The root stock came from western Massachusetts. For the first three years, deer would wait until the bushes grew to about 36 inches tall, and then the animals would chomp them to the ground. Two years ago, the plants sent roots about 30 feet to the hen house where the soil is incredibly fertile, and the elderberry bushes thrived.
The local wine shop carries Thatcher’s organic elderflower liqueur which tastes just like the flowers smell. The company recommends mixing it with vodka, Champagne, or white wine. We like a bit of it with sparkling water over ice.