The Gardener's Gardener

IF you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a weekend. get married. But if you want to be happy all your life, become a gardener."

So goes an old proverb often quoted by David Burpee, 67, president and proprietor of the W. Atlee Burpee Co., the world's largest mail-order seed house. To spread the joys of gardening, Burpee each year mails out 4,000,000 copies of his catalogues, which bloom with richly flowered prose, amaze with promises of something "never before seen in asters," and unfold the mysteries of celtuce...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!