Thomas Jefferson’s efforts to promote the cultivation of olives in the southern states spanned more than three decades, more often than not, these quests met with little or partial success. In 1789 he wrote from Paris to William Drayton of Charleston, "I have exceedingly at heart the introduction of [the olive] into Carolina & Georgia being convinced it is one of the most precious productions of nature and contributes the most to the happiness of mankind . . .." This topiary, with aged terracotta pot, looks great on an entry-way console or kitchen counter. 25”h; 4” pot.