Melhem Sawaya has been in the greenhouse business for 41 years. Working with growers throughout southwestern Ontario, Mel was a grower himself before starting Focus Greenhouse Management 31 years ago. A known supporter and vocal advocate of the horticultural industry, Mel is also involved in a number of industry initiatives, such as programming for the Canadian Greenhouse Conference and Grower Day, as well as regularly contributing to Greenhouse Canada magazine. He’s also coordinated the annual Sawaya Garden Trials in Simcoe, Ont. for the past 19 years. What first began with 150 varieties, the trials now showcase over 3000, allowing growers to see how new varieties perform in the southwestern Ontario climate.