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Back to News Updates – May 11, 2023


Sam Hoadley Honored in 40 under 40


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Mt. Cuba Center is happy to announce that Sam Hoadley, Mt. Cuba’s manager of horticultural research has been selected as a member of the GPN (Greenhouse Product News) 40 Under 40 program for the 2023 class. In its 12th year, this program recognizes individuals as the future of the horticulture industry. According to GPN, the awardees demonstrate “superior leadership, creativity, compassion and innovative thinking”, traits which are clearly evident in Sam.

Sam is best known around Mt. Cuba for managing the Trial Garden research, and most recently releasing a very well-received and highly anticipated report on Carex. Sam started in his role at Mt. Cuba in March 2019 and since then has authored several additional research reports including Helenium, Echinacea, and Wild Hydrangea for the Mid-Atlantic Region. In addition to conducting research and planning new trials, Sam also works with the local nursery industry to help make top performing native plants accessible and available for consumers.

When not in the Trial Garden, Sam can be found spending time with his family outdoors and in his home garden.

Sam joins fellow Mt. Cuba 40 Under 40 honorees, George Coombs (class of 2019) and James Rockwell (class of 2022). Next time you see him in the Trial Garden, congratulate Sam!