Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Harry Luther is the director of the Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Identification Center and curator of the living collections at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. He has studied bromeliad habitats for 40 years and is a sought-after speaker for horticulture and botanical groups nationally and internationally. He has published more than one hundred papers, both technical and popular, and is the coauthor with David Benzing of Native Bromeliads of Florida.