Lurie Garden Welcomes New Head Horticulturist

March 22, 2021 — Millennium Park Foundation is pleased to announce that Kathryn Deery will join the staff of the Foundation as the new Head Horticulturist of the Lurie Garden. Donna LaPietra, the President & Chair of the Foundation said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have someone of Kathryn’s caliber joining us as the head of the Lurie Garden. She is a seasoned horticulturalist, a consummate professional, and a natural leader. She clearly understands the mission of the Garden. She is a strong communicator. She has terrific experience managing staff and volunteers in a garden. I am confident that Kathryn will be a wonderful steward of the Lurie Garden and will continue to enhance the Garden and all its activities.”

Kathryn has worked at the Chicago Botanic Garden since 2013 in a variety of leadership roles, including collaborations with respected design firms Oehme, van Sweden and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Prior to joining the CBG, she worked at the Golden Gate Conservancy in San Francisco. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in environmental sciences with a concentration in plant ecology.

The design and construction of the Lurie Garden was underwritten by the Millennium Park Foundation (MPF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1998 as an organization dedicated to the stewardship of Millennium Park. MPF has the principal horticultural responsibility for the Garden and this work is supported by a $10 million endowment established by the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation.

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