It’s especially sad for us to announce the all too early passing of former PDN’er Hunter Stubbs, 47, who passed away this weekend from brain cancer. Hunter was a star student of the late Dr. JC Raulston, and an amazing worker for us, before he moved to Asheville, and became a household name in the landscape community. Hunter’s first job there was as landscape manager for Richmond Hill Inn, and his incredible passion for plants led him to start a horticulture symposium there, for which he enticed Dan Hinkley and I to speak on the same program. Hunter went on to become part-owner of the BB Barnes Landscape Division. Like JC Raulston, Hunter almost seemed bigger than life…always smiling, and always positive. Even at the NC Nursery Show this January, you would have been hard pressed to know anything was wrong. Hunter is survived by his wife Carla, and two children, Hayden and Carson. Life well lived, my friend.
So sorry for the loss of your friend. I had the pleasure of hearing Dan Hinkley speak last week in Oregon at the International Master Gardener Conference. He must have been something to get you both together on one program!
Very sad day, indeed. The gardening community will miss his wisdom and expertise.
Dorothy Downing, Tulare County, Ca, Master Gardener.