Augustus Jenks Farmer's vision for reflective, soulful gardening guided gardeners, craftsmen, volunteers, and scientists to create two lauded public botanical gardens as well as art museums, city parks, and private enclaves. His connoisseurs' nursery promoted the renaissance of the crinum lily, a forgotten, beloved plant of early American gardens. Today, he ships organically grown crinum lilies all over the country.
L. Clarence Towe is eminently qualified to introduce American azaleas into gardens, and sets out each year with renewed anticipation of spotting new and uncultivated varieties. He meets remarkable plant enthusiasts and tells great stories about plant hunting.