Gardening Tips and Highlights

The Cornucopia

The growing season has ended for most gardeners unless we have some form of season extension so now our focus turns to the holiday season and lots of food.

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, which should be every gardener’s favorite holiday. What better way to celebrate the end of the growing season than to give thanks for all we have grown and now to eat.

One of the most recognized symbols of Thanksgiving is the “Cornucopia”. Spilling over with an abundance of food, the cornucopia represents the hard work and dedication it takes to pull in the harvest.

Similar to the cornucopia, Master Gardener Volunteers represent the hard work and dedication it takes to make a difference in the communities. The word cornucopia means “horn of plenty”, and dates back to Greek mythology.

The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat’s horn filled to the brim with fruits and grains, and according to Greek legend, Amalthea (a goat) broke one of her horns and offered it to Greek God Zeus as a sign of reverence. As a sign of ‘thanks’, Zeus later set the goat’s image in the sky also known as constellation Capricon.

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