This article appeared in the March 2012 issue as "Garden Great."
In November, Frank Cabot, founder of the Garden Conservancy, which is devoted to garden preservation, passed away at age 86. Even before he died, the garden community could not say enough good things about him. Below, a few words said in recent years about the financier-turned-green thumb.
Jan S. Ohms, the head of Van Engelen, John Scheepers, and John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, three well-known bulb and seed catalogs, is dead. Born in Connecticut in 1925 to Dutch parents, he was the third generation of his family to work in the Dutch flower bulb business.
In the 1970s, Ohms bought the Van Engelen flower bulb company and in 1991, he bought the John Scheepers company and their catalog. John Scheepers, the founder of the eponymous company, was Ohms's uncle, and he founded the company in 1908.