Leah Van der Heide
40 Under 40, Class of 2020

Leah Van der Heide



Job Title

Greenhouse & Nursery Sales Specialist


• Started in the industry as a grower and successfully finished her first crop — 400,000 cyclamen. “I didn’t kill them … and they looked pretty good, too!”

• Works with consultants, distributors and end users in greenhouses and nurseries to solve weed, disease, and insect pest problems. She is also bilingual. “Becoming fluent in Spanish … Handsdown that is the best and most important thing I’ve accomplished.”


Leah performs improvisational comedy. After college, she spent a month in Scotland performing daily at the International Fringe Festival.

Fun Facts

“Titanic” is Leah’s favorite movie. “It’s got everything you could ever want in a movie: love, action, suspense, historical references … and Leonardo DiCaprio!”

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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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