Corporate Archivist and Cultural Advisor
Ball Horticultural Company
For 34 years, Jim Nau managed the greenhouses and gardens of the Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois. His current role is Curator of the Ball Horticultural Archives and Cultural Advisor to the Ball Horticultural Company. He is the author of two books; the Ball Culture Guide and the Ball Perennial Manual as well as the editor of the Ball RedBook – 18th Edition. He is a Past President and judge for All America Selections as well the Past President of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG). Jim is the recipient of the Perennial Plant Association’s Garden Media Award winner and has been a keynote speaker for Cultivate as well as the several other Greenhouse Conferences. In addition, Jim received the Medallion of Honor award from All America Selections for Outstanding Achievement in Horticulture. Growing and gardening are a passion with Jim. In his spare time he manages the family grain farm in Iowa. Cooking is also a passion with Jim. Besides his own cooking, he is a chili judge in the western suburbs of Chicago, tasting 16-20 chili’s at a time and evaluating cooks all over the Midwest.