Just nine days ago, on February 4, I was sitting in an auditorium listening to Tony Avent talk to us (the Connecticut Hort Society) about planting in drifts of one. He was as funny and irreverent as his Plant Delights catalog is, but his garden design examples and advice were sophisticated and professional. He's not just a comic speaker, he is a well grounded plantsman with an eye for designing with form and texture.
To start, he shared photos from his first gardens when he was a newly wed, newly minted horticulture graduate, clueless about garden design at that time.
We, the audience, did not know his wife was terminally ill as he told us amusing stories about creating those first gardens in his first tiny home in the city. We did not know.
There is a story behind every story.
A week after his talk with us, his wife and partner of many years died. You can read the moving obituary here.