JARED BARNES started gardening when he was five years old. He has enthusiastically pursued how to best cultivate plants and captivate gardeners. He currently fulfills those passions as an assistant professor of horticulture at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Jared has travelled in the US and to 10 countries to gain a national and global perspective of horticulture. His passion for horticulture has been recognized by peers in interviews in Organic Gardening, Greenhouse Grower, AmericanHort’s Connect, Ken Druse’s Real Dirt, and Nursery Management. Jared has written articles for Fine Gardening and Carolina Gardener. He was awarded his Ph.D. in horticultural science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC in 2014.