40 Under 40, Class of 2023

Laura Barth


American Floral Endowment (AFE), North Carolina State University (NCSU) and International Plant Propagators' Society (IPPS) Southern Region

Job Title

Research Coordinator, Extension Assistant and Digital Communications Director


  • Working internationally by coordinating and participating in AFE educational sessions on thrips and botrytis in Bogota and Rionegro for Colombian cut-flower growers, and by being an Extension host for a Master Gardener travel study program in Costa Rica.
  • Has pieced together several remote positions in organizations she’s passion about, where she can communicate her love of plants, horticulture and research.


An Innate Talent: Although she’s had no formal art training, Laura’s artwork has been accepted into a handful of different galleries and publications across the country.

Fun Facts

Hitting the Right Notes: Laura’s first degree is in music performance for flute: “I did win the department’s Concerto Competition, where I got to play a solo piece accompanied by the wind symphony.”