J. Berry Nursery hires new division manager, assistant grower

J. Berry Nursery hires new division manager, assistant grower

Dr. Judson LeCompte joins the company as young plants division manager, while Jonathan Scott joins as new assistant grower.

May 2018 - Grand Saline, Texas — J Berry Nursery announces the addition of Dr. Judson LeCompte to oversee the Young Plants Division. Judson earned his PhD from Mississippi State and his Master’s from Auburn University, researching tea Camellia production in the southern United States and green roof species irrigation practices respectively. He will work hand-in-hand with Jim Berry to oversee new plant research and development along with the trial gardens.

Judson says, “It is very exciting to join the dynamic team at J. Berry Nursery. Since it’s founding, J. Berry Nursery has been an influential player by offering some of the most innovative plants in the industry and it is an honor to be able to continue my career here. Because research and new product development are a priority, the sky is the limit and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it.”

Jonathan Scott arrives at J. Berry Nursery from Rockwell Farms. He serves as the new assistant grower, ensuring that every plant that leaves J. Berry Nursery will delight and inspire gardeners.

“I love the idea of creating something new. At one time I wanted to work with plant genes, and by working with J. Berry, I get to help with the end results of new plant genetics,” Scott says. “We work with many different breeders to bring the world new plants that everyone can enjoy.”  Jonathan looks forward to his first full season, saying, “Our plants have just woken up from their winter nap and are quickly coming to size.”

Co-owner and Founder Jim Berry welcomes both new hires, and looks forward to the expansion of experience and perspectives they bring. “Our team is becoming quite diverse, with different ages, experiences, and backgrounds across the board," he says. "That helps us serve our customers better, because our customer base is also diverse, in geography, location, history, and interests. Because our end goal is to produce plants that delight our customers, adding Judson and Jonathan to our team helps us deliver on our promise.”