2012 Plant Delights Nursery March Newsletter

I want to begin with a huge thank you for all the wonderful notes of support we’ve received over the last week. You’ll never begin to know how much those mean, so a big long distance hug to everyone who shared their thoughts. To those who wrote and are going through the same thing, or have recently lost a loved one, our thoughts and prayers go out to you. The solace of a garden takes on a new meaning during times like these. With such a wonderful winter from a weather perspective, it’s been hard not having the time to be out in the garden, making each precious moment more special as the garden awakens. As one who is naturally far too prone to distraction, I wasn’t sure this newsletter was going to get finished, but fortunately, a lack of sleep has a few advantages, so here we go. It’s been really great to see so many wonderful folks as I’ve traveled around the country speaking this winter, and thanks to the mild temperatures, I’ve had a surprisingly large number of flights Read more [...]

2012 Plant Delights Nursery February Newsletter

It is with great sadness that I report my wife and Plant Delights Nursery co-owner, Michelle Avent, 55, passed away after a brave four year battle with a very aggressive form of metastatic breast cancer. Michelle was a Raleigh native who attended Needham Broughton High School, followed by a brief and chilly stint at Appalachian State University before enrolling in NC State University. Michelle and I attended junior high together, but only met and began dating in high school, marrying four years later on December 30, 1977...just in time to follow NCSU to the 1977 Peach Bowl in Atlanta for our honeymoon. Michelle and I were fortunate to work together for eleven years at our part time job at the Mission Valley Cinema near NC State University. To support our family further, Michelle dropped out of NC State to work full time, first at the NCSU Genetics Lab, and later at the NCSU Student Supply Store. Her career next led her to the Instrument Society of America, where she remained until 1993, Read more [...]