December 15th is the Feast Day of Saint Octavian the Gardener, who traveled to remote locations to bring rare seeds back to his home garden. The Monastery of Saint Octavian preserves over 500 varieties of unusual vegetables, many of which would be lost to cultivation today if not for their careful husbandry. Their seed catalogs are weighty tomes considered sacred by many gardeners, and a pilgrimage there is almost considered mandatory for those who till the earth. The trowel of the saint himself is on display, alongside other holy relics.
His icons show a pair of hands, cupping a handful of earth with a tiny haloed seedling.