Amber Holmer is a member of GPN's 2024 Class of Forty Under 40 honorees.
40 Under 40, Class of 2024

Amber Holmer


Perfection Greenhouse

Job Title

Greenhouse manager


What professional and personal accomplishments are you most proud of? 

  • Re-branded our Mulberry Miniatures division by revamping the catalog, creating new booth designs for trade shows and designing new informational brochures.
  • Instrumental in the acquisition of our Mulberry Miniature plant collection and was able to build relationships with different broker companies to get our business venture off the ground.
  • I started working in the industry as a part-time water girl at 15. I am now a business partner who manages our shipping department, greenhouse department and creates our displays and marketing. 

What led you to work in the horticulture industry? 

  • My love for the outdoors led me to work at a local garden center when I was 15. I instantly enjoyed working in the greenhouse, planting custom planters and choosing new varieties. 

What’s the best thing about your job?

  • I get to do what I love, every day. 

Describe to a 6-year-old what you do in life?

  • I work in a place where you can play in the dirt all day and never get yelled at.
  • I plant and water flowers that will make people smile when they take them home.
  • Also, I get to talk to people from all over the country and send plants to them for their customers to enjoy.


What are your three favorite hobbies? 

  • Reading books
  • Going on adventures
  • Riding my motorcycle

When you’re not working, what are three things we could find you doing? 

  • Hiking in beautiful and unique places
  • Working with our local enhancement committee making our village beautiful
  • Hanging out with my dog Maggie and husband Alex, while reading a good book

Fun Facts

Do you have any unusual talents, or can you tell us something interesting about yourself that other people may be surprised to find out? 

  • I love to grow all different varieties of vegetables in my garden at home. The funny part is I don’t like vegetables. Everything I grow, I give away. I ask for feedback on the taste and that is how I help our customers choose their varieties.

One thing you can’t live without? 

  • One thing I cannot live without is my hiking backpack … without it there would be no adventures. 

What are you (un)secretly good at? 

  • Described as sarcasm mixed with a ray of sunshine, I am good at keeping our staff and customers in a happy, positive and upbeat mood. 

What are your top three bucket list items? 

  • To see the northern lights in Alaska or Iceland
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Visit all the U.S. national parks

What’s your favorite plant variety and why?

  • Lantana because it’s tough, durable, easily maintained and loves to be baked in the hot sun.
  • Its unique colors can be bold to stand out or pastel to blend in, and it thrives almost everywhere. 

You’re buying a vacation package to anywhere in the world without a budget, where are you going? 

  • My vacation package would be to New Zealand. Described as a land of great contrast and diversity, it’s every nature lover’s dream.