Cheryl Bennerup

Few people of our acquaintance have as much exposure as Cheryl Bennerup does to so many plants -- old, new and being trialed. We're very glad to have her eyes on our Forum and her reports about the wide world of plant development and production. 

Cheryl Bennerup from
Sunny Border Nurseries

in Connecticut has roots in Michigan but experience that's intercontinental. As a young woman, Cheryl purchased a roadside market and a house with two greenhouses in Milford, Michigan and began growing plants to sell at her market. She found she loved to talk to her customers and help them with their designs almost as much as she loved growing the plants. Before long she was growing perennials for landscapers, designers, and nurseries such as Bordines. To her passion she added a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Michigan State University and took masters courses in the Netherlands. 

Currently Cheryl oversees the trial garden and is head of pest management at Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut, one of the country's largest perennial growers. Lately she's been starting the vegetables for this season's installment of one of the nursery's fastest growing lines-- vegetables in large containers, ready to sit on a patio and begin producing beans, peas, tomatoes... It made us hungry just to talk to her about what she's starting!