Flowers for the Lord

The Deity Picking Garden

By Kalindi dasi and Lilasuka dasi

Throughout NV’s history, Vidya has been the one who would head up planting the flower garden for RVC’s garlands and offerings.  However, some years back, she had to stop this service in order to take care of pressing health issues of some of her family members. Consequently, Vidya was very disappointed to learn that the picking gardens basically stopped.   However, this last spring, Vidya’s  family had the good fortune to receive some rebate money for natural gas on their property, so she was then able to pay off her big medical bills. Vidya recalls, “I felt that was the time to take up the much-needed flower picking garden again.”  And take it up she did, with great enthusiasm.

During a community meeting this spring, both Vidya and her husband, Madhava Ghosh, offered their services in this special field of expertise once again. They took on the project with determination and high hopes of getting the garden up and running by spring of 2012. They received a grant from ECOV to help get the garden started. With this grant Vidya was able to buy the supplies and the seeds for the garden. She later was able to start germinating 50 flats of those seeds along with the help of several other devotees, The Palace Of Gold was more than willing to allow them to use the green house to house the plants during and after the transplanting.

She had to literally start the garden from the ground up, beginning with laying the sod. This was quite difficult. Vidya tells the story, “Although Madhava Ghosh is not feeling very well these days, he hopped on the tractor to help establish the beds. There is also a shed there.  We just need to maintain what we’ve established, now that the hard part is done.”

With the help of Kalindi (and family, who you may know from the palace lodge) and Raphael as well as some volunteer guests, and some help from other community members the garden was established and fully planted by May 9th 2012.

The flowers in this garden are strictly grown and picked for the deities,

Vidya goes on to say, “In my opinion, growing flowers is as important as deity worship. It IS deity worship. Krsna says in Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9 text 26, “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.”

Some of the flowers you will see in the garden are a variety of marigolds, mums, dahlias, peonies, rudbeckia, echinacea and even sunflowers.  In the future we hope to grow roses as well.

Vidya has been doing this important flower growing service since about 1979. In her own words, “There is a need for the younger generation to develop purpose in their lives. They need to take up responsibility and not just work. This way, hopefully some of the young people can take over the cause of growing flowers for Krsna. Kalindi is doing a good job up there.”

Vidya appreciates the residents who agreed to start flats this year, and she will supply more flats to others who will do the same. Vidya also encourages the residents of NV to start their own flower gardens for the purpose of giving the flowers to the deities.

The garden has been successful thus far. There have been several pickings done and you may have seen some of the beautiful flowers draped around the deities during worship. The main idea is to simply please our lord, with offerings that are hand grown by the devotees here in this community.

The many hours and hard work that have gone into this project have been well worth it and we hope will pay off in the end.  Our goal for the future is to not have to buy any outside flowers  polluted with pesticides and other chemicals. Having FRESH cut flowers right here in New Vrindaban just makes more sense. It also creates a great opportunity for devotional service.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to see the garden and speak with the devotees helping to maintain it, while they are there.  Kalindi is currently in charge of maintaining and picking, however, since we wish that this garden be STRICTLY for the deities.  All maintenance and picking will only we done by those authorized to do so. (If you are going to pick these flowers we do ask that you please use scissors so as to ensure the health, life span and the production of the flowers.  Picking the flowers by hand is harmful to these plants. Thank you!!)

Kalindi gets down and dirty for Krsna

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I was very happy to hear of this valuable work Kalindi Prabhu is doing with the flowers. When I had a house I also grew flowers for my Deities like roses in different colors, etc. These special gardens should be spoken of often to get the word out to the public who may wish to support them & for devotees to assist financially or to offer their services to Kalindi Prabhu. I alas am no longer able to render physical service due to disability. However, I would love to join others in supporting such an endeavor for the pleasure of Their Lordships. Even small monthly contributions from people would help (with the costs of things today)! Perhaps it’s time for a “Flower Fund” to be started? This gives people the opportunity to serve the Lord in some small way.

Thank you, Kama Gayatri Prabhu, for your very positive comment and for your suggestion. We are, in fact, going to create a Flower Fund page on the New Vrindaban website. You’ve been inspiring! Hare Krsna.

This is a beautiful site to run across
in a time where people are looking for ways to help and encourageothers about the Holy Light, Our Lord Krsna, Himself.
A most prescious garden, grown with the sweet smells of love and exaltation for the Lords pleasure. Maybe , others could send some of their bet sees for this spcial garden… or gloves, spades shovels equipments,etc pus money( whichever seems easier) for the visitors who will give some time to help??
And still, others who need to pray near mother earth , but not quie in solitude