Jon Russell
40 Under 40, Class of 2021

Jon Russell



Job Title

Grower Manager


  • Striving for continuous improvement, he helped standardize growing operations of nursery including such things as soils, fertilization, schedules, environmental conditions and plant spacing — while balancing the art of growing with a data-driven approach.
  • Helped develop nursery’s Ericaceous plant program through a series of soil trials and crop schedule tweaking, to increase inventory turns, reduce scrap and improve overall health.


Off the Clock: In his spare time, Jon enjoys oil painting, carpentry, home improvement projects (especially remodeling and landscaping) and playing basketball.

Fun Facts

Life Lessons Learned: Jon’s father was a dairy farmer. “I joke that I got into horticulture because livestock are too frustrating to work with. I learned my work ethic by working on dairy farms. I give a lot of credit to the experiences I had and to the lessons I learned from the people I worked with.”

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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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