Horticulture Heroes and Plant Champions

Every day, the plant world is quietly led by horticulture heroes and plant champions who make an enormous impact on our lives and the future of the planet. Seed Your Future aims to share their stories, promote horticulture, and inspire more people to pursue careers working with plants. If you would like to recommend someone to be featured, submit their story!

Read Their Stories

Chaz Perea - Los Angeles Dodgers

Plant Champion - Chaz Perea - Los Angeles Dodgers
While major league baseball fans cannot (yet) return to the ballparks, it is still critical that the fields and stadiums be maintained. Never a...

Kathy Lewis, Blocks in Bloom

Blocks in Bloom, Cornell Cooperative Extension
“So many things divide us in this small world, but growing plants is the opposite. It is something that almost everyone likes to do,...

Aurélie de Rus Jacquet - Ethnopharmacologist

Horticulture Hero - Aurelie de Rus Jacquet
Harnessing the Power of Plants to Prevent, Heal and Cure Diseases. When Aurélie de Rus Jacquet was 14 years old, she knew she wanted...

Priscilla Randolph, The Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies

Priscilla Randolph, North Carolina A&T State University
She’s the “purple unicorn” of the plant world – a top-notch, in-the-lab plant scientist who also digs in the dirt with kids - helping...

Tanner Burgdorf - Groundwork Bridgeport

Plant Champion - Tanner Burgdorf
What change do you want to bring to the world?  What can you do to share your love of plants with your community?  Our...

Allison Pillar - Chicago Botanic Garden

Plant Champion - Allison Pillar
How does a soon-to-graduate student with a degree in Biology find her way to a career working with plants, when “...horticulture wasn’t even on...

Olivia Dias - Myriad Botanical Gardens

Myriad Botanical Gardens - Children's Garden Manager
Olivia Dias knows there are no limits to what you can do when you work with plants. As Manager of the Children’s Garden at...

Terry Garrett, Elevated Gardens

Terry Garrett, Elevated Gardens
Terry Garrett believes everyone should be able to enjoy gardening.  He knows it improves your health, your environment, and your community.  These are the...

Willoway Nurseries

Plant Champion - Willoway Nurseries
Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way — To Become Plant Champions. The daily business of running a family-owned nursery is hard work. It’s...

Matt Flynn, Tampa Bay Watch

Tampa Bay Watch, Bay Grasses in Classes
Believe it or not, even though we often think of forests having the most carbon since there is so much foliage and so many...