How Are New Plant Varieties Made?

The Beet: A Podcast For Plant Lovers

27-03-2024 • 8 mins

While propagating plants is fairly easy, developing cultivars with desired traits can take several generations. There are a lot of surprises in the process, too. Ryan McEnaney of Bailey Nurseries provides a little BTS look at the company’s focus on creating new plants.

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Ryan McEnaney is a fifth-generation family member leading marketing at Bailey Nurseries, as well as a garden designer and author. He is passionate about connecting people to nature and encouraging home gardeners to enjoy digging in the dirt. He travels the country educating homeowners on how to be successful in their growing ventures. His approach revolves around making gardening fun, breaking down barriers, and welcoming collaboration. Ryan’s first book, “Field Guide to Outside Style” helps home gardeners discover their own style for designing their outdoor space.


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