Brandon Roberts is a member of GPN's 2024 Class of Forty Under 40 honorees
40 Under 40, Class of 2024

Brandon Roberts


Wallace's Garden Center

Job Title

Operations manager


What professional and/or personal accomplishments are you most proud of?

  • Learning to grow, finding the ability to create good will
  • Developing a desire to maintain culture

What led you to work in the horticulture industry? 

  • My father was a farmer, so I always had a love for the outdoors.
  • I was introduced to horticulture through my high school’s many agriculture programs — a good friend of mine had a family orchard that we would frequent.

What’s the best thing about your job? 

  • Problem solving

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

  • I drive tractors and try to keep people happy.


What are your favorite hobbies? 

  • Record collecting
  • Gardening

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

  • Cooking
  • Home improvements
  • Video games

Fun Facts

Can you tell us something interesting about yourself that other people may be surprised to find out? 

  • I once swam across the Mississippi River.

One thing you can’t live without? 

  • Music

What are you (un)secretly good at? 

  • Foosball

What are your top three bucket list items? 

  • Raise a successful child
  • Finish the greenhouse expansion
  • Pay off debt

What’s your favorite plant variety? 

  • Espresso Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus ‘Espresso’).
  • Everyone should know what it is, nothing looks like it — it’s like a stick.

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

  • Anywhere with family