Bailey Nurseries Hires GM/Breeder for PII
Bailey Nurseries has hired David Roberts as the general manager and breeder for Plant Introductions, Inc.
Roberts will manage day-to-day operations, lead breeding direction and coordinate breeding objectives for the company with Bailey Nurseries management and PII consultants Dr. Michael Dirr, Mark Griffith and Jeff Beasley.
Roberts will be based at the Watkinsville, Ga. facility, which was acquired by Bailey Nurseries in 2015.
Roberts has a masters degree from North Carolina State University in Horticultural Science with a concentration in Ornamental Plant Breeding.
Over the last several years he has worked as a graduate student with Dr. Dennis Werner and Dr. Tom Ranney where he developed a passion for ornamental plant breeding and propagation.
Roberts work at PII will be focused on producing cultivars through r esearch, genetic improvement and innovative hybridization in accordance with the plant breeding strategies set forth by the Bailey Nurseries/PII ownership and Plant Development team.