Tropical Gardening: Many palms figure in human history for thousands of years

The Date Palms of Elche, Spain, are protected by UNESCO and are an example of Arab influence as they expanded their domain around the 10th century. However the earliest introduction of date palms was thought to be around the 5th century B.C. (Voltaire Moise/Courtesy photo)

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and is celebrated by Christians world wide. It is said to be the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey to celebrate Passover. He was greeted by a great crowd acclaiming him by waving date palm branches and shouting ”Hosanna,” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”