George Lucas and His Greenhouse
George and Louise Lucas opened their first greenhouse in Monroeville, New Jersey in 1978 and today it stretches over 1.7 million square feet of glass and 35 acres of outdoor growing space.
They employ hundreds of people to ensure everything runs smoothly, and have even implemented a self-guided tree trail for guests to discover the trees on their property.
Early Life and Education
George Lucas was raised in a sharecropper family north of Montgomery and was exposed to blacksmiths, auto mechanics, and skilled artisans – an environment which later proved essential in creating his works.
He first started sculpting using wire and other pieces of metal found around his home in Pink Lily, earning himself the moniker Tin Man. Soon enough, his work became widely-admired among artists worldwide.
Lucas Gardens School boasts cutting-edge indoor facilities as well as outdoor learning environments, such as its fragrant sensory garden and liberty swing. Students at Lucas Gardens learn to express themselves and gain independence by working closely with teachers, parents and carers, and the therapists on site.
George Lucas is the founder of Lucas Greenhouses and remains heavily involved with daily operations of the business. Known for his expert growing advice, George is often on hand to answer cultural queries or offer insight on issues. When not running around a greenhouse wearing old t-shirts and ripped jeans you can find him spending quality time with family or out golfing.
Biltmore’s rosarian didn’t plan on becoming an expert rose cultivator, but was instead drawn into this field by chance. Now he oversees care of 1,800 roses at the estate and has an intimate understanding of its history; musically he creates an atmosphere ranging from tuneful searching tunes such as Backyard Paradise or Moonlit to dreamlike dancing and Wild Roses that burst with tireless energy.
Achievement and Honors
Lucas Greenhouses is one of the largest greenhouse growers in New Jersey. Boasting over 1.5 million square feet of state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities and 30 acres for outdoor production, Lucas supplies plants to garden centers and retail outlets nationwide.
Lucas is engaged in both business and charitable work. She serves as trustee of the William L. Brown Center for Research on Human Sexuality and on the board of directors for The Luminary Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.
Her first book, Red Speedo, won an Obie Award and her second, The Christians was shortlisted for the Whiting Award.
Lucas often begins her work with found objects like furniture pieces, food, concrete blocks, stockings and cigarettes – furniture pieces being particularly common sources. Her sculptures often depict headless figures identified solely by their genitals while her paintings often incorporate themes from European twentieth-century art movements such as expressionism or cubism.
At the 1997 Sensation exhibition in New Orleans, she made waves when she displayed I SCREAM DADDIO, her provocative installation that mocked women’s reproductive rights and garnered international renown.
Lucas is known for its iconic pink toilet and world’s largest travel plate, but also houses the Grass Roots Arts Center, Florence Deeble’s rock garden and Garden of Isis. Lucas is often called the “Capital of Outsider Art” as it was founded by S.P. Dinsmoor – self-taught artist who began creating cement yard art depicting biblical and political commentary scenes – who later started living there and is buried here within Lucas. He remains interred here in a mausoleum on Lucas property.
George Lucas achieved billionaire status through filmmaking and entrepreneurship. His groundbreaking ventures at Industrial Light and Magic helped shape blockbuster movies while his ventures with THX and Skywalker Sound set audio/visual standards for movie audiences worldwide.
His real estate portfolio also stands out; not only does he boast an eye-catching Bel Air home with its incredible $33.9 million price tag (think grottoes, fountains and tropical gardens), he has beachfront property in Carpinteria as well.
He owns a 1.7 million-square-foot greenhouse complex which produces bedding plants for independent garden centers and some supermarket chains. Furthermore, he earns from YouTube and TikTok videos as he gets paid from sponsored ads or promotional brand deals.