Abra Lee is poised to captivate audiences as she shares from her upcoming book, a remarkable profile of 45 hidden figures in horticulture – Black women and men whose exceptional careers in the plant world have remained largely unknown or overlooked. In her presentation, Abra will cast a spotlight on these remarkable individuals, giving them the recognition, they truly deserve while enhancing our collective understanding of horticultural history.
Abra Lee is a storyteller, horticulturist, and author of the forthcoming book Conquer the Soil: Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country’s Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers. Her extensive experience spans roles as a municipal arborist and airport landscape manager, immersing her in the world of gardening. Her work has graced renowned publications like The New York Times, Fine Gardening, and Veranda Magazine. Lee holds a degree from Auburn University College of Agriculture and is an esteemed alumna of the Longwood Gardens Society of Fellows, a global network of public horticulture professionals. In 2022, she showcased her work at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show in partnership with Auburn University and currently services on the advisory council for PHS Public Gardens and Landscapes.