Reeves started gardening as a child in Georgia. He received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Georgia. After serving for more than 28 years the Geogia Cooperative Extension Service, he retired to form his own horticultural education consulting company.
Rushing is a 10th generation Southern gardener. He is a leading Extension Service consumer horticulturist in Mississippi and has two degrees from Mississippi State University and the Louisiana State University Landscape School of the South. He coordinates Master Gardeners in the state's capitol.