40 Under 40, Class of 2019

James Youngers


Wallace's Garden Center

Job Title

Head Grower


  • Responsible for all aspects of maintaining two shrub houses, seven perennial houses and approximately 50,000 square feet of annual production space.
  • Also responsible for a 2-acre apple orchard (600 trees) and maintains his own beehives on the property. He researched and created a pruning and spray program that keeps the orchard in top condition.


James rode his bicycle across the state of Iowa. In addition to cycling, other hobbies include trail running and beekeeping.

Fun Facts

“My favorite book is ‘Born to Run’ by Christopher McDougall. I read it every spring to give me motivation after a long, cold Iowa winter.”

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