Ryan Watkins
40 Under 40, Class of 2020

Ryan Watkins


Brownswood Nursery

Job Title

General Manager


• As a third-generation family member, is helping advance a 42-year-old garden center to the next level, while developing a culture of “Inspiring people to grow.”

• His design/installation work has been featured on local CBS affiliate, the DIY Network and HGTV. Also was selected to join AmericanHort’s Retail Community Connector committee.


Ryan loves to fly and has his private pilot’s license.

Fun Facts

Ryan’s favorite film is “The Family Man” starring Nicolas Cage. “It really speaks to the temptation of giving everything you have to your work instead of your family. If you gain the whole world but lose your family, you lose. If you give everything you have to your family, but don’t acquire all the wealth and professional prestige, you still win.”

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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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