Director and Head Horticulturist
Laura joined Lurie Garden in February of 2011 as a horticulturist working to maintain the integrity of Piet Oudolf’s perennial plant design. She came from Chicago Botanic Garden where she tended to perennials grown under research evaluation.
After attending the public opening of Millennium Park in 2004, she became a regular visitor to the garden. Watching the garden grow from little gallon sized plants into a rangy tapestry of color and texture has been a delight. Piet’s vision for planting design as presented in his books, visits to the garden, and his very active Instagram account, is a regular source of inspiration. In the beginning of 2017 Laura became the director of Lurie Garden.
Laura enjoys stalking insects, birds, and other creatures that make the garden their home and finds any sort of faunal association with plants to be most intriguing. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and she studied horticulture at Harold Washington City College of Chicago.
She enjoys helping out with community gardens throughout the city, and hiking the Indiana Dunes and marshes and wild areas in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. She is currently trying to learn to identify the various birds that migrate through Chicago along the Mississippi Flyway and is always tracking down veteran birders to double-check her sightings.
Office hours: Full Time