Emily Wildt is a member of GPN's 2024 Class of Forty Under 40 honorees
40 Under 40, Class of 2024

Emily Wildt


Raker-Roberta's Young Plants

Job Title

Sales representative and trial garden director


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

  • Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in horticulture at Michigan State University
  • Helping Raker-Roberta’s launch a successful specialty cut flower program
  • Being named Trial Garden Director in 2023 and launching the most expansive cut flower trial gardens in the Midwest
  • Serving on multiple school agriculture advisory boards that allow students to be certified in horticulture
  • Being a member of the Greenhouse Grower Advisory Board

What led you to work in the horticulture industry? 

  • I grew up on a dairy farm and loved agriculture, but working in a greenhouse was much more appealing than a milking parlor.
  • I applied for a job at Raker in the early 2000s and fell in love with the culture.

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 sell baby plants to people who make them big and strong.


What are your favorite hobbies? 

  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Snowboarding

When you’re not working, what are 2-3 things we could find you doing? 

  • Trying out new breweries in Michigan
  • Kayaking in the summer
  • Snowboarding in the winter

Fun Facts

Tell us something interesting about yourself that other people may be surprised to find out.

  • I played collegiate division III soccer for two years.

One thing you can’t live without? 

  • Craft beer

What are you (un)secretly good at? 

  • Putt putt golf

What are your top three bucket list items? 

  • Travel to Greece
  • Own a lake house
  • Vice president of Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants

What’s your favorite plant variety and why? 

  • You don’t ask a horticulturist this question — we have lots of favorite plants.

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

  • Western Europe. I would love to visit Spain, Italy and Greece.