Jefferson Gaither Gray, born in 1958, Maury County, Tennessee, the youngest of four sons of Daniel Roger Gray Jr. and Eleanor Gaither (Frierson) Gray. Dan was a surgeon and Gaither was an artist and homemaker among many other things, both gardeners, and ornithologists.
There are pictures of him planting bulbs at the age of three and he has yet to stop gardening. He started working at thirteen for Gene Raulston at Gene’s Garden Center and stayed there till he left to attend The University of the South. He was part of the initial program of the Dauphin Island Institute and spent a summer at University College, Oxford. He received a degree in Botany from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was a supervisor at Sky Transpo at the World’s Fair in Knoxville, worked for the physics department at The University of Alabama in Huntsville at the Space Sciences Lab on Redstone Arsenal and when that contract ended, he started a landscaping business. He retired due to health issues in 2014 but still does occasional specialty and consultation work.