Publishing executive; horticulturist, editor, writer. Born– February 21, 1948, Selma. Parents– Alex and Louise (Johnson) Floyd. Married– Pamela Lorene Billups.¬† Children–two. Education– Auburn University, B.S., 1970; M.S., 1972; Clemson University, Ph.D., 1975. Served as an agricultural science assistant at Clemson, 1973-1975; headed agricultural technical program at Jefferson State Junior College, 1975-1977; senior horticulturist for “Southern Living”, 1977-84; editorial director for Southern Accents, 1985-87; editorial director for Creative Ideas and Cooking Light, 1987-88; director of marketing services, Southern Progress Corporation, 1988-97; vice-president, Southern Progress Corp. and editor-in-chief of Southern Living, 1991-2008. Director, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. ¬†Member Board of Directors, University of North Carolina Botanical Gardens, 1988-81; member Board of Directors, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham; member Garden Writers of America, Birmingham Botanical Society, American Horticultural Society.


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