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Family Tradition
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Family Tradition

James Topping makes coastal gardening look easy. The 20-acre garden he tends in East Hampton, New York, has belonged to his family since the Toppings first arrived from England in the 1640s. Today, James makes a living off the land, just as generations of his ancestors did before him. His nursery and landscape business, Topping’s Greenhouse, is known locally as a source for bedding plants, succulents, and tropical varieties.

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