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Patron saint of gardening?
« on: April 19, 2010, 04:01:19 PM »
Does the Orthodox Church have any patron saints of gardening?  I've finally got around to making my dream garden a reality and have a space set aside for an outdoor icon shrine in between the two main beds and am now looking for one to put in there (once I make it, of course).  Any suggestions?
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Re: Patron saint of gardening?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2010, 04:09:37 PM »
St. Fiacre.  Seventh century, Irish.  The Irish Hermit will be able to supply a hagiography.

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Re: Patron saint of gardening?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010, 04:10:56 PM »
Does the Orthodox Church have any patron saints of gardening?  I've finally got around to making my dream garden a reality and have a space set aside for an outdoor icon shrine in between the two main beds and am now looking for one to put in there (once I make it, of course).  Any suggestions?

St. Ansovinus is listed as the patron saint of gardeners on Wikipedia. He is also listed as a Saint at Orthodox England, sans reference to gardening.

"Ansovinus March 13
+ 840. Born in Camerino in Italy, after living as a hermit at Castel Raimondo near Torcello, he became bishop of his native town. He accepted the office on condition that his see should be exempt from the service of recruiting soldiers, then imposed on most bishops."

http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/saintsa.htm

Good luck finding an ikon though.

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Re: Patron saint of gardening?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010, 01:25:03 PM »
Wikipedia (I know, I know) also states that St. Christopher is a patron of gardeners. 
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Re: Patron saint of gardening?
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2010, 01:56:47 PM »
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Re: Patron saint of gardening?
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2010, 02:36:06 PM »
I've always thought the Creation of Plants/Flora would also be nice to include in a garden setting:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_d3bAw4AEPys/Sb6B5-ZIqsI/AAAAAAAAAiQ/Q1_H1FysohI/s320/CreationIconOW258-259web.jpg

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Re: Patron saint of gardening?
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 02:44:10 PM »
Thank you all for your input.  For some reason, St. Fiacre, who I knew about, totally slipped my mind.  Of course, procuring a non-commissioned icon of him is proving difficult.

I really like the idea of the Creation icon, though.  Thanks, android, for the suggestion!
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Re: Patron saint of gardening?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010, 10:06:53 PM »
Definitely Saint Fiacre. :laugh:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints/message/3534

Garden shops sell some very nice St Fiacre plaques and statues for the garden.

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Re: Patron saint of gardening?
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2010, 10:13:30 PM »
And there is Saint Tryphon




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Re: Patron saint of gardening?
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2010, 11:35:40 PM »
Off the top of my head, there's also St Phocas the Gardener. Give me a little time, and I might be able to come up with more.
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