Chicago Botanic Garden

Plant Collections — Staff

Jacob Burns, B.S.

Curator, Herbaceous Perennial PlantsPHOTO: Jacob Burns

Jacob works as the curator of herbaceous perennial plants at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where perennials, bulbs, herbaceous vines and groundcovers make up the most extensive part of the Gardens' collection. His responsibilities entail increasing the size and diversity of the collection, conducting collections-based research, and sharing information about herbaceous perennials with the public and professionals alike.

Jacob has been with the Garden since 2008 where he formerly worked as a horticulturist in the Waterfall and Dwarf Conifer Gardens and coordinated the horticulture intern program. Previously, he worked for Pawling Properties and interned at Garden in the Woods and North Carolina Botanic Garden. Jacob's passion for perennials began at an early age when he started sketching wildflowers for his local nature center and assisting botanist and Trillium expert Fredrick W. Case with his home gardening.