Horticultural Industries Leadership Awards 2020

Gifted and admired industry leaders don’t fear change. They take calculated risks and act with purpose after intently listening to the pros and cons. Leaders foster an environment that encourages the open exchange of ideas and innovation. They speak for the industry, striving to lift up everyone, not just those in their circle. You’ll find such examples in the Horticultural Leadership Awards Class of 2020. Now in its fourth year, please join Greenhouse ManagementNursery Management and Syngenta as we congratulate six deserving honorees who continuously work toward the betterment of the green industry.

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George and Lynda Pealer

Millcreek Gardens

At Millcreek Gardens, George Pealer, along with his late wife Lynda, spent a career growing top-quality plants and trying to empower those around them to reach their potential.


Read George and Lynda's story here.


Steve Castorani

North Creek Nurseries

Steve Castorani took a balanced path to success with North Creek Nurseries.


Read Steve's story here. 


Donald Blew

Centerton Nursery


Donald Blew’s natural passion and instinctive leadership allow him to successfully continue his third-generation family legacy.


Read Donald's story here


Lyndsi Oestmann

Loma Vista Nursery

Lyndsi Oestmann delivers devoted and sincere leadership in her business and personal relationships.


Read Lyndsi's story here


Bill Zalakar

Kurt Weiss Greenhouses

By leading with facts, patience and a thorough understanding of the industry, Bill Zalakar is advocating for floriculture while training the next generation of growers on Long Island.


Read Bill's story here.


Frank Collier

Pleasant Cove Nursery

Frank Collier uses his skills to lift up his family’s Pleasant Cove Nursery and the industry as a whole.


Read Frank's story here