Garden Ministry

We work to foster, develop, and preserve the beauty and vitality of the unique garden spaces at St. Gabriel’s as an inspiration for the congregation and a habitat for the creatures that make their home there. By virtue of the great window in the church, the garden becomes an extension of our worship space, reminding us of God’s gift of the natural world. St. Gabriel’s church architecture and the garden are symbols of our community’s care for the Earth and invite parishioners to live a relationship with other Earth communities in which we all can thrive.

Garden Revitalization Project

In 2017, a 3-year project was begun to renew the north garden and the garden immediately south of the great window in the church. In 2017 the south garden was planted with cover crops of rye, radish and clover to nourish and break up the soil. The cover crops continued replenishing the soil in 2018.

Also, in 2018, the north garden was installed as an interactive urban orchard. The three beds were prepared using a technique called Hugelkultur, which encourages moisture retention and the natural fertilization that comes from organic decomposition. The smallest bed, planted with lavender and, coming in 2019, currants, is a sensory garden. The mid-sized bed is a blueberry patch with six varieties of blueberries that fruit sequentially throughout the summer months. The largest bed contains a variety of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs with an understory of flowering plants. Log signs identify the plantings.

We have also begun a “donation garden” at the extreme south border of the church property, which is planted with perennials from the bounty of parishioners’ gardens. We will begin to see its seasonal blooming in 2019.

Planning is underway for the development of the south garden in 2019.


Robert Cordy, the Organic Horticulturalist who is leading the garden revitalization project, and his team provide workshops throughout the year, to prepare volunteers to take on garden maintenance tasks after the project ends and to provide all interested participants with knowledge to apply to their own gardens.

The schedule for workshops will be announced in this space, in the bulletin and on posters in the gathering Space as well as at the entrance to the underground parking lot.

Meetings, Events and Announcements

Watch this space for notice of planting bees, garden tours, planning meetings and other Garden Ministry Events.

Come and enjoy the garden! Bright sun or warm rain, cardinals singing, a bunny disappearing in the undergrowth, last year’s planting of black currants bursting into leaf! Join us!

Planting Bee

Youth Group Workshop

Workshop – Building a Worm Farm

Insect Hotel Workshop