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Everyone knows that gardeners have an attachment to the land, but James Topping’s roots grow particularly deep.

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Plant Apprentice
Tria Giovan

Plant Apprentice

James, who calls himself a self-educated landscape designer, started training at a young age. “Every day after lunch, my grandmother weeded the perennial beds, and I was there beside her,” he says. These days he tends the colorful beds himself, cultivating cottage-garden favorites such as lavatera, malva, hollyhock, and a double-flowered daylily that has been growing here for 150 years.

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