Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.

Captivating Cardoons

By Brenda Lynn Kouyoumdjian

From its showy appearance in the garden to its delicate flavor in the kitchen, this bold and beautiful plant has plenty to offer.

All About the Populus Genus

By Dawn Combs

Pretty poplars, aspens, and cottonwoods are much more than decorative additions to the landscape, though their beauty is famous.

All About Cool-Climate Orchids

By Michael Tibbs

Use this practical guide to care for and cultivate the popular Disa orchids.

Manchineel Tree

By Christina Harrison and Tony Kirkham

Check out the world’s most dangerous tree, nicknamed the tree of death, which is native to the tropical parts of Florida.


Mulberry Tree

By Christina Harrison and Tony Kirkham

Discover how a mix-up between black and white mulberry trees destroyed the fledging seventeenth-century English silk industry.

Cacao Tree

By Christina Harrison and Tony Kirkham 

Love chocolate? Check out the fascinating history behind the cacao tree and its introduction to Europe in the sixteenth century.

Family Foraging: Sweet Chestnut

Story by David Hamilton; photo by Jason Ingram


Learn to harvest sweet chestnuts with this guide, and identify the difference between chestnuts and their poisonous lookalike, conkers (horse chestnuts).

Family Foraging: Beech Nut

Story by David Hamilton; photo by Jason Ingram

Discover how to forage for beech trees and edible nuts. Peeled beech nuts can be toasted in the oven for a tasty snack.

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