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Olive in European Life and Culture
Olive trees as well as olive groves and olives played a role in European life and culture after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Tree of Heaven
Tree of heaven is a short lived, weak wooded, invasive tree that adapts well to urban areas.
Earliest History of Olive Tree
The earliest known history of the olive tree dates to about 100 B.C. Early on, this was spread by Middle Eastern caravans to other parts of the world.
Reverence for Trees
Reverence for trees has long been a part of human history. The ancients revered trees and planted sacred groves.
Drying, Storing, and Using Persimmons
Persimmons are very versatile fruits. They can be preserved and used in so many dishes.
Joe-Pye-Weed as Landscape Plants
The native joe-pye-weeds are excellent choices for wildflower gardens.
Rosemary History and Use
Rosemary has been grown since ancient times.
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.
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