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Christmas Greenery among Early Christians
The early Christian church authorities sought to suppress the use of Christmas greenery but later lifted the ban.
Wassailing the Apple Trees
At its very heart the custom of wassailing an apple tree is a fertility rite.
Mistletoe's Ties to Peace and Romance
Mistletoe has long been a symbol of peace and romance.
Christmas Greenery History and Use
Christmas greenery use in Europe pre-dates the arrival of Christianity.
Olive Uses in Ancient Greece
Both olive oil and olives played important roles in the lives of the ancient Greeks.
Recommended Persimmon Species
Persimmon trees are a great addition to the landscape. There are four species suitable for American gardens.
Olive History in the New World
Olive trees are comparatively new to the New World in sharp contrast to that in the Old World..
Growing and Harvesting Persimmons
Persimmons are easy to grow. Requiring little care, these plants can yield 30 pounds of fruit per year.
Growing Asian Pears
The long-lived Asian pears can live for three hundred years or so. Hot summers produce the best tasting Asian pears.
Role of the Ancient Groves
The ancient Greeks planted sacred groves, which included olive trees. The groves filled various roles.
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