Andrew Bunting serves as the Chicago Botanic Garden’s assistant director and director of plant collections. He directs the content and curation of the Garden’s permanent plant collection including plant acquisition and collecting, accessioning, mapping, and labeling. He serves as a resource for the horticulture, education, and marketing and development staff, and assists the director of the Garden with special projects.
Bunting is an expert in woody plants and is active in the American Public Gardens Association. He has lectured throughout the country and abroad at sites including Arboretum Wespelaar, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Longwood Gardens, New York Botanical Garden, Philadelphia Flower Show, Smithsonian Institution, Yorkshire Arboretum, numerous professional societies, and has appeared on the Martha Stewart Living Show. He has published many articles in publications such as the Holly Society Journal, American Nurseryman, The Public Garden, the New Zealand Gardener, Green Scene, and Journal of the International Oak Society. He has received the American Public Gardens Association Professional Citation, the Chanticleer Scholarship in Professional Development, the Marion Marsh Award, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Certificate of Merit, and the Rotary Club of Swarthmore Volunteer of the Year Award.
Bunting was the curator at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania for 25 years. He also owned a landscape design and construction business called Fine Garden Creations, Inc. Originally from Illinois, Bunting received his bachelor of science degree in plant and soil science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and was an intern at the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1984. He served as chair of the Philadelphia Flower Show nomenclature committee, president of the Swarthmore Horticulture Society, and on the Delaware Center for Horticulture Rare Plant Auction Plant selection committee, the North American Plant Collections Consortium (past chair), Swarthmore Borough Street Tree Committee, and the Tyler Arboretum Collections Committee, and is past president of the Magnolia Society International.