Peter Slothower

GGN Public Garden Apprentice and Assistant Horticulturist

Peter Slothower joined the Lurie Garden in April 2018 as a GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) Public Garden Apprentice. He is passionate about promoting healthy plant communities in urban environments and public spaces. He comes to us with a background in native plants and municipal parks, having worked at native plant nurseries and landscaping companies, as well as caring for natural areas with park districts in Illinois and Indiana. He first discovered Lurie Garden through reading about the garden’s design philosophy of using dynamic, living systems that allow plants to grow and compete over time, creating an interwoven and evolving community of plants.

Peter received a dual bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Architectural Studies from Ithaca College, where he began his formal exploration of human interactions with built and natural places. He grew up hiking in the woods of Central New York, where he first began learning about native plants and animals and the threats they face. Peter has thrived as a garden steward, helping document and guide the evolution of the plantings through the GGN Public Garden Apprentice position at Lurie Garden.

Besides his hands-on work caring for the garden, Peter has helped us to better track and share information about the plants in our garden. For more information about the mapping and records-keeping systems he has helped to develop, read his blog post here.

The Public Garden Apprentice position is made possible in partnership with Lurie Garden’s landscape architecture firm, GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) to further the education about public gardens, maintenance and their role in communities.