Bonfils 2013: Tony Avent
Tony Avent is an American horticulturist and plantsman. He is the owner of Plant Delights Nursery and the founder of the Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tony grew up with a passion for plants; instead of playing games, he wandered the woods and fields near his home studying wildflowers. At eight-years old, Tony’s parents built a greenhouse for him, where he grew and propagated plants and sold them as a hobby. Tony now travels the world on plant hunting expeditions to search for new, rare and unusual plants. He wrote “So You Want to Start a Nursery” (2003, Timber Press) and dozens of newspaper, magazine and Web articles. He is currently a contributing editor to Horticulture Magazine. Find out more about Plant Delights at www.plantdelights.com.