We’re very pleased and proud to announce that someone whom most of you know and respect is joining us as an intermittent Ranter.
Horticulturalist, author, lecturer, and plant developer/seller Allan Armitage became intrigued by the idea of ranting after talking to both Susan and me about how Garden Rant works. I had interviewed him about the third edition of his Herbaceous Perennial Plants, and Susan had fun hanging out with him at the Garden Writers Association conference in Portland in late summer.
You all know Allan Armitage as “the perennial guy,” just as Michael Dirr is “the tree guy.” Some of the most well-known Armitage titles (there are 11) are Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Armitage’s Garden Perennials, and Armitage’s Native Plants for North American Gardens. If you have any of these books, you also know that he’s an entertaining and opinionated writer as well as an expert plantsman.
Allan Armitage has an endowed professorship at the University of Georgia at Athens, where he runs the research gardens, co-founded with Michael Dirr in 1982. As a teacher and speaker, “Dr. A” is in constant demand, and has won numerous honors, including the The Kiplinger Chair at Ohio State University, the Brooks Award for Teaching, the Alex Laurie Award for outstanding research in horticulture, and the Golden Trowel from the Garden Writers Association for Allan Armitage on Perennials, just to name a very few of his awards. He has a B.Sc from MacDonald College, a Quebec, M.Sc. from University of Guelph, Ontario and his Ph.D. from Michigan State, and has lectured in all 50 states, as well as in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Greece.
I’m not done. There is also Athens Select, a line of heat and humidity tolerant plants for the American market. Plants introduced by Armitage include Ipomea “Marguerita,” Cleome “Linde Armstrong,” Verbena “Homestead Purple” (with Michael Dirr), and Ruellia “Rajin’ Cajun.”
On a more personal level, Allan was born in Montreal, lives most of the year in Athens, and has two daughters; I mention them because you’ll be hearing about them.
So yeah. We’re flattered that “Dr. A” would want to rant with us (at least twice a month and maybe more). Readers, what would YOU like to hear Allan rant about? Let me know in comments. In the meantime, expect his first rant bright and early tomorrow morning!