40 Under 40, Class of 2019

David Czarnecki



Job Title

Senior Breeder


  • David’s Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Florida examined the genetics and reproductive behavior of Lantana camara to produce new sterile cultivars.
  • Recipient of a 2018 All-America Selections award for marigold ‘Super Hero Spry’ — the first commercial series he developed while working at Benary.


When he’s not in the greenhouse, David enjoys brewing his own beer, solving puzzles of all kinds and “discussing the solutions to the world’s problems over a drink with my friends.”

Fun Facts

David’s last name is mentioned in the lyrics of the Polish national anthem. Family lore says he is related to the person, Stefan Czarniecki, a 17th century Polish nobleman, general and military commander.