“…you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose
never fails.” Isaiah 58:11
The Dominican Sisters’ Ecology Committee had a dream in
the fall of
1994 – the dream of using a small plot of the motherhouse
grounds for a
This was to be a very special garden, one that would
give witness to our commitment to live and act in an
With study and labor, the dream came alive! Our
garden goals are two-fold: donation of organic garden produce to help
those in need, and education to assist others with the
practice of organic
gardening in their local areas.
The garden has five beds, each 5 feet wide and 40 feet
for adequate sunlight.
A smaller sixth bed is reserved for herbs and
flowers, and a beautiful bird bath crafted by
the first ten years, garden volunteers, student
visitors and service groups were instructed – and
inspired – by Sr.
Clement Johnson, botanist and resident expert.
Since Sr. Clement’s death in 2004, volunteers have
and garden leadership excellent, first with Debbie
Leflar, and currently
with Pilar Hernandez.
Service groups continue to visit and help. Each
Tuesday morning, the gardeners are nourished by
sharing, by garden tending and planting. We have garden “regulars”
who have been with us for many years, forming a garden
whose members support one another in moments of crisis
celebrate special times.
Addition of tree mulch to the garden surfaces further
beauty of our garden space and makes it a pleasant work
area rain or
shine. We are annually
assisted with the fall mulching by a service
group from Cristo Rey Jesuit Prep. The seasonal beauty of
with its seating area is always restful and refreshing. It really never
is all work and no play!
From the outset, the Dominican Sisters’ garden has been
with Urban Harvest.
Many hear about the garden through Urban
Harvest, and of course, we have friends! Our annual produce now
reaches over 1,300 pounds.
The garden offers support for neighbors in need. Produce is taken
to Manna House, a cooperative Third Ward ministry of
congregations, also to Star of Hope at its location on
As of April 2020, we proudly present a Silver Anniversary
It is a place of tranquil beauty, with monarch
butterflies and seasonal
flowers in addition to four successful seasons of
From the Garden
52 butternut squash
# 45 eggplant
# 20.5 satsumas
# 18.5 sweet
11 green beans
7.5 bok choy
.5 long beans
.5 Swiss chard
to Star of Hope,
St. James Episcopal, Villa