A rosary garden is a decorative garden designed with the same structure as a bead rosary. It is a place for prayer and reflection. A statue of Mary is the centerpiece of the garden. Stepping stones make up the rosary bead section and are walked upon by visitors as they pray the rosary. The flower colors are representative of the Mysteries of Christ's life. It should be a quiet, meditative space.
Remove any existing plants or shrubs in the garden area. You can leave the turf grass.
Place a crucifix at the entrance of the garden. This can be a plaque on a wall, if the space is walled. You can also use a piece of crucifix statuary or a decorative garden stone shaped like a crucifix. You can also place statues of guardian angels on either side of the garden entrance.
Install a statue of the Virgin Mary in the center of the garden. The statue should be large enough to be seen from every part of the garden.
Place five large, square stepping stones in a circle around the Mary statue. Space them evenly. These represent the five decades of the rosary.
Lay five small, round stones between each of the larger stones to complete the circular walkway. Space them evenly between the larger stones. These represent the smaller beads of the rosary.
Select flowers to plant around the walkway that are color representations of the four Mysteries of the life of Christ. Purple flowers represent the Luminous mystery, yellow represent the Glorious mystery, red represent Sorrow and white flowers represent Joy. The flowers should be cold hardy for your zone and be rated for your soil composition.
Plant the flowers around the walkway, leaving a 4-foot space between the walkway and the flower garden. Place small seats or benches in the space for meditation.