40 Under 40, Class of 2017

Kate Mapes


Quad City Botanical Center

Job Title

Team Support and Special Projects


  • Worked in the Living with the Land greenhouses at Walt Disney World and learned about plant presentation, showmanship, attention to detail and how to provide guests the best experience possible.
  • Along with the head gardener, is responsible for maintaining the plants in the facility’s Children’s Garden and ensuring they are interesting and relevant to kids, including a fully functioning mock-up of the Mississippi River.


Black and White Menagerie: Kate has a love of black and white animals, including cows, pandas, orcas and especially penguins. She even got to meet a penguin at Sea World last year.

Fun Facts

Dairy Contrariety: Her father, Bob DePauw, is a lactose-intolerant dairy farmer who cannot consume his own product. He raises Dutch Belted Cattle, which are black with a white band around the middle.

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345

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