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Cultivating plants. Cultivating gardeners.
Cultivating life.

Jared with stewartiaHi!  My name is Jared Barnes.  Two of my greatest passions in life are plants and people, and I consider myself very fortunate to have a gratifying career that is centered on both.  As a horticulturist and an educator, I am ardent about cultivating plants and cultivating gardeners.  And, in doing so I have discovered that I cultivate life!  Plants aren’t just pretty!!!  They sustain us, they engage us, and I have witnessed the humble act of gardening change lives.

My website Harvest & Snow helps me to fulfill my ambition of cultivating plants, cultivating gardeners, and cultivating life because it serves as a nexus for many of my horticulture-themed endeavors, and it is a portfolio of many of my talks, writings, and projects.  I welcome you, and I invite you to check out some of my works in the links to the left.  And, if you like what you see I would be delighted to come speak to your group or write for you.  Just drop me an email at esculentus(at) Until next time, keep growing!!!

What's New:

TALK: I recently gave a talk Colorful Gardens from around the World at the 2014 Landscape Color Field Day.

ARTICLE: My article "Bare But Beautiful" (4.6 MB) that featured several great deciduous plants for winter interest recently appeared in the 2014 February issue of Fine Gardening (Copyright Fine Gardening 2014).

TALK: I recently gave a talk Plant Extroverts! Wonderful Woodies with Personality at the Guilford Horticultural Society Symposium.

FEATURE: I was honored that Crystal Cady featured me in her piece "Faces of Farwest" for Digger magazine for the talk I presented at the Farwest Show titled "Plant Extroverts! Wonderful Woodies and Praiseworthy Perennials." (Article copyright Digger magazine, Oregon Association of Nurseries).

ARTICLE: I had a lot of fun writing "A Zeal for Native Azaleas" for Carolina Gardener. It features some of the best native deciduous azaleas for the Carolinas. (Copyright Carolina Gardener 2013.)








The image in the banner above is of Yucca rostrata, taken at the JC Raulston Arboretum.