Our Lady of the Garden

     The origin of the devotion to Our Lady of the Garden takes us back to the late 1400s.

     In the spring of 1493 the city of Genoa was suffering from a most serious epidemic, cholera. Chiavari, a coastal town nearby Genoa, also was effected by the cholera epidemic.

     In Chiavari, Maria dei Quercio, known as Turchina, promised to give a mark of public gratitude if her family was spared from the epidemic. She was not disappointed; her family did not contract the disease. In thanksgiving she commissioned a painter, Benedict Borzone, to paint a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary, flanked on either side by Saint Sebastian and Saint Rocco, patron saints of wounds, illnesses, and famine.