40 Under 40, Class of 2018

Zachary Steeno


Rose Innovations LLC

Job Title

Director of New Plant Development


  • Works as a rose hybridizer at the rosarium of Will Radler, the father of the Knockout series of roses. “It is a boot camp for the most rugged of roses to endure and thrive.”
  • Is an integral part of an international collaborative breeding program and travels to France frequently to do new seedling selections.


A Dedicated Plantsman: "I am a plant collector, borderline hoarder, and, even though I love my roses and perennials, the genus I have the biggest collection of is actually galanthus. I have over 100 cultivars to my name."

Fun Facts

True to His Dairyland Roots: Zach loves cheese. "I’m from Wisconsin, enough said!"

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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.
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