Rodney Eason – Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, father of 4, husband to a Renaissance woman.
I spent the first part of my life in North Carolina, the middle in Pennsylvania, and now I am determined to become a Mainer while keeping my southern drawl. I consider the rhetorical question, “you’re not from around here, are you?” a compliment.
I love great gardens, beautiful plants, and inspiring architecture. Because of this, I am on a lifelong quest to find a garden that artistically combines beautiful plants while being centered around an evocative building. For me, this would be Beatrix Farrand’s Dumbarton Oaks, with the plants of Lotusland and Chanticleer, around Fay Jones’ Thorncrown Chapel.
My wife and I are now making our new home and garden in a 130 year old New England house with a farmer’s porch near the Damariscotta River in coastal Maine. When our kids get into college, we want to hike the Appalachian Trail as a family over a summer break.
My likes (in random order): the smell of fresh basil and rosemary, bold foliage, India Pale Ale, good running shoes, Top Gear, the smell of New England in the fall (it reminds me a bit of English Leather, which my grandfather wore), and the sound of our family laughing together around the dinner table.
I dream of one day owning an old Toyota 4X4 pick-up and seeing the Avett Brothers in concert.