Mary's Gardens

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. 

Self-guided tour handouts (PDF) and the exhibit plant list (PDF) are available by the first-floor gallery entrance. 

How to Go

Stroll through a Mary's Garden

1st floor

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

2nd floor

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

7th floor

Take in the beauty of flowers inspired by Mary from new paintings by Cincinnati artist Holly Schapker. 

Exhibit Hours

Plan your visit! The living indoor garden and second-floor exhibit in Roesch Library are open:

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. 

Opening Event

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26

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.

Tour Days

Individuals as well as groups are welcome to sign up for a 45-minute tour of the three exhibits. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. We may be able to accommodate tours for groups of 20 or more with enough advance notice. Please fill out the Large Group Tour Request form.

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Roesch Library 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1360