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Bryson L. James


Bryson L. James, a resident of McMinnville, Tennessee, but a native of Florence, Alabama, received his bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Auburn University (then A.P.I.) in 1951 and, after completing military service in the U.S. Air Force, went on to earn master’s (1956) and Ph.D. (1959) degrees at The Ohio State University.

Currently a consulting horticulturist, James was a professor and director of the University of Florida’s Agricultural Research Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, until 1974. He is joint-owner of a 120-acre farm where ornamental plants are propagated and grown for contract research. He also conducts training courses for nurserymen and is a renowned speaker at trade and professional meetings.

James has served as director of research for the Southern Nursery Association for many years and was honored with a student research competition being named in his honor. He is the editor of the Annual Proceedings SNA Research Conference and is past editor of the SNA Nursery Research Journal. James has also been a longtime participant and Fellow in the International Plant Propagator’s Society southern region meetings and is known and respected by its members and the industry. He is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, the Weed Science Society of America, and the American Horticultural Society.

In 1969, he received the Slater Wright Memorial Award, the highest recognition given to nurserymen in the South. James was named the Florida Nurserymen Women’s Auxiliary Man of the Year in 1973 and, the following year, was also honored by the Florida Associated Nurserymen and the Florida Nursery and Growers Association for outstanding contributions to horticulture. In 1993, he was awarded the Society’s highest honor—the Sidney Meadows Award of Merit.

James and his wife, Frances, have four children.