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Garden Blessings: Prose, Poems and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening

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Garden Blessings is an eloquent tribute to the wonders of the garden, a place where our souls are nourished and memories grown. June Cotners books comprise a balance of about 20 percent classic and famous writers and 80 percent lesser-known, award-winning writers, uncovering many selections not found anywhere else. Ranging from childhood memories of planting and harvesting to celebrations of the changing seasons to contemplation on the joyful art of gardening, Garden Blessings is a moving collection of poems, prayers, and reflections that reminds us of what really matters — making and sharing memories.

Our gardens grow us, and this collection of readings takes us down a path of pleasure. The overriding intention of Garden Blessings is to provide a heartwarming, spiritually focused collection of uplifting prayers, prose, and poems that share a common joy and appreciation for the love of gardening and the many blessings that gardens bring to our lives. June Cotner, a best-selling inspirational author, has gathered a bounty of garden blessings here, offering gems of wisdom that remind the reader and gardener in all of us just how much we learn from our gardens.

Synopsis:

May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers

Our gardens grow us, and this moving collection of readings takes us through every season and down a path of pure pleasure. Garden Blessings is a one-of-a-kind treasury of uplifting prayers, prose and poems that share a common appreciation for the love of gardening and the many blessings that gardens bring to our lives. June Cotner, a bestselling inspirational author, has gathered a bounty of gifts from the garden here, offering gems of wisdom that remind the reader and gardener in all of us just how much we learn from nature.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.

—Dorothy Frances Gurney

About the Author

June Cotner is the author or editor of 28 books, including the best-selling Graces, Bedside Prayers, and Dog Blessings. Junes latest love and avocation is giving presentations on “Adopting Prisoner-Trained Shelter Dogs.” In 2011 she adopted Indy, a chocolate lab/Doberman mix (a LabraDobie!), from the Freedom Tails program at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, WA. June works with Indy daily to build on the wonderful obedience skills he mastered in the program. She and Indy have appeared on the television shows “AM Northwest” (Portland, OR) and “New Day Northwest” (Seattle).

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, June is the mother of two grown children and lives in Poulsbo, WA, with her husband. Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, and playing with her two grandchildren. For more information, please visit Junes Web site at junecotner.com.

Table of Contents

1. The Garden Mara Beamish 18

Garden Talk Zoraida Rivera 19

The Garden Is Rich with Diversity Chinook Psalter 20

The Kiss of the Sun for Pardon Dorothy Frances Gurney 21

Reflections on the Garden Alice Morse Earle 22

Barbara Damrosch 22

Lawrence Halprin 22 Wendy Johnson 22

Laura Martin 22

Henry Mitchell 23

Sadi 23

Barbara Damrosch 23

Walt Whitman 23

Impermanence The Dalai Lama 24

The Garden Hour Christine Swanberg 25

Eden Sherri Waas Shunfenthal 26

Garden Proverbs Author unknown 28

Rudyard Kipling 28

Spanish proverb 28

Author unknown 28

The New Garden Sharon Hudnell 29

Dawn Approaches Linda Lee Ruzicka 30

Oasis Irene Sedeora 31

Year-Round Blessing Joanne Keaton 32

Gardens Thelma J. Palmer 33

A Garden Prayer Barbara Nuzzo 35

Rhapsodies Within Jeani M. Picklesimer 36

Grandma and Grandpa's Backyard Sheryl L. Nelms 37

Affair in a Garden Arlene Gay Levine 39

2. The Gardener Proverb 40

Gardener's Prayer Karel Capek 41

Gardening Mother Paula E. Kirman 43

Reflections About Gardeners Marjorie Harris 44

Vita Sackville-West 44

H. G. Dwight 44

Love Poem for the Gardener Jean Tupper 45

Why? Sandra E. McBride 47

Natural Lois Greene Stone 48

Interlude Christina Keenan 49

The Gardener Reverend Edie Weinstein 51

The Old Gardener Nancy A. Lynch 52

Grandmother Katharyn Howard Machan 53

Into a Bountiful Season Carol L. MacKay 55

A Poet Returns to the Garden B.G. Thurston 56

Glory to the Gardener Heather Berry 57

A Gardener Knows Another Gardener Pamela Burke 58

Bless the Gardener Who Mary Kolada Scott 59

A Gardener's Prayer Arlene Gay Levine 60

3. Gardening Tina James 61

Reflections on Gardening Patricia R. Barrett 62

John Erskine 62

Jerry Baker 62

Edgar Allen Poe 62

Ruth Stout 62

Mirabel Osler 63

Elizabeth Murray 63

Lewis Gannett 63

Author unknown 63

C. Z. Guest 63

Our Personal Work of Art Julia Moir Messervy 64

Ground Maryanne Hannan 65

August Clearing Barbara Glynn 66

Gardening Credo Susan J. Erickson 68

What Remains Nancy Tupper Ling 69

Old Gardener's Confession Dianne M. Del Giorno 70

Gardener's Winter Lament Arlene L. Mandell 72

A Gardener's Springtime Prayer William Cleary 73

Spring Raking Lisa Timpf 74

Garden Gift DeMar Regier 76

Your Flowers Are Pretty Sheryl L. Nelms 77

Spiritual Gardening Norman Wirzba 79

Garden Confessional Jill Johnson 81

4. The Seasons Percy Bysshe Shelley 82

To Everything There Is a Season Ecclesiastes 83

Psalm of Praise Joan Stephen 84

Trees Marion Schoeberlein 85

Suddenly, Barbara Crooker 86

Spring Pledge Shirley S. Stevens 87

Snowflakes of Spring Bonnie Compton Hanson 88

And What Is So Rare As a Day in June? James Russell Lowell 89

This Summer Day Barbara Crooker 90

Diminuendo Barbara Crooker 92

Summer Passing Thomas L. Reid 93

Leaves Falling Mike Blottenberger 95

To Marigolds in Autumn Thomas L. Reid 96

All Because Autumn Came Denise A. Dewald 97

Lady Autumn Emily King 99

Contractions Hazel Smith Hutchinson 100

It's Early Winter Gary Young 101

Winter Blessing Paula E. Kirman 102

January Thaw Barbara Crooker 103

Late February, Barbara Crooker 105

5. Planting and Harvesting Douglas Jerrold 106

The Promise Joan No�ldechen 107

Liturgy Mary Ellen Hansburg 108

Turning the Garden Under, Barbara Crooker 109

The Gardener Mary Lenore Quigley 110

Harmony Marcus Aurelius 111

Child's Garden Blessing Jill Johnson 112

Four O'Clocks Brenda Knight 113

Discovery Barb Mayer 114

Your Gift of Tomatoes Elisavietta Ritchie 116

Making Soup for Selah Michael S. Glaser 118

Harvest Time Susan Landon 120

Fall Bounty Mary Maude Daniels 121

6. Flowers Ralph Waldo Emerson 122

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud William Wordsworth 123

Early Daffodils Steven Ratiner 124

Flowering Trees Barbara Crooker 125

Never Lose an Opportunity Ralph Waldo Emerson 126

An Island Garden Celia Thaxter 127

Flowers Rochelle L. Holt 128

The Wilding C. David Hay 129

Morning Glories Stephanie Palladino 130

Morning Glories Norbert Krapf 131

A Poet's Prayer Sandra E. McBride 133

Lilies Meg Campbell 134

I Know a Bank Whereon the Wild

Thyme Grows William Shakespeare 135

These Roses Under My Window Ralph Waldo Emerson 136

The Rose Fanny Levin 137

My Neighbor's Roses A.L. Gruber 138

My Neighbor's Reply Author unknown 139

Joint Garden Maureen Tolman Flannery 140

And They Say There Are No More Nita Penfold 141

Lovely Camellia Janine Canan 142

7. Fruits and Vegetables Frances Moore Lapp� 144

Squash Blossom Cassie Premo Steele 145

Garden Laurence Snydal 146

Kindness Sally Clark 147

Choking Gayle Brandeis 148

Holy Tomatoes Ginny Lowe Connors 150

Tomato William Orem 151

Shelling Peas Penny Harter 153

Avocado Gayle Brandeis 155

Raspberries Barbara Crooker 157

Orchard Blessing Marjorie Rommel 159

Pear Tree at Sunset Lisa Zimmerman 161

8. All Creatures Anne Raver 162

Leap Frog Sheryl L. Nelms 163

Warts Helen Ruggieri 165

Bumble Bees in Bloom Jill Morgan Hawkins 166

Cycle: for the Deer Sharon Hudnell 167

Blessings Barbara Van Noord 168

The Butterfly Ballet Marion Schoeberlein 169

In the Garden with My Grandson Donna Wahlert 170

A Hummingbird Moment Gwyneth M. Bledsoe 171

The Visit Ann Reisford Boutt� 172

My Garden's Protected Robin Svedi 174

Katydid Maureen Tolman Flannery 175

Cricket's Coda Rebecca K. Wyss 177

Buried Treasure Nancy A. Lynch 178

The Garden Warbler Ramnath Subramanian 179

A Gardener's Lament Susanne Wiggins Bunch 181

Making the Rounds Gary E. McCormick 183

Birds at the Feeder Donna Wahlert 185

Honored Bees Janine Canan 186

9. Reflections Author unknown 187

Reflections Willa Cather 188

Hal Borland 188

Frances Moore Lapp� 188

Thomas Jefferson 188

Author unknown 189

Emma Goldman 189

Author unknown 189

To Be of the Earth John Soos 190

The Garden Tereasa Bellew 191

Curator Reverend Jack Skiles 192

My Beloved Janine Canan 193

Weed Wrestling Susan R. Norton 194

Watching from the Window Martha K. Baker 196

Sweet Banquets Hilda Sanderson 197

The Shady Corner Norbert Krapf 198

In the Garden Peter Markus 200

Why Do Plants Have Such a Positive

Impact on Us? Author unknown 201

Working in the Garden Ellen Bass 202

Do Tell Martha K. Baker 204

At the End of a Season Marilyn Johnston 205

10. Inspiration Veronica Hunsucker 206

Short Inspirations John Jeavons 207

Jean-Jacques Rousseau 207

Russell Page 207

Joni Mitchell 207

Be a Gardener Julian of Norwich 208

Blessing for a Gardener Maryanne Hannan 209

Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun Walt Whitman 210

Pilgrim's Progress Ida Fasel 211

When I Dance, I Dance Michel de Montaigne 212

Garden Meditation Reverend Max Alden Coots 213

A Little Prayer Theresa Mary Grass 215

The Simplest Miracle Mary Maude Daniels 216

Garden Credo Thelma J. Palmer 218

Garden Blessing Shirley Vogler Meister 219

Illumination Sarah J. Diehl 220

A Gardener's Prayer Nancy Priff 221

Heirloom Seeds Cindy Chuksudoon 222

A Community Garden Blessing Carol L. MacKay 223

The Gardener's Toast Thelma J. Palmer 224

Plowing a New Furrow Margaret Anne Huffman 226

Keeper of the Gates Father John B. Giuliani 227

Beautitudes for the Gardener Gail Kavanagh 228

Miracle Theresa Mary Grass 230

A Garden Prayer Marian Olson 231

God's Evergreenness Martha K. Baker 232

Garden Prayer Sharon Hudnell 234

Bless the Gardener Kay Reall 235

Garden Light Michael S. Glaser 236

AUTHOR INDEX 237

PERMISSIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS <<4 pages still to come>> 240

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Product Details

ISBN:
9781936740819
Author:
Cotner, June
Publisher:
Viva Editions
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Gardening-Writing
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
6.5 x 5.75 in

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May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers

Our gardens grow us, and this moving collection of readings takes us through every season and down a path of pure pleasure. Garden Blessings is a one-of-a-kind treasury of uplifting prayers, prose and poems that share a common appreciation for the love of gardening and the many blessings that gardens bring to our lives. June Cotner, a bestselling inspirational author, has gathered a bounty of gifts from the garden here, offering gems of wisdom that remind the reader and gardener in all of us just how much we learn from nature.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.

—Dorothy Frances Gurney

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