PDSI selects new director of plant innovations

Plant Development Services Inc. has named Robert E. “Buddy” Lee director of plant innovations. Lee, an internationally known plant breeder and creator of the Encore Azalea, has more than 30 years of experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation and new plant development.

Lee is also president of The Azalea Society of America, past president of the Louisiana Nurseryman’s Association Region III and a member of both the International Plant Propagators Society and the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association.

In his role as director of plant innovations, Lee will oversee the new plant evaluation process at PDSI, including all plant evaluations for the new Southern Living collection, which will include innovative plants to help solve landscape problems and will be introduced to consumers in spring 2008.

“We are currently in the process of identifying various plants to fill the extensive category needs for the Southern Living collection,” said Jim Van Antwerp, executive director of PDSI, in announcing Lee’s selection. “We are pleased to have Buddy Lee on the team. He understands consumer demand for plants that solve real problems in the American landscapes.”

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