Ryan, an Ohio native, completed his undergraduate degree at Ohio University in Environmental and Plant Biology in the spring of 2015. During that time he had worked as a greenhouse assistant and public liaison as well as completing a horticulture internship at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest south of Louisville, KY. Since graduation he has further expanded upon his knowledge and skillset by finishing a year- long greenhouse production internship at Longwood Gardens, and a brief taste of the nursery production world from North Creek Nurseries. For the past two years he has been a greenhouse assistant at Mt. Cuba Center focusing on propagation under the guidance of Shelby French.