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April 16, 2010. Raleigh, North Carolina.. Tony Avent is the founder of the Juniper Level Botanical Garden and the owner of Plant Delights Nursery. He is a plant explorer, traveling around the world looking for new types of plants, and is considered one of the forerunners in the field of breeding new varieties of plants for the consumer market.. Mr. Avent in the Epimedium shade house. Here many types of the plant are grown and watched for years to find the hardiest strains, before being out into production and sold to the consumer.