Czech American Radim Zenkl, a Slavic tree enthusiast, gave a lecture about Central and Eastern European trees to an intimate gathering at the U.S. Botanic Garden on September 29. He specifically spoke about the Slavic trees: oak, linden, and birch. Over the years, he mentioned that trees have impacted our lives. For example, leaves have a long tradition of being used for medicinal purposes. Hollowed out trees have provided secret storage or hiding spaces. Zenkl mentioned how trees were a refuge for those trying to dodge the military draft. He further continued speaking about how trees are entwined in our folklore and the cycle of life. "The linden tree (tilia cordata, small-leaved linden/lime tree) is the national tree of the Czech Republic. The tree itself lives for many years and has heart-shaped leaves," he noted. Zenkl passed around to the audience a variety of leaves from the different types of trees. He finished the lecture performing on instruments made from a selection of wood from the trees. The roots of our past and present are connected to these trees, keeping and sharing secrets for generations to come.