JONES, SAMUEL B., JR., 1933-2016


Botanist, professor of botany. Born– Dec. 18, 1933, Roswell, Ga. Parents–Samuel B. Jones Sr. and Mary Bell Nichols Jones.  Married–Carleen Arrington, 1955.  Children–three. Education– Auburn University, B.S., 1955, M.S., 1961; University of Georgia, Ph.D., 1964. Served in US Army and US Army Reserves; retired at rank of lieutenant colonel. Taught at South Cobb High School (Ga.), 1958-1959; Auburn University, 1959-1961; University of Southern Mississippi, 1964-1967; University of Georgia, 1967-91; Director, Botanical Garden, University of Georgia, 1981-1991. With his wife founded Picadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens in the early 1980’s; received several awards for its work: the Perennial Plant Award of Merit, 2005, and the Award of Merit from the American Conifer Society. Recipient of a Callaway Foundation Research Grant. Member; Botanical Society of America; American Society of Plant Taxonomists; International Association of Plant Taxonomists; Sorrey Botanical Club.  Awarded emeritus status on his retirement from the University of Georgia. Died February 9, 2016.


American Men and Women of Science, 1982; obituary.


Checklist of the Vascular Flora of Clarke County, Georgia. S.l.; s.n., 1980?

Conspectus and Index to Families–Tribe Vernonieae. Chicago; s.n., s.d.

Field Museum of Natural History, 1980. S.l.; s.n., s.d.

Gardening with Native Wild Flowers. Portland, Ore.; Timber Press, 1990.

List of Georgia Plants in the University of Georgia Herbarium. Athens, Ga.; Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Georgia, 1979.

Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast, Landscaping Uses and Identifications. Portland, Ore.; Timber Press, 1989.

Plant Systematics. New York; McGraw-Hill, 1979.


The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia holds a collection of papers of Samuel B. Jones Jr.