May 2016 – Fr. Saffron’s Garden

Fr. Saffron’s City Garden


“Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.”

                                                                                                       Lou Erickson


For three years now it has been our pleasure to keep the parish updated about what goes on behind the brick walled space nestled along the side of the rectory and sacristy. Beginning in 2014 Fr. Saffron took a largely untended plot measuring approximately 40 feet by 40 feet and created (with a lot of hard work and loving care) a productive garden in which he has now for three years been planting herbs and vegetables (enjoyed by the priests in the rectory) and flowers. This year Fr. Saffron has also enjoyed the able assistance of St. Anselm’s seminarian Szymon Andrzej Galazyn in the gardening endeavor.

Along with the herbs – basil, rosemary, parsley, and mint (potted to keep it from taking over), vegetables that are reliable (for the most part) – tomatoes, leeks, eggplant, peppers, string beans, cucumbers, butternut squash, varieties of lettuce and zucchini have been planted again from previous growing seasons. This year – strawberries and watermelon, dill, radishes, potato, Swiss chard, arugula, cabbage and stevia, a non-sugar sweetener, are making their first appearance. 

In addition to the pest repellant marigolds, there are new rosebushes, and dahlias, zinnias, and dianthus being grown for their beauty. Also, Father’s lavender plant (already bearing flowers) made it through the winter.

We imagine the joy and satisfaction during the upcoming months as crops ripen, are harvested and enjoyed. We wish Fr. Saffron and Seminarian Szymon every success in their efforts and look forward to receiving regular updates during the growing season.


All the Best,

The St. Anselm Publicity Committee

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