Jane Beggs-Joles began her horticultural career at River Farm, headquarters of the American Horticultural Society, where she worked as a gardener and intern for two warm, humid northern Virginia summers. Despite the charms of that Potomac estate, she felt called to migrate to a cooler climate, and so moved to Michigan to earn her B.S. in horticulture from Michigan State University. After working in Extension laboratories during her undergraduate degree Jane decided to learn how to sell the plants she had trained to grow, and undertook an M.S. degree in agricultural economics. Armed with a thesis about consumer preferences for fresh market apples, she went to work for Zelenka Nursery. After three years of selling heavy, field-dug evergreens, Jane made the back-saving decision to work for Spring Meadow Nursery.
In her sixteen years at Spring Meadow, Jane has had the good fortune to help introduce hundreds of exciting new plants to the horticulture industry. As the northern-most hydrangea breeder in North America, Spring Meadow Nursery is at the forefront of horticultural innovation. “I learn something new every day. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that our work makes better gardens possible for everyone (including non-gardeners).” Jane’s current position enables her to enjoy two of her passions: excellent plants and well-organized spreadsheets. She firmly believes that there is a botanical answer to any landscape situation, and strives to make it easy for people to choose the right plant in the right place.