40 Under 40, Class of 2014

Sonali Padhye, Ph.D.


Pan American Seed/ Ball Horticultural Co., Asheville, N.C.

Job Title

Technical Services Manager


Consults and collaborates with growers around the country to develop and implement floriculture research; identify and diagnose growing challenges; and enhance production efficiencies. Has published 10 refereed articles and authored more than 30 floriculture trade magazine articles on her research and related greenhouse production topics.


Outside the Greenhouse: Sonali enjoys making beaded jewelry, painting, sketching, hiking and cooking. “I like to create fusion dishes with hints of Indian and western cuisine.”

Fun Facts

A Lily By Any Other Name: In recognition of her research efforts, Tiny Padhye Asiatic lily was named after her.

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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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