Experience Bloom with a View

at a whole different level!


Register for these classes and talks inspired by Bloom with a View, offered through the Arboretum’s Adult and Continuing Education Programs.

Pathways to New Plant Introductions

Instructor: David Roberts

ONSITE – Education Center Classroom

Thursday, May 9, 1:30 – 3 p.m.


Learn about the journey through the colorful world of plant breeding from David Roberts, the Director of Plant Breeding at Bailey Innovations™. (Fun fact: David’s journey in horticulture started at the North Carolina Arboretum! He interned and later worked as a bonsai assistant with the Arboretum’s Bonsai Curator, Arthur Joura.) From the earliest stages of breeding and trialing to bringing plants to market, David will provide an insider’s look at the pathway to introducing new hydrangea varieties in the First Editions® Shrubs & Trees and Endless Summer® Hydrangeas collections. You won’t want to miss learning about the pathway to introduction for the new First Editions® Eclipse® Bigleaf Hydrangea, one of the hydrangeas featured in the Bloom With a View displays! David made the initial cross, and he and his team worked on selecting, testing, trialing, and eventually introducing Eclipse®, the first true dark-leaf mophead hydrangea with dark leaves that stay dark season after season. 

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David Roberts acquired his master’s degree in horticultural science from North Carolina State University (Dec 2015) with a concentration in ornamental plant breeding. David worked as a graduate student for Dr. Dennis Werner and Dr. Tom Ranney, where he developed a passion for plant breeding and propagation. Bailey Nurseries, Inc. hired David in 2015 to act as the general manager and head plant breeder for Bailey Innovations™.  David currently serves as the Director of Plant Breeding for Bailey Innovations where he leads breeding direction and coordinates plant trials from their nursery located in Winterville, GA.