40 Under 40, Class of 2015

Brian Burghardt


Rockaway Garden Center, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Job Title

Service Manager, Green Goods Buyer, Head Designer, Co-owner


Along with his brother and others, created a thriving landscape and garden center business. Partnered with a local elementary school to convert an old greenhouse into a productive growing facility for a garden center (the school’s PTA receives a percentage of the sales) where students can learn about horticulture.


Reel Life: Chris is an avid fisherman. “I don’t get out as much as I would like, but it is something I love to do with my wife and boys, or by myself on my kayak.”

Fun Facts

Favorite Vacation Spot: Marathon, Florida, in the Keys. “We stay at an old Keys resort with use of a boat. It’s just a little bit of paradise … and the fishing is great!”

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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P.O. Box 128
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