|Large pecan tree, Willimansburg, VA|
While I was in Virginia, the wife and I traveled to Colonial Williamsburg to experience 18th century history. However, it seems we spent most of our time looking at fruit plantings in the gardens of the restored colonial town (see photos below). I was also glad to find several mature pecan trees planted around the village (photo above, right). When I asked the locals if they were able to harvest any nuts from these giant trees, they assured me that the trees do indeed produce nuts but an army of gray squirrels steals the crop long before the shucks open. (The historic Kings Arms Tavern needs to add squirrel stew to their menu of 18th century dishes).
|Fig trees trained as an espalier, Williamsburg, VA|
|Apple trees trained as a 4 arm espalier, Williamsburg, VA|