George Lindley Taber Jr. was born in 1906 to George Taber Sr. and Mildred Willey Taber. George grew up on the nursery and lived there his whole life, except for a few years during his late teens and early twenties when he attended schools in New England. He served as president and later board chairman of the Glen Saint Mary Nurseries Company from the 1930s until 1998 when he stepped down at the age of 91.
During his career, George was recognized by the University of Florida for his hand in discovering and propagating the George Lindley Taber azalea, named after his father G. L. Taber, Sr. In addition, he was involved with the Nurserymen and Growers Association and helped develop several new plant varieties, including the Weaver dogwood, a tree with "stronger and larger foliage, and larger and more numerous blooms,"1 and the Taber persimmon, a hardy, sweet persimmon variety.2
In 1935, George married Emily Hughes and they had two children, George Lindley Taber III and Cameron Taber Blanton. George passed away on July 28, 1998. 3