The Winter Solstice (occurring this year on Monday, December 21 at 8:30 a.m.) is more than just the “official start of the winter season. Since ancient times, it has been celebrated by cultures around the world as a sacred, festive time. Plants such as oak, holly, ivy, mistletoe, and evergreens have long been a central part of these celebrations. In this episode of Verdant Views, join host Kevin Moss and his guests Dr. Peter Davies, Cornell Emeritus Professor of Plant Science, and Emily Pratt, curator of the Mullestein Winter Garden, as we explore the natural and cultural history of these plants, and share some seasonal folklore. We’ll also share some information about the plants of the Winter Garden collection at Cornell Botanic Gardens.
Verdant Views is a monthly videocast series, hosted by Kevin Moss of Cornell Botanic Gardens. Each episode will focus on a different topic related to plants, gardens, conservation, and the vital connections between plants and peoples around the world.