In a few years, the olive tree has become the star of our gardens and terraces. From an oil producer, it has been turned into an ornamental tree. Today, millions want this little piece of the Mediterranean. To meet demand, garden centres sell trees that are accessible to all budgets, but bear only a distant memory with the majestic olive groves of southern Europe.
The olive tree is a victim of its success: massive production, brutal uprooting in the fields, transplanting into regions with unfavourable climates, random labelling. This symbol of peace and wisdom has become an object of discord and excess.