John Elsley

 

John EJohn Elsleylsley has an extensive formal education in the United Kingdom encompassing the practical and theoretical aspects of Botany plus the commercial and ornamental spheres of Horticulture. John built on this education in non-profit and profit-oriented areas of Botany and both ornamental and commercial Horticulture. Through his management experience in retail and direct marketing environments, John has a wide range of experiences including strategic planning, policy and procedure development, budgeting, vendor selection, product specification and selection, purchasing and inventory control, sales, marketing, and quality assurance. Educated in England atSyringa Tiny Dancer™

Educated in England at the University of Leicester, Essex Institute of Agriculture and the famed Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, John holds a Bachelor of Science (with Honors) in Botany and a college diploma in Horticulture. While at the Royal Botanic Garden, he was the winner of the Royal Caledonian Horticulture Society’s Essay competition and the C.P. Raffel prize for the best lecture to the Student’s Debating Society. His professional career encompasses being a Botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden, Curator of Hardy Plants for the Missouri Botanic Garden, various senior management positions with the Geo. Park Seed Co., Director of Horticulture for Klehm Companies and most recently a consultant to Gardens Alive Group and Wayside Gardens. In his free time, John enjoys gardening with his wife Billie, photography of plants and gardens and a new found interest in golf. He possesses an extensive botanical/horticulture library with many rare classical volumes. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Greenwood SC Beautification committee, member of the Herbaceous Ornamental Crop

In his free time, John enjoys gardening with his wife Billie, photography of plants and gardens and a new found interest in golf. He possesses an extensive botanical/horticulture library with many rare classical volumes. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Greenwood SC Beautification committee, member of the Herbaceous Ornamental Crop Germplasm Committee.

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Cornus Empress of China®

We are very lucky to be working with John on the introduction of some very useful garden plants. An evergreen dogwood; Cornus angustata Empress of China® and a lilac that blooms in the south and has regular sized, super fragrant flowers; Syringa vulgaris Tiny Dancer™.

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