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