, relaxing destination? Purchase a Mary Garden Eco-Cube and you will have exactly what you are looking for. Each eco-cube contains seeds and growing material. Each eco-cube includes a statue of Mary that can be placed in, or next to the box. Online sales only through the University of Dayton Bookstore.
Looking to build a serene, prayerful, relaxing destination? Purchase a Mary Garden Eco-Cube and you will have exactly what you are looking for. Each eco-cube contains seeds and growing material. Each eco-cube includes a statue of Mary that can be placed in, or next to the box. Online sales only through the University of Dayton Bookstore.