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Back to News Updates – May 16, 2022


James Rockwell Honored for 2022 40 Under 40

GPN (Greenhouse Product News), the leading business publication for horticulture professionals, recently named James Rockwell, Mt. Cuba’s greenhouse and nursery manager, as an honoree in its 40 Under 40 Class of 2022.

For the past four years, James has led the development and design of new production facilities  — including building a new, energy neutral greenhouse. He also oversees plant production for Mt. Cuba’s conservation partners, propagating small numbers of rare species for conservation organizations.

James Rockwell in Mt. Cuba's gardens

Class members were nominated by their industry peers, based on personal and professional accomplishments. James is one of 40 trailblazers under the age of 40 who exemplifies superior leadership, creativity, innovative thinking and compassion in and outside the horticulture field.

“With such an outstanding caliber of nominations each year, it is always an honor to recognize 40 incredible young men and women who are changing the horticulture industry,” says Stephen Kloosterman. “Members of GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 are already excelling in their careers, and we look forward to seeing how their passion will continue to shape the industry for years to come.”

This year’s multi-faceted class represents a wide spectrum of the industry: growers, breeders, garden center retailers, educators, scientists, technology developers and so much more. These young professionals are making great strides for their individual businesses and the industry as a whole.

This year’s honorees are being recognized in GPN’s May issue, at Cultivate’22 in Columbus, Ohio, and on the publication’s website —

Nomination forms for the Class of 2023 will be available in November on GPN’s website,

To learn more about GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2022, visit

GPN is a business-to-business publication published exclusively for more than 19,000 greenhouse growers and researchers in the floriculture industry.