Next February, the birth date of a celebrated naturalist, geologist, biologist and author will see its 200-year commemoration.
Without him, chances are that many of us who are gardeners in the 21st century would not have taken up this hobby, career or obsession. He was that inspirational.
On the other side of the coin, many others vilify him to this day, especially in conservative regions such as North Georgia.
His work dominated much of the 19th century in his fields of study and expertise. He was the maternal grandson of another genius, a man whose work has resulted in the creation of housewares and decorative items we see in many homes in North America to this day, and he married a cousin from that same branch of the family. Although he was born in 1809, his longest surviving child did not die until 1943.
Do you know who this man was?