For the first time in recent memory, the public is invited to enjoy a self-guided tour of the private gardens and green space of St. John’s Abbey July 30 and 31.
The backyard of the monastery facing Lake Sagatagan contains several gardens maintained by various monks which include a variety of flora selected by each gardener. Notably, several mature pines still stand, the seeds of which were transported from Metten Abbey in Bavaria and planted shortly after the founding of the Abbey nearly 165 years ago.
A suggested donation of $5 per person is payable upon arrival. All tours begin at the Great Hall on the campus of St. John’s University. Tours are handicapped accessible and last from 45 to 90 minutes. Visitors must register at www.saintjohnsabbey.org.
Top photo: The private gardens and trees space of St. John’s Abbey include pine trees from seeds planted 165 years ago. (photo submitted)