Monthly Spirit
May 2008
St. Fiacre

St. Fiacre © Aris Dervis 2008 Brooklyn Botanical Garden Tulips

© Aris Dervis 2008


St. Fiacre
Patron Saint of Gardeners
Feast day September 1


Born in Ireland, his unwanted fame as one skilled with herbs, healing and a holy man,
St. Fiacre fled to France in search of solitude, in which he might devote himself to God, unknown to the world.
He arrived at Meaux where St. Faro, Bishop of the city, gave him a solitary dwelling in a forest.  St. Faro offered Fiacre as much land as he could turn up in a day.  Instead of driving his furrough with a plow, Fiacre used the point of his staff to til the land.

Although you can’t see St. Fiacre in this image, I’m sure his spirit is there.

This spring I have been fortunate enough to be granted a 4x8 plot of land in a community garden.  I am currently growing parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, tarragon, chives, lavender, spearmint, pink mini-roses, marigolds, marjoram, oregano, dill, and possibly tuberoses if the bulbs come up.  Working in a garden is an amazingly peaceful and rewarding experience.  I dedicate this Monthly Spirit to my friend Sally Plass who gave me a membership in the garden as a gift.  Thank you, Sally.

St. Fiacre is available in a t-shirt, print, candle and greeting card.

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