For Hildegard of Bingen, the Hildegarden represented more than a place for cultivating nutritious food, or growing healing spices and herbs.  Hildegard thought of the Hildegarden as a place to nurture her creative power, a place for dynamic prayer and meditation in nature, a place to become closer to God and our spirit.  Gardening captures the healing force within all of Hildegard’s beliefs, including her treatment of the human condition.  From gardening we learn the power of Viriditas.