Dick has always enjoyed growing plants. Our acres of Christmas tree fields trace back to a couple hundred spruce seedlings planted by Dick as part of a 4-H project in 1947. A graduate from Wesleyan University (BA) and Yale (Ph.D.),
he worked at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for 25 years as a plant breeder and horticulturist with specialties in chestnut and mountain laurel. He has received numerous awards for his research and edited the reference book Nut Tree Culture in North America and authored Kalmia: Mountain Laurel and Related Species. He resigned from the Experiment Station in 1984 to start Broken Arrow Nursery.