Laura Wagner is a member of GPN's 2024 Class of Forty Under 40 honorees
40 Under 40, Class of 2024

Laura Wagner


Wagner Greenhouses

Job Title

Shipping and customer service manager


What 3-4 professional and/or personal accomplishments are you most proud of?

  • Past president of Minnesota Horticulture Society
  • Earning my MBA at University of St. Thomas
  • Working alongside my brother Nik and sister Julie in our family business

What led you to work in the horticulture industry?

  • Our family business began in 1901 — my grandparents, father and uncle all worked in the business.

What’s the best thing about your job? 

  • Company environment

Describe to a 6-year-old what you do in life?

  • We plant lots of seeds and grow them into flowers for all to enjoy.


What are your favorite hobbies?

  • Reading
  • Gardening

When you’re not working, what are two to three things we could find you doing?

  • Reading
  • Hanging out on Minnesota Lakes 
  • Hanging out with Alan Armitage at the 2024 California Pack Trials

Fun Facts

Do you have any unusual talents, or can you tell us something interesting about yourself that other people may be surprised to find out?

  • I love to read and watch cozy mysteries.

One thing you can’t live without?

  • Bread

What are you (un)secretly good at?

  • Math

What are your top bucket list items?

  • Travel more
  • Buy a lake home

What’s your favorite plant variety and why?

  • Begonias. They are very versatile and come in a variety of colors and textures.

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

  • Europe