Chris got the idea for this adventure while studying horticulture at Texas A&M University, where he did a business plan for a wholesale bulb company as a class project. With the help of Bill Welch, also of A&M, he later modified his plan to focus on heirloom bulbs, scarce in nurseries but abundant on old homeplaces. These bulbs are special because they are adapted to the heat and humidity of the South. What was missing was someone to find the bulbs and ask landowners for permission to share them. Chris was up for it.
Left: Rows of q and 'Grand Primo' narcissus thrive at The Southern Bulb Company's farm.