40 Under 40, Class of 2017

Drew Koschmann


Walters Gardens

Job Title

Head Grower


  • Responsible for managing young perennial liner growing in 12 acres of greenhouses and more than 1,000 varieties of perennials in various liner sizes.
  • Uses his creativity to develop new protocols and processes to grow over 100 new varieties that the company introduces every year.


Great Dogs: Drew is fascinated by the Great Lakes, and has even given his dogs Great Lakes-inspired names — Fitz, as in Edmund Fitzgerald and Huron, as in Lake Huron.

Fun Facts

In the DVD Player: His favorite movie is “Garden State” for its “quirky characters and amazing soundtrack.”

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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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