Melissa Maguire
40 Under 40, Class of 2022

Melissa Maguire


Smith Gardens

Job Title

Trials Manager


  • Joined the company as a seasonal employee and by the end of the season was promoted to trials coordinator. After one season, she was put in charge of scheduling trial material and promoted to trials manager.
  • Helped grow the department by approximately 40% from when she started and increased breeder participation in their garden event from 14 to 20 companies.


Finding Her Voice … In the Garden: Before discovering her passion for plants, Melissa studied music theory and classical voice for a year in college. “Clearly that didn’t work out, but I still love to sing, but not opera/classical music.”

Fun Facts

Get up and Go Juice: “It sounds cliché, but honestly, I could not live without coffee. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up.”

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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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Emma Lookabaugh
Melissa Maguire
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Oz Marshall
Meagan Nace
Tiffany Nohl
Chris Plane
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