How Does Your Bible Garden Grow…..{Part 1}

When we moved into Oak Cottage one of the first things we did was to begin work on the yard…..and to start our garden.  Even after 16 years it is still not complete and is in process…but it has come a long way.

When our little ones were toddlers and preschoolers we liked to come up with neat ways to teach them God’s Word, about their world, and create fun ways to remember scriptures and Bible truths and stories.  We wanted to paint pictures for them….

We did this in many ways….but our favorite has been our Bible Garden.

All throughout our English cottage garden we have peppered plants, herbs, flowers, trees, etc. that are referenced in scripture, and that grow in the Holy Land.

I thought I would share them with you in two posts.

We have several Scotch Broom in our garden.  We have the yellow variety, pink, and orange. These bushes are referenced in 1 Kings 19:4, Job 30:4, and Psalm 120:4.

Some translations have mistakenly translated the Hebrew word ‘rothem’ into ‘juniper’. But upon further study this is incorrect. ‘Rothem’ was actually the Arab’s translation of ‘rotem’…closer to ‘broom’. When visiting the Holy Land you find that the true translation is ‘broomtree’ and that Scotch Broom grows abundantly in many places. It casts little shadow and would only be used for shade in dire circumstances, but it is used for making charcoal, brooms, and for burning. {It also smells heavenly!}

The Flowering Almond {sorry, it had already finished blooming when I took the pic!} is reference in Ecclesiastes 121:5:

“…the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails; because all must go to their eternal home…..”

Bay Laurel is the Bible’s ‘oil tree’

Cedar is referenced MANY times in the Bible…here is just a few places: Amos 2:9, 2 Kings 19:23, 2 Kings 14:9, Song of Solomon 5:15, Ezekiel 31:3-5, Psalm 104:16, Psalms 92:12…..

Fig…well, we all know that these great big leaves were used by Adam and Eve..but the Fig Tree is mentioned many times in the Bible….Genesis 3:7, Deuteronomy 8:8, Numbers 13:23, Numbers 20:5, Psalms 105:33……

It only takes a quick ride among the mountain villages of Palestine to see the extensive fig gardens….and realize how devastating it would be for these slow growing trees to be destroyed. It takes several years of nurturing before they bear fruit.

Garlic was known to the ancient Egyptians…and was probably one of the delights in which the Israelites longed for in Numbers 11:5. It was/is used for stews.

Grape Hyacinths are small bulb flowers that are referred to as ‘lilies’ in the Holy Land. Song 6:2-3

Purple Iris is also referred to as a ‘lily’ in the Holy Land….Hosea 14:5

Roman Chamomile…one of the Holy Lands ‘flowers of the field’…..Isaiah 40:6 “All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.”

Dill grows in lands bordering the Mediterranean…it is mentioned that this plant {Hebrew ‘shabhath’} is subject to tithe…it’s stems, leaves, and seed.

I’ll share the others in another post…don’t want to bog you down with a super long post.

This has been such a neat way to teach our children so many truths over the years. They’ve SEEN how the lily fades….here today, gone tomorrow. They’ve SEEN how strong the cedar is…when the other trees bend and break in the hurricanes. They’ve TASTED the strong dill and other herbs…and realized how important they are to our dinners; and we’ve cut 10% of them away to see what a tithe looks like; they’ve helped NURTURE a fig tree for years before seeing any fruit for their labor….and then cherished it and reaped the benefits. It’s been a neat journey that we are still on…..

{You can read Part 2 here}

Do you or someone you know have a Bible Garden?


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27 thoughts on “How Does Your Bible Garden Grow…..{Part 1}

  1. You know, garlic is one of those things I never think grows, it just appears in it’s little funny shape and I press it. I love garlic in anything, but have you found a garlic-fig recipe?


  2. Thanks for the interesting information. I wish I would have thought of a Bible garden when my children were little. What a wonderful thing to do. When I’m reading the Bible I’m going to pay more attention to the names of plants. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is a wonderfully romantic idea. Like something I would read in a novel! Very tempted to start one myself… but my garden space is occupied. 🙂

  4. I don’t have a Bible Garden but have thought about it for years after going to Israel in l999. I will ad your blog print out to my folder of ideas. When I was in California, I noticed the Pepperberry trees like I had seen in at the Garden tomb..of course the Mediterranean climate would be needed to grow them! After I came back from Israel I made dried “flowers of the Holy Land” wreaths for my store and sold them.

  5. Thank you for sharing your Bible Garden. This is such a neat idea. How did you ever think of this? I would really like to try to find the trees, plants, shrubs and flowers and attempt to grow my own Bible Garden.

  6. What a beautiful Bible Garden. I have never seen this before. Thank you for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays! It’s gorgeous…


  7. this is the most creative idea! You’ve inspired me to look for some of these plants and to perhaps create my own Bible garden! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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