Tas Jones, the father of the chrysanthemum in Australia, died on Jan. 15. Cause of death was not released. He was 99.
For more than 76 years, Jones grew prizewinning chrysanthemums in his Lenah Valley garden. The secret to his mums? Changing the soil every season and using a coin in the dirt. The horticultural legend also grew vegetables and roses.
Jones exhibited more than 1,000 champion blooms all over the world. A purple pink variety of chrysanthemum is even named in his honor.
Listen to an Interview With Jones