With a strong history of large scale farming on both sides of the family, Ray French graduated with a degree in Agriculture specializing in Nursery Crop Production and Botany from Auburn University. Upon graduation, Ray ran some of the largest commercial growers in the country. He is now a consultant for a large home improvement retailer and travels all over the world in search of new plants. Once the potential plants are discovered, he works with growers to produce them and the retailer to market them. Ray has been an integral part of introducing many of the most popular plants in the market today such as the Knockout Rose, Encore Azaleas, and SunPatiens.