Garden Ornaments With A Spiritual Or Religious Connection
There are many ways to decorate your garden. One of the most popular ways is to get a statue or ornament that has a spiritual connection. Some of these items have a specific religious connection, while others fall more into the category of general spirituality. Below is a list of a few ornaments that you might want to decorate your garden with. The list will include those with a specific religious connection, as well as those that are more spiritual in nature.
St. Francis of Assisi Statues
If you are a Christian, and love animals, then a statue of St. Francis of Assisi is a perfect garden ornament. St. Francis was renowned for his love of animals. He is the patron saint of animals and nature. Because of this connection, many people love to have a statue of him in their garden.
Some St. Francis of Assisi statues come with bird feeders or water bowls. The statue is poised in a way that reflects the Saint providing water or food to the animals he was known to love so much.
A Garden Gnome
Garden gnomes are found in gardens all over the world. They have become so ubiquitous that many people are not aware of their original purpose. Gnomes were originally made in Germany to protect the garden. Gnomes were described in folklore as being guardians of treasure. Sometimes people buried family heirlooms or money in the ground and wanted something to stand guard. Other times the Gnomes were just meant to watch over the property at night.
Wind chimes have been used for thousands of years, in many different cultures, to ward off evil spirits. Today many people use them because they like the gentle sound they produce when the wind passes through them. You can get mirrored wind chimes, which are popular in feng shui because the mirrors are also thought to reflect bad spirits away from the home. You can also get decorative wind chimes that feature a religious symbol such as crosses, the Star of David, or even crescent moons, if you want one with a specific religious connection.
The Virgin Mary
A popular way of displaying a statue of the Virgin Mary in a garden setting is to create a "bathtub Madonna." The idea is that a cast iron bathtub issued to create a small grotto in which the statue of the Virgin is placed. The bathtub is inverted so that it stands up straight and the statue is placed inside. Sometimes a bed of gravel is used as the base, other times the bathtub is partially sunk into the soil and flowers are planted at the feet of the Virgin in unique flower pots.