40 Under 40, Class of 2018

Matthew Ross


Longwood Gardens

Job Title

Director of Continuing Education


  • Oversees the development of more than 170 education programs annually in ornamental horticulture, landscape design and other professional courses for the horticulture industry.
  • Developed the Vermicomposting Lesson for Ted-Ed video which has nearly 285,000 YouTube views and has sparked discussion online and in an adapted format for schools.


Gotta Have’em! “I cannot live without my camera; it goes everywhere with me … and pizza! It would be really tough to live in a world without it.”

Fun Facts

Ross Family Lore: “There is a long running story in my family that my grandfather’s cousin was a gardener for Walt Disney. I’d love to one day confirm this.”

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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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