Marygrove College is sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. One of the IHM Belief Statements is:
“We believe in an ecological consciousness that fosters an interdependence of all nature, nurturing relationships that will enhance the well-being of the earth and all persons.”
Our gardens are a reflection and commitment to that belief statement. We use no pesticides or artificial fertilizers in our gardens. Two of the three gardens produce healthy and healing foods and herbs from which we make relaxing teas and salves. The other four gardens are beautiful flower gardens. Marygrove College is committed to finding ways to live in greater communion with our earth and our brothers and sisters, both inside and outside our gates! The Gardens of Marygrove College are also places of beauty for spiritual reflection and inspiration and pure enjoyment.
The Shakespeare Garden was dedicated in September 2011. Like all Shakespeare gardens, ours contains plants and trees that are mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare, as well as a bust of the author.
In Memory of Therese McGee-Nefcy, class of 1947.
This garden was donated by our seventh president, Dr. Glenda Price, in 2006. This garden is a focal point for the college with beautiful annual and perennial plants. The garden is another jewel on a campus that is both architecturally and aesthetically stunning!
The most recent garden on campus [May 2013], The Hilde-Garden: Herbal Healing Garden, was the concept of Sr. Ann Nett, IHM, and Donie Owens, who wanted to invite the college community and the surrounding neighborhoods to look at ways we could both teach about and incorporate natural healing into our lives. This garden has been embraced by the staff, faculty and students of Marygrove. With the help of volunteers from the college, dried herbs, teas and salves are prepared for sale.
The garden is named for St. Hildegard of Bingen, abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher and theologian. The garden is composed of lavender, thyme, marjoram, fennel, bee balm, lemon grass, lemon balm, yarrow, echinacea, butterfly bush, borage, calendula and chamomile.
The Color Purple Garden began around 2006 as a way to remember, celebrate and honor faculty, staff and students, as well as their parents and family members who have died in the present academic year.
Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Begun in 2005 as an initiative of the Marygrove College Campus Ministry Office, the garden has been spotlighted on the Montel Williams show and worked in partnership with Forgotten Harvest, Urban Farming, Keep Growing Detroit and the senior citizens in the Theresa Maxis and McGivney-Bethune apartments.
Presently, Sr. Ann Nett, IHM, and Doni Owens, the seniors and community members maintain the garden and have access to the produce growing there. The garden grows tomatoes, greens, onions, kale, beans, cucumbers, garlic, strawberries, lettuce, radishes, broccoli, peppers, beets, celery, squash and zucchini.