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Andrea Melnychenko


Account manager at Cool Planet
Andrea is a plant biologist who has been working in horticulture in the Portland, Oregon area for the last 18 years. As an account manager for the Turf, Nursery and Ornamental divisions of Cool Planet on the West Coast, Andrea’s work focuses on exploring new markets and innovative applications with a broad range of users in the green industry. Andrea’s love of ornamental plants and her experience working at local garden centers such as Dennis’ 7 Dees and the former Tualatin River Nursery informs her current work with soil blenders, landscape architects, installers and growers. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in plant physiology from Portland State University, where her research focused on urban greening and plant/atmosphere interactions. Her studies had particular emphasis on bamboos, made possible through a partnership with Bamboo Garden Nursery. Andrea’s work with Cool Planet makes use of her academic knowledge and horticultural expertise to introduce ways that new technologies such as biochar can improve plant quality and performance in both nurseries and cities.

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