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The Angel Tree: The Enchanting Quest for the World's Oldest Olive Tree

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A serendipitous, fender-bending encounter between the author, a distinguished landscape architect, and a wealthy Frenchman in Provence leads to the strangest, funniest horticultural odyssey in recent memory. The rich, eccentric Frenchman has just finished renovating, with great care and attention, a beautiful house in Provence. But the elegant courtyard looks very empty. “Find me the oldest olive tree in existence,” he challenges the author, “and bring it back to take pride of place in my garden.”

The authors travels take him to the olive groves of France, the farms of Greece and Spain, and many backyards of Italy. Along the way, he encounters a 3,000-year-old tree, a farmer who wont sell his tree unless he can sell the farm that surrounds it, mafiosi skullduggery in the plant world, unscrupulous dealers, divided families, local weddings, farcical disasters, and a village that believes a drop of rain that has touched the leaves of the Angel Tree will cure any illness or sadness.

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A vastly entertaining, utterly charming adventure in search of the oldest olive tree in the world, told by the talented landscape artist assigned to find it no matter the cost.

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Alex Dingwall-Main was born in Scotland. He has run a garden design practice for over twenty-five years, and is a broadcaster and writer for the BBC, the Sunday Times, and magazines such as House and Garden. He lives in Provence.

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Gold Gato, December 9, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
I gave the Olive Oil Test to the local raccoons. The little family keeps my large garden free of snails and slugs, but they must occasionally get a treat or they will migrate their labor contract to the next house. Using the same bread, I soaked the pieces using Italian, Spanish, Greek, Tunisian, and California oils. The raccoons have proven to be gourmands previously (they refused some kettlecorn which didn't smell right), so their opinion was going to be worthy. Each dripping slice was laid out in neat rows but in different spots for each row. The kits followed their mother's lead and only touched the slices she touched. The hands-down winner was the fresh cold-pressed olive oil from the California grower.

To understand that result, I turned to this book, hoping to gain a better understanding of the olive tree and its amazing produce. The author is a professional landscape architect, known for his broadcasts and articles for the BBC and The Times. His search for the oldest olive tree, in order to complete a garden design for a French client, allows the reader to learn the history of Olea Europaea and its link to the ancient gods. Dingwall-Main's snarky remarks throughout the book are a bit of a turnoff, but when he lets nature speak for itself (the middle of the book), the gods are happy.

In California, the olive tree is an immigrant like the rest of us. In our drought-ridden hills of gold, the nearest equivalent we have to The Shire are the groves of olive trees whispering among themselves in the sun like the true Carthaginians they really are.

Book Season = Spring (best time to plant the treasures)
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ISBN:
9781611457568
Author:
Dingwall-main, Alex
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Author:
Dingwall-Main, Alex
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
Science and Mathematics » Botany » Trees and Shrubs
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Trees
Travel » General
Travel » Travel Writing » Europe
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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