Persimmons – Gifts of the Season & December in the North State Garden

as I eat a persimmon? the bell starts ringing? at Horyuji Temple Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) PHOTOS above: firm rounded persimmon ripening at the Genetic Resource and Conservation Center, also known as the Tree Farm, in Chico. Persimmon have long represented… Continue Reading

Celebrating Trees – Arbor Day at the Arboretum, TB Gardens

“Other holidays repose on the past. Arbor Day proposes the future.” – J. Sterling Morton – Founder of Arbor Day in 1872.

“Can I run out to the trees?” my 9-year old asks me on a regular if not daily basis. I almost always say yes. By “trees” my child is talking about a row of adolescent sycamores planted in a graceful curve as your enter our neighborhood. With their milky white … Continue Reading

Audience Gives Gardner’s Tree ‘Best of Show’

Attendees of the artists reception for Siskiyou Arts Council’s TREES show voted Jill Gardner’s mixed media sculpture with silk and sparkle, Transanimation II, pictured above, the “Best of Show” award. Jill says of her work, “I had so much fun… Continue Reading


The Tree Goddess: Valentine Mythology

February is the time to celebrate love and all its glory. Trees have played a prominent role in mythology when it comes to love, either heartwarming or morbid. In Greek mythology, the nymph Daphne turned into a laurel tree when… Continue Reading