GPN 40 under 40

May 5, 2021
Meet the Class of 2021 By Tim Hodson

Any day now, you should be receiving your May issue of GPN.

This month, like we have done for the last nine years, we are introducing the newest class of GPN’s 40 Under 40.

The Class of 2021 (21 women and 19 men) represents the entire spectrum of the horticulture industry — from plant breeder to retail expert and a little bit of everything in between.

These trailblazers exemplify superior leadership, creativity, innovative thinking and accomplishments in and outside their fields — and they are all under the age of 40.

This year’s class features Eagle scouts, EAGL graduates, Ph.Ds., master’s, bachelor’s and high school degrees, an “American Idol” applicant, a novelist, a bagpipe player, a salamander chaperone, several aficionados of the 1990 movie “Goodfellas” and more.

It is a group of young professionals that you definitely need to know about.

If you can’t wait to get your May issue, then be sure to check out our 40 Under 40 page on

A special thank you goes out to our 2021 sponsors including: AmericanHort, BioWorks, Dümmen Orange, NuFarm and Proven Winners

— Tim


Lowe’s Hosts National Hiring Day

On May 4, Lowe’s hosted a National Hiring Day to make it as easy as possible for anyone to start a part-time job or a full-time career. Lowe’s previously announced it planned to hire more than 50,000 seasonal, part-time and full-time associates for its U.S. stores. Last year, the company hired more than 90,000 associates into permanent roles. “National Hiring Day has been a simple and convenient way for any job seeker to apply for an open role, get to know us and begin a career with Lowe’s,” said Janice Dupré, Lowe’s EVP of human resources. “Our associates drive our success in making homes better for all, and we are committed to enabling everyone who touches our business to thrive and contribute to that success.”

Walmart Makes May Mom’s Month

Walmart is showing its appreciation to moms this month by extending Mother’s Day into Mother’s May. The retailer is hosting Mother’s May Markets in select cities at Walmart Supercenters across the country. Walmart will transform their outside atmospheres into free, outdoor markets where families can gather, explore and create handmade crafty gifts and also can take away a free family photo and goody bag. For those unable to attend the Mother’s May Market, the fun continues online at, where custom Mother’s May cards and instructions to make handmade gifts for Mom can be found. Curated gifts lists and other discounts for Mom are also available on the site.

Home Depot Creates Emergency Prep Resources

With the Federal Emergency Management Agency recognizing May 9–15 as National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the month of May as National Wildfire Preparedness month, the Home Depot is offering new resources to help customers prepare for natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires. The home improvement retailer is offering a variety of digital resources to help guide customers throughout a natural disaster, from critical readiness topics to storm recovery and disaster relief, on To date in 2021, the company has committed $4.1 million to disaster response in areas impacted by tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes.

Tim Hodson

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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.
Erica Hernandez
Emma Lookabaugh
Melissa Maguire
Cole Mangum
Oz Marshall
Meagan Nace
Tiffany Nohl
Chris Plane
Mike Prol