Hiking in ankle-deep mud, shivering in rain-soaked sleeping bags, and enduring bee stings and leech bites while watching for even more dangerous creatures... a plant explorer's life is anything but glamorous.
Why do they do it? Not for fortune or fame--few outside horticultural circles know who they are. (When's the last time you thought about where the plants you buy originated?) Whether they send their finds to commercial growers or propagate and sell the plants themselves, these three hunters agree: The real payoff is the thrill of discovery.