Matthew Lehmann was recognized as one of GPN's Forty Under 40 award winners in 2024.
40 Under 40, Class of 2024

Matthew Lehmann


Bailey Nurseries

Job Title

Plant health department head


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

  • Fixed irrigation control system that had over 30% non-functioning
  • Converting old irrigation control system to a new, more efficient system
  • Purchased and live in my grandparents’ house on 65 acres

What led you to work in the horticulture industry?

  • I’ve always been interested in agriculture.
  • In college, I took an introductory horticulture class and that got me started on my love for ornamental plants, especially trees.

What’s the best thing about your job? 

  • I get to do what I love, every day.

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

  • I help little plants grow up and get ready to live in their own home.


What are your favorite hobbies? 

  • Deer hunting
  • Church league dartball
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Spending time outside

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

  • Wandering around the yard or working in my shop “until next Tuesday” 
  • Going to church
  • Driving my tractor
  • Spending time with family

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?

  • My family butchers beef and hogs every year at my house.

One thing you can’t live without? 

  • Family

What are you (un)secretly good at? 

  • Pre-bed naps

What are your top three bucket list items? 

  • Visit the Giant Sequoia trees in California 
  • Visit early American historical sights out east
  • See 24 hours of daylight in Alaska

What’s your favorite plant variety and why? 

  • Liriodendron tulipifera.
  • I’ve always liked tulip bulbs, so a tree that has leaves and flowers that are the same shape is amazing to me.

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

  • I would buy hunting land instead of a vacation.