Lurie Garden Welcomes the 2021 GGN Public Horticulture Apprentice

April 13, 2021 — Millennium Park Foundation is pleased to announce that Jessica Flatley will join the staff of the Foundation as the 2021 Lurie Garden-GGN Public Horticulture Apprentice. Kathryn Deery, the Head Horticulturist of Lurie Garden said, “We are thrilled to have someone with Jessica’s passion for plants and garden design as this year’s GGN Public Horticulture Apprentice. I know she will contribute tremendously to the horticultural excellence at Lurie Garden, and take away skills and knowledge of plants and plant communities that will elevate her as an emerging leader in the field.”

Thinking about the magnitude of her role as Lurie Garden-GGN Public Horticulture Apprentice, Jessica said, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Lurie Garden-GGN horticulture apprentice this summer. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of horticultural practices and learning about the naturalistic planting style and design of such a monumental Chicago public garden.”

The Lurie Garden-GGN Public Horticulture Apprentice program is now in its fifth year. This program provides for hands-on public horticulture experience in one of the counties most visited public gardens. Donna LaPietra, the President & Chair of Millennium Park Foundation said, “Knowledgeable professional horticulturists are increasingly difficult to find. The apprentice program is a springboard for early career horticulture professionals to gain the specialized skills necessary to manage and design living public artworks such as Lurie Garden. Our greatest hope is that each of our apprentices use their time at the Garden to become the next generation of public horticulture leaders.”

Jessica is currently a Master of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism student at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). She was invited to work for three seasons as a grounds crew member at The Morton Arboretum. In 2020, Jessica was awarded the Alfred Caldwell Award in recognition of one of the top landscape architecture students at IIT.

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