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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.. One of the many types of Variegated Agave that the nursery grows. Many of them are grown for years before they are sold to find the strains that are the hardiest.