The one-and-a-half-acre Gossau Bible Garden is located in the center of the city of Gossau, in the Andreaspark, the former cemetery next to the St. Andrew's Church. 110 plants are mentioned by name in the Bible. Just as many grow in eight thematically grouped flower beds and in the park grounds: flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs, crops, crops such as vegetables and fruits, spices, medicinal herbs, aromatic plants, thistles, nettles and thorns, aquatic plants. Around 70 of these plants are mentioned by name in the Bible. For many species, however, the climate of Gossau is too harsh. Therefore, some Bible plants are replaced by species closely related to the biblical plants. Other species were selected because they occur in the land of the Bible.
All plants are labeled and relations to the Bible texts are explained on panels. Biblical texts corresponding to the plants are engraved in sandstone slabs and laid as floor slabs.
Visits and guided tours
The Bible Garden is always open and can be visited free of charge. If you would like to learn more about the plants of the Bible, medicinal plants or herbs, you can book a guided tour at the parish secretariat Gossau. Guided tours for groups and clubs are possible after prior registration. For children and school classes special tours are offered to explore the Bible Garden with all your senses.
• Alois Schaller, Ursula Tinner, Ursula Weber: Bible Garden Gossau, Gossau, 2006. Illustrated brochure, 62 pages (available free of charge from Kath. Kirchgemeinde, secretariat, Herisauerstrasse 5, 9200 Gossau, firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Alois Schaller, Gossau Bible Garden spiritually explored in meditation, worship, speeches and sermons, Gossau 2016 (available for loan from Gossau Municipal Library or the author), illustrated, 207 pages
Text by Alois Schaller, 11 June 2018
Webpages: www.kathgossau.ch/bibelgarten and www.bibelgarten.ch