December 10, 1999


Using mistletoe in Christmas decorations is a survival of the Druid and other pre-Christian traditions. Mistletoe, a parasitic plant with white berries, has been one of the most sacred plants of European folklore. It was once considered a bestower of life and fertility. A good mistletoe crop foretold Welsh farmers a good crop for the upcoming season. Mistletoe was also thought to help individuals who had problems bearing children.

Seed Catalogs

While it's not officially winter yet, seed catalogs have begun arriving in the mail and gardeners are already making plans for 2000. Gardeners can purchase seeds at local garden centers and mail-order companies. Most mail-order seed companies will automatically send catalogs to individuals who have purchased products from the business in recent years. New customers can obtain catalogs by mail or computer via the web. Most catalogs are free.

For your convenience, the mailing addresses and web sites of several mail-order seedcompanies are provided.

Early 2000 horticultural meetings

Upcoming state horticultural meetings of possible interest to HHPN readers are listed below. For additional information, contact the individual listed for each meeting.