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Tony Avent

The Plant Hunter

“Maybe, if you keep its roots dry in winter,” said Tony Avent, who founded Plant Delights in 1988 with his wife, Michelle. “Last year, we had 8 degrees and this was just untouched.” Agave ovatifolia, the Whale’s Tongue hardy century plant, hails from the mountains of Nuevo León in ...

‘So Many Plants, So Little Time’

Plantsman Tony Avent was born with a compulsion to collect plants. He’s one of those guys who never forgets a plant’s name or its merits. The owner of Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, N.C., will be in Seattle Sept. 19 to deliver the Miller Lecture. ‘Chinese Butterfly’ is one of the ...

Politics and plants: the Plant Delights Nursery catalog

Plant Delights Nursery, located near Raleigh, N.C., is owned by Tony Avent, a bomb-throwing plant guy if ever there was one. And his catalog covers reflect that. No pretty pictures of flowers for Avent. His covers are sort of political cartoons, complete with caricatures of ...

Gardeners Help Trees, Flowers and Shrubs Recover from Winter

The windmill palm is somewhat cold-hardy, growing reliably as far north as coastal North Carolina, says Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery, in Raleigh, N.C. "In the mid-90s I couldn't keep them alive...

Garden Spot: Exploring delights of gardening

Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery extols the benefits of good soil. Others say choose plants that thrive in the conditions in your area. Last fall, I talked to Eugene Warren of Green Gene’s Horticulture about things I could do to get a head start on my spring garden. I specifically ...

Plant Delights Nursery Announces the Introduction of a New ...

Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery traveled to Taiwan in 2008 where he located the plant and took cuttings of outstanding forms. The plants were subsequently tested at Plant Delights and then propagated by seed for public release. Plant Delights Nursery ( http://www.plantdelights.com ...

Plant Delights Nursery Announces Its New Catalog and New Plants

Many of their plants were discovered by co-owner, Tony Avent, during his more than 66 plant hunting expeditions to exotic places such as Argentina, China, Crete, and South Africa, as well as over 40 botanizing trips in the US. Plant Delights Nursery and owner Tony Avent are ...

Golf tees mark the spot for your fall plantings

Plant guru Tony Avent from Plant Delights Nursery says these pens are the best for making waterproof signage in the garden. Golf tees may also be the ticket for keeping accessories in place in a fairy garden. Timely Tip: Bare spots in the lawn larger than 4-inches square should be ...

The best exotic non-marigolds

Plant Delights Nursery, Plantdelights.com: For 25 years, Plant Delights Nursery, under the direction of founder Tony Avent, has offered an eclectic, constantly expanding selection of interesting native and worldwide finds. Not to be missed in the new listings are the many Voodoo lilies...

Garden catalogs begin annual journey to your mailbox

-- Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery and the comedian of the plant world, provides thorough, often hilarious, descriptions of the plants in his catalog -- and there are lots, including many new and unusual. Yes, Plant Delights is an East Coast nursery, but it's mail-order. And ...

Nursery opens for winter delights

Tony Avent never imagined the winter event would become so popular. "Conventional wisdom says that people won't visit a nursery in the winter," Avent said. "We think it's the opportunity to see plants that they might normally miss as well as the chance to see the garden in its ...

Gardening catalog sets off firestorm

The open-ended brand of satirical cartoons that Tony Avent puts on the cover of his garden nursery catalogs have earned him sporadic hate mail for more than a decade. Now his new spring catalog is getting the Wake County plant whiz investigated by Penn State University officials for ...

Saunders: Garden catalog art irks Penn State alumni ...

Penn State alumni have been giving Raleigh's Tony Avent "down in the country" ever since they became aware of the cover of his latest catalog cover at Plant Delights Nursery. It features, among many other things, unflattering depictions of the Nittany Lions' lionized former coach, the ...

6 lessons about hosta, with tony avent

Yet in a conversation the other afternoon with Tony Avent, founder of Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina and a longtime hosta breeder, it was one hosta “aha” after another. Ever wonder, for instance, why some blue hostas turn dull by high summer, or certain yellow and variegated ...

dirty horticulture: Tony Avent: the Howard Stern of horticulture?

Tony Avent: the Howard Stern of horticulture? This past week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Tony Avent, founder of Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tony is a renowned and dedicated plantsman who, like many of us plant geeks, is fueled and ...

Gardening Symposium Saturday at CNU

Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery near Raleigh, N.C., gives the keynote… (Courtesy Plant Delights…) Horticulturist Tony Avent is obsessed with finding new plants, propagating them and sharing them through his mail-order business, Plant Delights Nursery, outside Raleigh, N.C. ...

Plant hunter searches the world for new specimens

Since childhood, horticulturist Tony Avent looks for the rare ones, adding a bit of wit to the discoveries If there's ever an international champion of rare and unusual perennials, the title should go to Tony Avent, keynote speaker for the Gardening Symposium April 16 at ...

Garden Cameos: It's time to peruse garden catalogs

Contact Tony Avent, one of this country's last great nursery owners at www.plant delights.com, or call 919-772-4794. I also like Great Garden Plants at www.great gardenplants.com. Chris Hansen carries all of the best Lenten roses, as well as hydrangeas and other perennials. Chris' plants ...

Best Bets for the Weekend!

• The Southern Appalachian Plant Society will sponsor a lecture with Tony Avent, international plant explorer, garden writer and owner of Plant Delights Nursery, at 7 p.m., Thursday in the auditorium of the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 300 W. Market St., downtown Kingsport. ...

Who Took the G out of H&G Media

As Industry personality Tony Avent owner of Plant Delights Nursery located in Raleigh, North Carolina, says, “the most misunderstood and overlooked component of business success is communication, a form of communication that establishes a brand of product” – in this case the ‘G’ of home ...

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