Today hardly anyone knows about serviceberry bushes, but during Colonial and Federal times, they were the rage. That's because they were discovered during the Lewis and Clark Expedition that concluded in 1806.
Our fictional Sarah Vaux (the protagonist in SARAH'S SECRET) officially volunteered to grow the plant after reading countless newspaper accounts about the cuttings that were brought back from the expedition. Sarah was born with a green thumb, and before True Blue Plantation was covered with serviceberry bushes. In the book, they unexpectedly pop up here and there. I did that just for fun.