Before I begin this week’s column, I want to take a moment to wish my former father-in-law, George Story, the founder of Story’s Nursery in Freehold, a very happy 101st birthday.
That is not a typo or a misprint. George was born more than a century ago on Feb. 22, like his namesake George Washington, who he was named after.
He has been an inspiration to generations of horticulturalists, including his seven children, numerous grandchildren and now great-grandchildren.
You can add me to the list of people he has inspired over the decades. I saw George last summer at the nursery, where he was watering and primping bedding plants. If there ever was an appropriate use for the phrase “he forgot more than I will ever know” it applies to George compared to most horticulturalists.
The nursery he established in the early 1950s remains as one of the premier