John is a local celebrity for his green thumb and ability to coax numerous native plants to life. His green thumb is perhaps most evident when walking through his ample, well-situated garden on a half-acre lot in Guilford County, to the south of our farm.
He’s been a mentor of mine over the past 2.5 years, teaching me how to grow natives from seed, sharing tips and tools of the trade. One thing I’ve garnered from my time working with him is a lifelong passion for plants native to North Carolina (he leans more toward the smoky blue Appalachian Mountains, I’m more firmly rooted in our beautiful Piedmont and foothills. But both regions share a legion of trees and herbs.