Guest Interview with Barb Bailey

On Wednesdays in my Meeting God in the Garden series, I will feature guest interviews with other Christian gardeners.  Today I want to introduce you to my friend and fellow gardener Barb Bailey.

Barb and I first met when I was an event coordinator for a local home and garden show, and she brought her wonderful goat milk soaps to the farmer’s market table. I am hooked on her soaps, especially the Kudzu Vine scented one! It lasts so long and is so good for my sensitive skin.

Barb has the sweetest spirit. She is just as creative as she is kind. Her photos on Facebook are simple and gorgeous. She collaborates with another local artist to make unique creations like children’s books under the name BarbAron.  I encourage you to check out her links below, but first, let’s get to the interview.

Q: Tell us about your own garden. What is your favorite kind of gardening (flower, vegetable, container, etc.) and why?

My favorite garden is vegetables, herbs, and flowers. I didn’t have time for my vegetable garden last year. Looks like I won’t this year again. I’ve been putting most of my time into my art and writing and making goat milk soaps. I may plant some herbs in my flower beds.

I liked my vegetable garden for the fresh produce and to can, freeze, or dehydrate food for me and my family during the winter months. Flowers are beautiful to look at and photograph and some smell nice. It’s fun to plant seeds and little plants, weed and water as necessary, and watch them grow and produce.

I did a lot of thinking when I worked in my garden. I enjoyed the peace in my garden.

Photos of Barb’s garden 

Q: What spiritual lessons has God taught you through gardening?

Patience and perseverance. Plants don’t grow and produce overnight. Don’t give up and try again if something in your garden doesn’t work.

You have to be on guard when caring for a garden. Certain bugs can ruin your vegetables in a short time if you don’t pay attention.

It’s the same in life. Be patient with yourself and others. Be aware of negative influences. Don’t give up when things get tough. Find a way to work through whatever your situation.

Q: In this year’s gardening season, what challenges do you face? How do they correlate with your faith?

Doesn’t look like I’ll be putting out a garden this year. So maybe “not enough time in the day” is my challenge. Too much I want and need to do; therefore, some things don’t get done. But whatever is going on in my life, I know God is in charge.


Thank you Barb for this interview!  Readers, please check out Barb’s links for her wonderful soaps and her artist collaboration page.  You can take a virtual tour of my garden in this post.

Questions for reflection:

Barb says she finds peace by being in a garden.  How do you find peace by being in nature?

How can you gain the fruit of patience by spending more time in a garden?

Join me tomorrow for a new post on seeking God’s beauty in a garden.

My book The Fruitful Life is a study on the fruits of the spirit, and my book Newness of Life is about trusting in God’s perfect timing.  Both books are available now on Amazon.

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  • Kudzo soap! Now that is a creative way to use the vine. I have heard people complain about this vine; now I know it has uses. I enjoyed the interview with Barb. She sounds like me. If I have to choose between vegetable garden and flowers, flowers always win hands down. The peace of working outside in the garden has also given me much time for reflection and a way to de-stress.

    • Sarah Geringer

      I agree, this is a great way to use up kudzu, of which I’m not a fan. Barb is a very down-to-earth, wise woman. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Yes, I choose flowers as my favorite too!

  • Not a gardener here, but I do find peace in nature by walking in the park! I love the spiritual insights we can gain through observing nature.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Betsy, I’m glad you shared. I’m writing this series for both gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Yes, we can gain much from observing nature, and I think that’s why Jesus wove nature into so many of His parables.

  • Lois Flowers

    I’m a flower gardener too, Sarah, so I loved this post! I find peace just walking around in my yard, spotting new shoots and thinking about what needs to be done in the beds next. I recently joined Instagram, so this year I’ve also been tracking new blooms and posting pictures of them. That’s been a lot of fun too! I clicked on the link for your virtual garden tour and enjoyed looking at all the photos (the rock garden was my favorite). 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Lois! Thanks for checking both posts out. The rock garden is currently starting to show off those lovely columbine blooms, and I’m glad to see them again! I have only dipped my toe into Instagram, and since you suggested it for viewing gardens, I’ll dip further into it now. Blessings to you!

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  • I LOVE the idea of gardens… but not being a big outdoors type person the actual taking care of a garden makes me wrinkle my nose! LOL Visiting from Women with Intention linkup. <3

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Erika! I’m so glad you visited today. I appreciate your comment even though you’re not a gardener. I hope you find peace and joy from being in a garden rather than taking care of one! Blessings to you!

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  • Barb! So nice to meet you, and thanks, Sarah, for this wonderful series. It gives my heart hope that spring will come and the time of planting seeds will soon be here!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Michele! Glad to feature YOU here this week! 🙂

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