Hall Of Fame Inductees
The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.
Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.
Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.
- Person with integrity and passion
- Minimum 20 years in industry
- Someone who has developed or invented new technology
- Has made contributions that resulted in change
- Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
- Provided education and encouragement with self-sacrifice
- Changed the industry
Chief Executive Officer - Monrovia Growers
Miles R. Rosedale has worked for Monrovia since 1981 and became Chief Executive Officer in 1986. He is the second generation of Rosedale’s to work at Monrovia.
Miles graduated from the Webb School of California in 1969 and received his bachelor’s degree in 1973 from Stanford University and his Juris Doctor from University of Southern California in 1977. From 1977 through 1981 he was in private practice as a corporate attorney in Southern California, specializing in taxation and oil and gas law. Miles has been a member of various professional organizations including YPO and CEO.
He has served on several non-profit boards. Miles was a member of the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles from 2001 to 2008. He currently serves on the board at the Methodist Foundation Hospital, the Canyon City Foundation and the Webb Schools.
Miles’s father, Harry E. Rosedale, founded Monrovia in 1926. He started his nursery on ten acres of land in Monrovia, California, and named his business after the town. Rosedale was a visionary in the nursery field. He played a pivotal role in developing the practice of growing plants in containers, thus avoiding the stress involved in uprooting a plant for sale.
Privately owned Monrovia Nursery Company is one of the leading nurseries in the United States, supplying more than 5,000 garden centers with approximately 22 million plants in over 2,000 varieties. Monrovia operates nurseries in Dayton, Oregon; Visalia, California; La Grange, North Carolina; and Cairo, Georgia. All told, Monrovia's operations cover more than 4,700 acres. Since the mid-1950s Monrovia has maintained its headquarters in Azusa, California, close to Los Angeles, where most of its growing operations were once conducted. Since 2004, however, Monrovia has transferred most of the work to its largest operation in Visalia.
Throughout its history, Monrovia has pioneered many new technologies and new plant introductions. Many of Monrovia's premium plants are improvements over existing cultivars and chosen specifically to meet the demands of consumers. It is known as one of the most eco-friendly growers and constantly strives to improve its green practices.