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​Hildegard’s flower bed

A flower bed organized according to the concept of viriditas of the Doctor of the Church, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): this is the pride of a new botanical garden in the hills near Florence, in Pieve di Sant’Andrea at Doccia. “The flower bed is in the shape of a spiral”, explains Paolo Luzzi, keeper of the Botanical Garden of the Museo di Storia Naturale in Florence, “to suggest the idea of upward tension to heaven and towards God. The plants that have been put in are aromatic herbs, used as medicine or as seasoning in the kitchen but are also beneficial to the soul, plants for meditation and reflection. Access to the flower bed is between two symbolic trees: a fig tree, symbol of original sin forgiven by Christ through Mary, who with her “yes” redeemed humanity; and an olive tree, a symbol of Jesus, anointed by the Lord. After the two trees, Mary continues to accompany us with several white roses, a symbol of her purity, towards two pomegranate trees, symbols of the Church, and hence to Hildegard’s bed, surrounded by a crown of marguerites, a symbol of paradise on earth regained”. 

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