Kurt Ryan

Horticultural Specialist

Office: Room No. 221B
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

Phone: 252-475-5417
Email: ryanku21@ecu.edu


Kurt is originally from southern Queensland Australia and has been living in the US for the last 10 years with most of that time being here in Eastern North Carolina with his wife. In 2015, he began his journey in the horticulture world, working at a container production and retail plant nursery in Greenville, NC where he served as head greenhouse grower and logistics manager.

When not at work, Kurt enjoys working in his gardens at home with a focus on pollinator-friendly plants. Outside of plants and horticulture, he enjoy all things fishing- surf, kayak, sound, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Kurt has found it to be a fun and interesting transition from land-based game fishing in Australia to fishing the various waterways of Eastern NC.

Certifications & Credentials

(AAS) Horticultural Science Management: Ornamentals and Landscape Technology, 2020  NCSU- AG Institute

NCNLA Certified Plant Professional, 2017

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