Sam directs the planning and creation of the major events produced by PHS including the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest flower show in the U.S. Sam is a judge for flower shows in Singapore, Japan and South Korea, and has judged the floats at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. He is an active member of the International Festivals and Events Association.
Sam's lifelong association with horticulture began with his grandfather, who owned a landscape nursery, and his father, who owned and operated a flower shop in the region. He began his career at the Walt Disney World Co. as an intern at the Land Horticulture Science Program in 1989. He received a B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Delaware in 1991 and began his full time career at Disney in June of that year, eventually becoming the Area Manager of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Managing the combined talents and energy of Disney's entire horticulture staff, Sam organized and coordinated the transformation of the award-winning gardens of Epcot into one of the most exciting flower and garden events in the country.
Expertise: Annuals, container gardening, gardens of the world, greenhouse/forcing plants, history of Philadelphia International Flower Show, perennials, propagation, pruning, succulents and cacti, tropical plants, vegetable gardening, water conservation/drought, Judge of the Rose Bowl in 2007, IFEA board member, former area manager of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.