Abra Lee is a graduate of Auburn University College of Agriculture and is a former leadership fellow at Longwood Gardens. She has worked as a municipal arborist for the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, as the landscape manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and as an extension agent for the University of Georgia. Abra describes herself as a “horticulturist extraordinaire that is half country bumpkin, half bougie, occasionally extra, and inherently Southern.” She founded the website ConquerTheSoil.com, where she writes about her research into the history, folklore, and art of Black horticulturists in the United States. Her work has been featured by various media outlets including The New York Times and National Public Radio. Abra is currently working on a book, Conquer the Soil: Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country’s Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers, expected in 2024.
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