The University of North Carolina Herbarium
(NCU) has catalogued about a dozen specimens collected by Dr. A.J. Bullard,
an enthusiastic, keen observer of flora of the southeastern United
States. He is particularly
knowledgeable of the woody flora of eastern North Carolina and cultivated
trees, shrubs and vines.
AJ Bullard was born in Sampson County, North
Carolina and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1961. He
earned Doctor of Dental Surgery from that same institution in 1965. He is married to Barbara Borger Bullard who
earned degrees in Library Science and Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Dr. Bullard practiced dentistry in Mount
Olive, North Carolina for many years, and in retirement devotes himself to
his arboretum near Calypso, North Carolina.
He writes a weekly column, “Botany with Bullard” for the Mount Olive Messenger published by the
Goldsboro News-Argus. He was recently featured in the Carrboro Citizen in an article by Ken
Moore entitled “Live to Learn It!”
A.J. Bullard, left,
describing leaf characteristics of white mulberry cultivar “Pakistan” to Liam
Shannon. Photo by Ken Moore. From the
CARRBORO CITIZEN, 21 June 2012.