Dennis Perry, Director of Nursery Operations

Dennis Perry, Director of Nursery Operations

Dennis Perry is a California native and fourth generation in a family wholesale nursery business providing vegetable starts to farms and ornamental plants to retail nurseries.  He graduated in 1977 from Cal-Poly Pomona with a BS in Biology and went to work in the avocado industry of North San Diego County.  Dennis worked in the packinghouse and in grove management, in both, San Diego County and Nipomo, San Luis Obispo County.

His first contact with Protea was in a Fruit Science class during a five-minute discussion within an alternate crops lesson. Seeds were bought with his father, Jim Perry, and research began on how to best grow them.  In 1981 Jim and Dennis began Perry’s Panorama; he’s has been commercially growing Protea since.

With Perry’s Panorama he introduced clones and hybrids from all over the world to California growers and developed many others here in the nursery and field.  Introductions include “Pink Ice” “Tango” and “Rose Mink.”  It was through trade organizations that the foundation of today’s protea industry exists.  Dennis was an active member from the beginning of the California Protea Association (CPA), is a Past President of the International Protea Association (IPA) and has served on IPA promotion and research committees.

Dennis lives in Ventura with his family and maintains a nursery in nearby Somis.  In addition to volunteering his time to Boy Scouts of America, Ventura Unified School District and Ventura Botanical Gardens, he also serves and maintains his memberships in California Farm Bureau, California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers, International Plant Propagators and University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum, along with CPA and IPA.