Lee Harding is a member of GPN's 2024 Class of Forty Under 40 honorees
40 Under 40, Class of 2024

Lee Harding


Syngenta Flowers

Job Title

Research and process improvement manager


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

  • Leading the development and implementation of solutions to improve product quality and operational efficiency within the production supply chain 
  • Conducting new product testing and production cost analysis to support commercialization
  • Cultivating continuous improvement culture and applying change management strategies to empower teams to create, collaborate and innovate

What led you to work in the horticulture industry? 

  • To grow a crop from start to finish knowing that the final product will bring joy to others in the form of a gift, hobby or beautiful landscape is what I love most about working in horticulture.

What’s the best thing about your job? 

  • Co-workers

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

  • If it works, find out how to break it. And if it doesn’t work, find out how to fix it.


What are your favorite hobbies? 

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • The beach
  • Gardening

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

  • Sipping coffee on the patio
  • Relaxing at the beach

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 rode every roller coaster there is in Florida!

One thing you can’t live without? 

  • Imagination

What are you (un)secretly good at? 

  • Planning ahead

What are your top three bucket list items? 

  • Northern lights
  • NYE in London
  • See the first manned mission to Mars

What’s your favorite plant variety and why? 

  • Garden mums for their perfect globe shape and because when they appear you’ll know that pleasant fall weather and the holiday season are ahead!

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

  • New Zealand