Suggest a Saint, Help Make a Calendar

What Gardener Saints and Feast Days should be added to the Gardener list?

There are many Gardener Saints and Feast Days mentioned in The Year of the Flood, but many other persons and natural beings/subjects worthy of Sainthood and Feast Days are not there.

Already suggested by you:Suggest  Saint Jane Goodall of Chimpanzees, Saint Barry Lopez of Arctic Dreams.

Who else and what else should be there?

Suggest your candidates in a Comment on this blogpost. Say why they should be Sainted/Feasted.  If enough valid suggestions appear, we’ll try to make a downloadable illustrated Saints’ Days Calendar, in which every day of the year will have a Saint, or two or three, or a Feast. Candidates qualify through their greenery, their empathy for the natural world, or their environmental services. Organizations and groups also qualify. You can also send a drawing or picture of what you think your Saint should look like in a Gardener rendition.

For more private Saints you wish to acknowledge personally, see the Enroll a Saint button on the Website.


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26 responses to “Suggest a Saint, Help Make a Calendar

  1. Saint Helen Caldicott of the nuclear free future.

    The brilliant Dr. Helen Caldicott is the voice for all of us who wish for a brighter future of peace.

  2. Azure

    Saint David Suzuki of balanced Nature
    Saint Senator Gaylord Nelson of Earth Day
    Feasted Prevent Waste (Recycling)
    Saint Hayao Miyuzaki of Enviromental Crisis
    Feasted of Used Goods

    Not sure if these’ll help, but worth a try (Laugh).

  3. Azure

    Reasons why they should be put on:

    David Suzuki –
    A big speaker about global warming and the enviroment.

    Senator Gaylord Nelson –
    He is the creator of Earth Day; or at least he started it

    Prevent Waste –
    In honor of recycling. Therefore maybe it should be the Feast of Recycling.

    Hayao Miyuzuki –
    He is a asian movie director who deals with the concept in his movies that, ‘while the enviroment is mostly…fragile and waning, we see hope in that if we employ our technology in a way that does not harm nature, there can be coexistence and harmony’ (, page 11).

    Used Goods –
    Things such as garage sales and second hand stores.

  4. Incredible Edible Todmorden

    “St. Edible” engages in guerilla gardening, and encourages everyone to plant vegetables, fruit trees, and flowers in any bit of unused soil they come across.

    Every day is a feast day!

    For more details look at:

  5. Randy Paynter, Matt McGlynn, and Camilla Eriksson, founders of the website

    Their click-to-donate is one of many free features that makes living ethically and kindly on our planet accessible to anyone with access to a computer. Their story may be read here:

    Many organizations benefit–Jane Goodall’s, for example–but I’ve enclosed a link to their ocean site because I relate strongly to that crab. It’s:

  6. Laura Sorbara

    Saint Thomas Hardy of Antivivisection and Animal Cruelty

    Thomas Hardy grew up in a more rural lifestyle but recognized that the world around him was changing rapidly to adopt a more “fast-paced” lifestyle. Get things done, get things finished, get things completed. Hardy longed for people to take a break and smell the proverbial roses. He wrote about his oppositions to vivisection, vinkenzetting, etc. A poet and novelist of the late 19th- early 20th century caring about such things, oh my!

  7. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and promoter of the Slow Foods Movement comes to mind.

    Also Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution. More about him here: He died just a couple of months ago. Very deserving of sainthood.

  8. I’d like to suggest Julia Butterfly Hill – an activist who spent 738 days in the top of a Redwood to save an old growth forest from clearcutting.

  9. bowrbird

    Aldo Leopold, author of Sand County Almanac, which is one of the seminal books on ecological thinking. Leopold does a marvelous job of illustrating the interwovenness of the natural world.

    Here is a description of his work:

    “It is for his book, A Sand County Almanac, that Leopold is best known by millions of people around the globe. The Almanac, often acclaimed as the century’s literary landmark in conservation, melds exceptional poetic prose with keen observations of the natural world. The Almanac reflects an evolution of a lifetime of love, observation, and thought. It led to a philosophy that has guided many to discovering what it means to live in harmony with the land and with one another.”

    I was introduced to his work in 1968 when I met the Hammerstroms in Plainfield, Wisconsin. The husband worked for the Wisconsin State Wildlife Dept. They dedicated their lives to the study of birds, particularly the Prairie Chickens. Every years, people would come from all over the world to help them count the birds during mating season.

    They lived in an old rambling farmhouse heated by wood stove. They never had an indoor toilet. At one time, they saved up the money for an indoor toilet but at the last minute decided to use the funds to develop another pond for migrating birds.

    Mrs. Hammerstrom did quite a bit of work rehabilitating predator birds. When I visited they had several types of owls, a hawk and several eagles.

    They opened my eyes to the natural world in ways I never dreamed of previously. When they recommended I read Aldo Leopold, I immediately found a copy. Leopold’s ways of introducing the subtleties of the ecology of nature has influenced many subsequent thinkers and nature writers.

    I nominate Aldo Leopold for the Saints calendar.

  10. PaulaR

    St. Shelia Watt-Cloutier of the Arctic Chill

  11. I’d like to add Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement in Africa.

  12. Rashel

    Saint Raffi – who’s children’s music and organization Evergreen, Everblue have inspired many a child and parent to care for and protect the Earth. Also also for his work in Child Honouring. What a feast for the children! Also an outspoken critic of pesticide use.

    Saint Roger Peterson of Bird Identification.

    Saints Robert and Maria Rodale of Organic Farming, Gardening and Research.

  13. none

    wendell berry
    wes jackson
    gary snyder
    calvin dewitt

  14. Molli Amara

    The Saints Days remind me of a similar calendar, the Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints
    They have been publishing this calendar for 18 years now, I kept thinking about it as I read the book (just finished the book yesterday–loved it!). I’d love a Calendar of Saints’ Day from the Gardeners–curious to see how much overlap there might be between the calendars.

  15. Hmmm… Let’s see…

    David Orr: For coining the term “Environmental Literacy” (and therefore making such a thing something of particular interest in academia)

    Vandana Shiva: For being a great voice in the art of “stepping back and taking a closer look.” I’m talking specifically about her work on GMOs: not because she thinks the “science” is necessarily evil, but because this science casts a wide wake in societal, economic and cultural waters.

    Tara Cullus: I see David has been mentioned a few times, but let’s add his better half – DSF is her baby too.

    Wade Davis: Botanist extraordinaire – and well, also a great writer, anthropologist, NG explorer, and possibly someone who tells the best stories ever (seriously, if you can catch him for drinks, you won’t regret it).

    I’ve got more, but I should get back to work.

  16. I second the nomination for Aldo Leopold, though admittedly I’m biased since I work for the Aldo Leopold Foundation. That said, I’d like to extend a warm invite for you to come up and visit his shack along the Wisconsin River when you are in Wisconsin later this spring! I’m sure his daughter Nina would love to show you around.

  17. cecile

    all elderly ladies with a green thumb and a heap of compost (such as my own granny: Georgette Durou)

  18. Wendell Berry
    Thomas Berry
    Rachel Carson
    Joseph Sittler

    Love this idea; hope it comes to fruition!

  19. Julie

    Sometimes saintliness is expressed in music….
    St John Denver of the Rocky Mountains
    St John Mellencamp of the family farm
    St Judith Collins, the wandering gypsy

  20. Saint Sasha Rakoff, founder of Object who campaigns against ‘sex object culture’ – the ever increasing sexual objectification of women in the media and popular culture through lads’ mags, advertising or lap dancing clubs. Sex object culture is driven by the mainstreaming of the porn and sex industries and has been highlighted as a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women (UK End Violence Against Women Coalition, 2008). We raise awareness of the links between sex object culture and sexism because of the need to tackle the attitudes underpinning inequality and violence against women.

    All of us rightly contribute to make good the mess caused by the Oryx and Crake culture – stopping global warming, feeding the hungry, growing organic food, helping prostitutes out of the trade etc etc but Object works preventively to tackle at source the attitudes that underly many of the world’s evils – surely even more important than the vital task of continuing to clear up the mess.
    That’s why Sasha is a saint to me!

  21. St. Mike Holmes patron saint of home renovations. Feast Day should be April 30th day that income tax forms are due.

  22. How about Saint Pete Seeger? He has been using music to break down barriers between people for years and years and years.

    And a WOOFer Feast day for that amazing organization that gives volunteer farm labourers intimate travel experiences, while allowing organic farms around the world to increase production with some extra helping hands…

  23. Mel

    St. Linnaeus, patron saint of Taxonomy?

  24. Brooke

    Hi Margaret –

    Thanks to you for Oryx and Crake – I have been savoring it for the past week and just finished it tonight.

    Some nominations, if you’re still compiling a list –

    For sainthood:
    Terry Tempest Williams – author of Refuge and An Unspoken Hunger, speaking the truth of nuclear testing in the American West
    Michael Pollan – gardener, forager, cook, author… seemingly all around good guy
    Greg Mortenson – builder of schools for girls in Pakistan, transforming the region, one town at a time (education is a bit like gardening, no?)

    For feasting:
    The First Tomato of Summer
    Seed Saving
    Canned Apple Sauce (for December)

  25. Sarah Ng

    For sainthood, I nominate

    Ken Saro-Wiwa:

    Martyr saint of indigenous people living on poisoned land.

    Proposed feast day November 10th.

  26. Federal Farmer

    I nominate Norman Borlaug because of his efforts to rid the world of hunger by starting the Green Revolution.

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