Continuing education instructors are a special breed! They are enthusiastic about their subject matter, bring real-world expertise to the classroom, understand the needs of adult learners, and enjoy the interaction between student and instructor.
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Award-winning freelance photographer and photography instructor specializing in Photoshop editing techniques.
Ornithologist and member of the Chicago Audubon Society. Currently serves on its board of directors and as chairman of the research committee. Conducts seasonal bird-watching walk and talks at the Garden.
Mosaic artist and jewelry designer. B.F.A. and member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists. Award-winning artist whose style is nostalgic, eclectic, and whimsical. She shares her enthusiasm by teaching pique assiette (broken china) mosaics and rejuvenated jewelry classes at the Garden.
Mosaic and ceramic artist and teacher. B.A. in printmaking from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, and M.A. in printmaking and art history from Dominican University in Florence, Italy.
Steven D. Bailey
Research biologist-ornithologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, where he studies avian communities throughout Illinois and collects data for the Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP). Co-author of Birds of Illinois, and associate editor of Meadowlark, the quarterly journal of the Illinois Ornithological Society. He is an authority on owls and gives owl presentations locally at the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve and elsewhere throughout the state.
Curator of bonsai at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where he maintains a diverse collection of approximately 175 bonsai trees of different species and styles.
Manager of horticultural services, Chicago Botanic Garden. B.S. in ornamental horticulture and agronomy from the University of Arizona.
Douglas Beasley is an acclaimed photographer and guest instructor, and author of Earth Meets Spirit and other photography anthologies. He is founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, and owner and publisher of Shots Magazine, a quarterly, black-and-white, fine arts printed magazine, now in its 31st year of publication.
Registered landscape architect, ASLA, garden designer, plantsman, and lecturer. Editor of Sunset's Midwestern Landscaping.
Principal, Bondy Studio. Architectural illustrator and charrette drawing specialist.
Owner, the Chicago Weaving School.
Owner of Barnswallow, a Wild Bird Concern, dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wild birds as well as providing education to the public.
Linda Oyama Bryan
Photographer and lecturer specializing in garden landscapes and architecture. Has toured and photographed many world-famous gardens.
Landscape designer and owner, the Spirited Gardener, Inc.
David S. Cantwell
Assistant horticulturist, berm and wall gardens, Chicago Botanic Garden. M.S., Roosevelt University, Chicago.
Certified professional photographer specializing in natural scenic images. Freelance photographer and board member of the Chicago Professional Photographers Association.
Chicago Botanic Garden staff photographer since 2006. B.F.A. in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, and pursuing an M.F.A. at Columbia College, Chicago.
ASLA, landscape architect, and president, Design for Generations, LLC. Specializes in creating therapeutic exterior environments for senior residential communities and healthcare facilities.
Horticulture program specialist in visitor programs, Chicago Botanic Garden, specializing in containers, troughs, wreaths, herbs, and other botanical arts and crafts.
Professional artist and painter for 26 years specializing in the plein-air painting technique.
Sheryl De Vore
Reporter for the Chicago Tribune and author of three books about birds. Has given presentations throughout the Midwest on birds and is the chief editor for Meadowlark, published by the Illinois Ornithological Society. Her nature and environment stories have won numerous regional and national awards.
Co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm, established in 1991, specializing in perennials, native plants, ornamental grasses, landscape design and installation. Has propagated more than 140 prairie species. Worked on the installation of the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park.
Marlene Hill Donnelly
Scientific illustrator in the geology department at the Field Museum. Degrees in zoology and art. Co-author of Painting Wildlife in Watercolor.
Artist and educator specializing in artists' sketchbooks and techniques. M.A. in interdisciplinary arts. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Her work includes botanical and other natural science subjects in pencil, watercolor, etching, and engraving.
Horticulture educator, Urban Plantsman LLC. Degree in horticulture from Michigan State University and degree in English literature from the University of Michigan. Certified arborist with active memberships in many Illinois landscape/horticulture organizations.
Weaver and colorist focusing on natural dyes. M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and certificate of excellence in dyeing from the Weavers Guild of America. Editor and publisher of The Turkey Red Journal, a publication dedicated to natural dyes and natural dyeing methods and projects.
Photographer and author of three books. Currently working on a multiyear project of photographically documenting the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve.
Plant healthcare specialist, Chicago Botanic Garden. Associate's degree from Joliet Junior College in horticulture (turf management) and an associate's degree from Kankakee Community College in agricultural business.
Award-winning sculptor and guest instructor. Served as sculptor-in-residence of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Shelley Galloway is a freelance floral designer. She has been a member of the Kenilworth Garden Club since 1993, has served as Floral Design Chair, and is a past President of the club. She is in the Garden Club of America Judging Program in Photography and received a Certificate of Merit in the Fine Arts Photography program at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Shelley has been a practitioner of Sogetsu Ikebana since 2001 and holds a Fourth Level Teaching Certificate. She recently completed serving as President of the Chicago Chapter of Ikebana International.
Mary Kay Gill
Mary Kay Gill, professionally trained culinary instructor, has had a lifelong interest in cooking, which motivated her to earn a professional cookery certificate in 2008 from Kendall College. She was the director and culinary instructor for the Thyme in the Kitchen program at Sunset Foods for five years.
Consulting biologist, X-Bar Diagnostics Systems, Inc. B.S. in molecular and cell biology and an M.S. in genetics, both from the University of Connecticut. Research interests include the genetics and development of model species, as well as demographic and genetic analyses of rare plant populations in Illinois.
Horticulturist and agronomist. B.S. in agronomy from the University of Illinois. Associate's degrees in horticultural science and parks and grounds management from Harper College. Certified ISA arborist.
Certified personal trainer and president, SALSArobics, Inc.
Retired artist and naturalist for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Illinois. Has taught scientific illustration since 1977. B.S. in zoology, University of Oklahoma, and M.A. in geography and environmental studies, Northeastern Illinois University. Accomplishments include writing the bird-illustration chapter in the GNSI Handbook of Scientific Illustration, and acting as GNSI historian since 1995.
Natural perfumer and interdisciplinary artist. Owner of J. Hannah Co., specializing in creating unique scents custom blended from natural materials. She also conducts group workshops about natural botanic oils, plant origin and distillation, and how to create a uniquely personal signature scent.
Plant evaluation manager, Chicago Botanic Garden. Horticultural degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Author of Plant Evaluation Notes, columnist for Chicagoland Gardening magazine, and recipient of the Perennial Plant Association's 2005 Academic Award for teaching excellence.
Manager, plant information service, Chicago Botanic Garden.
Horticulturist, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden.
Artist. Studied the tools and techniques of the ancient art of Asian watercolor painting (sumi-e in Japanese) with master Chinese brush painters, Jean Shen, Ning Yeh, and I-Hsiung Ju. A member of the New Hampshire Art Association, his works are exhibited in juried shows throughout the United States.
Senior director of horticulture, Chicago Botanic Garden. B.A. in horticulture from the University of Nebraska.
Painting instructor and two-time recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Artist's Fellowship Award. Specializes in the ketubah, a richly painted, hand-lettered document used at Jewish weddings. B.S. in art from the University of Wisconsin.
Heidi Joynt started her career in sustainable vegetable production before taking interest in the practices of the cut flower industry, and worked at the Chicago Botanic Garden for five years before starting Field & Florist in 2012. She and her business partner Molly Kobelt have a cut flower farm in southwest Michigan, growing blooms for the Chicagoland area. They offer full service wedding and event floral, creating seasonal arrangements that reflect the elegance of the wild.
Landscape designer, Kim Kaulas Inc., and board member of Landscape Design Association. Specializes in rejuvenating small urban spaces and shade gardens.
Owner, Reveal Design LLC. Degree in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois and post-graduate studies in Oxford, England. Has traveled extensively throughout Europe visiting notable gardens. Applies his appreciation of garden architecture to his classic and modern residential designs.
CPSA. Freelance artist specializing in basic botanical drawing and watercolor painting techniques.
Director of restoration ecology and specialist in aquatic plant and urban lake studies, Chicago Botanic Garden. B.S. from the University of Illinois. More than 30 years of experience in lake and stream management, as well as development of public policy relating to water resource protection.
Fine art photographer specializing in creative photographic techniques used to produce abstract nature photographs.
Horticulturist and garden writer whose articles and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicagoland Gardening, Old-House Journal, and other magazines. Degrees in education and environmental science.
Project manager and senior estimator, Scott Byron and Co. Extensive experience in construction and project management and landscape design for residential, commercial, and resort landscape development.
Principal, Timothy Lally Design, a landscape architectural firm, ASLA, RLA. More than 20 years of experience designing corporate, commercial, and residential landscapes. B.L.A. from Iowa State University.
Botanical artist and instructor. Studied at the University of Texas at Austin and the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Member of the Reed-Turner artist circle, the American Society of Botanical Artists, and the Colored Pencil Society of America.
Professional landscape architect, RLA, G Studio. Specializes in using SketchUp to develop 3D models.
Valerie Gerdes Lemme
Registered landscape architect, ASLA. Chicago Botanic Garden instructor for more than 12 years and a private-practice residential designer. B.L.A. from Iowa State University. M.L.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Custom container specialist at Chalet Nursery and Garden Shop and owner of a small residential design business. Master Gardener and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden plant healthcare.
Owner/operator of Esther's Place Fiber Arts Studio in Big Rock, Illinois. Natasha shares her love of fiber arts with students at the Garden and inspires them to create seasonal crafts made from natural wool felt fabric and colorful dyed yarns spun from the wool of her flock of Cheviot sheep and other local Illinois flocks.
Assistant horticulturist for the Lakeside Gardens and horticulture intern coordinator at the Chicago Botanic Garden. B.S. in plant and soil science from Southern Illinois University.
Popular tai chi instructor on Chicago's North Shore, teaching both Yang-style and Sun-style of tai chi chuan at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Certified instructor of Tai Chi for Arthritis, a program supported by the Arthritis Foundation of Australia and Arthritis Care of the U.K., and adapted by the U.S. Arthritis Foundation.
Charles and Karen Lorence
Husband-and-wife team have presented many local seminars and classes in beekeeping and the importance of honeybees. Worked as a state apiary inspector for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Elected as a director for the American Beekeeping Federation and was awarded the first "Beekeeper of the Year" in Illinois in 2003.
Director of Allen Centennial Gardens, the botanical garden for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Owner of Spellbound Garden Writing & Consultation, writing for professional and public audiences. Lectures and teaches extensively in the upper Midwest.
Art instructor and author. Served as artist-in-residence at the Field Museum and as adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Professional gardener, author (Designing Your Gardens and Landscape; Caring for Perennials), educator (founder, Michigan School of Gardening), and columnist (The Michigan Gardener, Fine Gardening, GardenAtoZ.com).
Cathy Jean Maloney
Garden historian, author and guest lecturer; author of Chicago and Its Botanic Garden: The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125.
Certified healing foods specialist and holistic health coach, M.Ed., H.H.C. Specializes in digestive health, fermented foods, real food, essential oils, and detoxing the home.
Clare Cooper Marcus
Professor emerita, University of California, and principal of Healing Landscapes in Berkeley, California. Co-editor of Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations. Writes frequently for Landscape Architecture magazine.
Jodi Z. Mariano
RLA, senior associate at Teska Associates, Inc. B.F.A. from the School of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.F.A. from the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago. Member of the American Society of Landscape Architect. Experience in urban planning, landscape architecture, and architectural design.
Artist, nationally and internationally renowned for his on-location drawings and paintings. Director of Ceramic Tile Murals and artist-developer of a series of hand-colored silkscreens.
Maggie Meiners is an artist and photographer whose work investigates connections between herself, others, and the world at large. Born and raised outside of Chicago, she holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a master's degree in education from DePaul University in Chicago.
Garden designer and guest lecturer specializing in time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants, and sustainable practices.
Grounds supervisor, Chicago Botanic Garden. Plant care and garden maintenance expert.
Certified landscape technician, licensed commercial pesticide operator, and landscape construction foreman with several years of horticulture and landscape experience.
Residential maintenance and project coordinator, Rosborough Partners, Inc. More than 16 years of horticulture and landscape experience. Certified landscape technician and licensed commercial pesticide operator.
Senior construction foreman, Rosborough Partners, Inc. More than 25 years of horticulture and landscape experience. Certified landscape technician, licensed commercial pesticide operator, and member of Rosborough's safety and training committee.
Construction foreman, Rosborough Partners, Inc. More than 25 years of horticulture and landscape installation experience.
Master Gardener, environmental scientist, horticulture educator and "greening." Writes articles for MyOrganicGardeningBlog, Moss In The City, and William's Web. Has appeared on television as host of HGTV's Dig In and as a CBS Early Show greening correspondent, and as a QVC gardening guest.
Ph.D., chief scientist and Negaunee Foundation vice president of science at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Internationally known mycologist and former curator of fungi at the Field Museum for more than 23 years. Co-author of Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States.
Artist and art instructor. Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and international and regional art exhibitor.
Owner of Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting, specializing in successful and responsible raising of backyard chickens.
Founder of Northwest Yoga and instructor for the yoga and meditation programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Inspiring teacher and health advocate and popular conference presenter on yoga, meditation, and health and wellness.
Founder of Northwest Yoga and instructor for the yoga and meditation programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Inspiring teacher and health advocate and popular conference presenter on yoga, meditation, and health and wellness.
RLA, ASLA. Founder and partner of Living Habitats, a firm offering landscape architecture, ecological restoration, and fine art.
Senior horticulturist, Education Greenhouses, Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 30 years of wholesale and retail green industry experience. Horticulture degree from Danville Community College in commercial floriculture.
Horticulture educator specializing in growing orchids indoors. M.S in plant biology and conservation from Northwestern University.
Chief culinary officer, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, based in Waukegan, Illinois.
Emily Paster is the author of two cookbooks, 2016’s Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving and the upcoming The Joys of Jewish Preserving. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School, Emily redirected her career from law to food after the birth of her second child. She is the writer and photographer behind westoftheloop.com, which has been called “a family food blog to savor.” As the founder of the Chicago Food Swap, a community event where handmade foods are bartered and exchanged, Emily is a leader in the national food swap movement. Emily teaches and speaks throughout the country on garden-to-table cooking, canning, and fermentation.
Artist and botanist. Doctorate in botany from the University Of Vigo, Spain.
Horticulture educator and previously extension educator in crop systems, University of Illinois Extension. B.S. in agronomy with an emphasis on soil fertility from the University of Illinois. M.S. from Iowa State University in soil management. Member of the Soil Science Society of America, the International Soil Science Society, and the American Society of Agronomy.
ASLA. Professor emeritus, department of landscape architecture, Purdue University, teaching site planning and landscape design for more than 30 years.
William has a Bachelor in Science in Environmental Ecology and minor in Wetlands Ecology. He currently is a full time beekeeper, spending his days raising queens, doing swarm removals and anything to do with bees.
Outdoor floriculturist, Chicago Botanic Garden. Purchaser and grower of seasonal annual displays, containers, baskets, and specialty plant displays seen throughout the Garden. B.S. in landscape horticulture from Colorado State University.
Artist and designer, Victor Hlavacek Florist and Greenhouses.
Nursery supervisor, Chicago Botanic Garden. B.S. in plant and soil science from Southern Illinois University.
Horticulture educator. M.A. in geography and environmental studies, Northeastern Illinois University.
Horticulturist, Chicago Botanic Garden. B.S. in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
President, Anne Roberts Gardens, Inc.
Horticulturist and owner, A Finer Touch. B.S. in horticulture from University of Wisconsin. Experience in designing and maintaining perennial gardens and four-season container plantings.
Expert photographer and guest lecturer known for his photographs of flowers, gardens, and landscapes. Served as staff photographer and director of photography at the New York Botanical Garden and as senior photographer for Southern Living magazine. Editorial assignments include National Geographic, Audubon, Natural History, Better Homes & Gardens, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Garden, and Horticulture magazines, and The New York Times.
Grounds foreman at the Chicago Botanic Garden for more than 20 years. B.S. in industrial mechanics. Expert in engine repair, landscape construction, and landscape maintenance.
CA, ISA, ASLA. Landscape designer for Craig Bergmann Landscape Design.
Tea and coffee industry expert, entrepreneur, and tea enthusiast.
Steward of the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve, Long Grove, Illinois.
Manager of Adult Education for the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Teaches core courses in the Ornamental Plant Materials Certificate Program as well as other horticulture courses. Previously worked for Synnestvedt Nursery Company and DeVroomen Bulb Company.
Thomas R. Selinger
James Martin & Associates. B.L.A. from Michigan State University. Instructor for the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the College of DuPage, and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.
Pop-up paper art engineer and author.
Senior horticulturist, English Walled Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden. B.S. in horticulture from Iowa State University. Passion for gardening cultivated in Laytonsville, Maryland, where she worked for a cut-flower grower and a small public garden before going to college.
Professional gardener, Shores Garden Consulting. Specializes in intensive, small-scale gardening systems. Experience designing and running organic commercial food gardens, designing urban landscapes, and teaching intensive techniques. Works with clients to utilize indoor and outdoor urban spaces for food production, edible landscaping, and native plantscapes.
Co-owner of Arborsmith, Ltd. University-educated, ISA certified arborist who has been caring for trees on the North Shore of Chicago for more than 40 years. Smith has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens' Do It Yourself magazine for his own home garden.
Lesley Bruce Smith
Co-owner of Arborsmith, Ltd. University-educated, ISA certified arborist who has been caring for trees on the North Shore of Chicago for more than 40 years. Smith has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens' Do It Yourself magazine for her own home garden.
Seed bank conservation specialist for the Seeds of Success National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank. Chicago Botanic Garden restoration ecologist of the Dixon Prairie for 25 years. B.S. in botany, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Senior horticulturist, Chicago Botanic Garden. B.A. in business management and administration, Bradley University.
Mary Ann Spina
Teacher, writer, and counselor specializing in guided meditation walks.
Extension horticulturist providing leadership in horticultural programming for both homeowners and commercial horticulturists with emphasis in the area of herbaceous ornamentals. B.S. and M.S. in ornamental horticulture from the University of Illinois. Actively involved in the development of horticulture websites, flower show exhibits, and youth horticulture programs.
Ecologist, Chicago Botanic Garden.
Devi Stern, MS, is an Advanced Eden Energy Practitioner with a private practice in Highland Park. A former research biologist, she has been teaching energy medicine for about 15 years and is the author of Energy Healing with the Kabbalah, Integrating Ancient Jewish Mysticism with Modern Energetic Practices. (Llewellyn, 2018)
Horticulturist, The Gardener's Tutor.
Graphic designer and print designer, Lake Forest Library.
Propagator at the Chicago Botanic Garden. B.S. from Northwestern University.
Japanese ink painting instructor. B.A. from Duquesne University, with extensive Japanese ink painting and Chinese painting, watercolor, oil, crafts, and other experience.
B.S. in horticulture from Iowa State University. Owns and operates a home-based business called Thomson Topiaries, L.L.C. Specializes in giving lectures and workshops on topiary construction and care.
Plant health care supervisor at the Chicago Botanic Garden and certified arborist. M.S. in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois and B.S. in engineering from Northern Illinois University.
New product development manager, Ball Horticultural Company, M.B.A. in supply chain management from Michigan State University and M.S. in horticulture from University of Agriculture, Poland.
Artist, TWSA master status.
Vice president of operations, Hursthouse, Inc., Landscape Architects and Contractors. Degree from the University of Illinois in ornamental horticulture. Frequent lecturer at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Morton Arboretum, College of DuPage, and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.
Lecturer in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, where he teaches classes about the history of the book, information policy, and technology.
Assistant horticulturist, Dwarf Conifer and Waterfall Gardens, Chicago Botanic Garden. B.A. in horticulture from the University of Minnesota.
Artist and educator. B.F.A., painting, cum laude, University of Tennessee. Advanced study of painting and fresco, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France. M.Arch., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Has taught watercolor classes at the Evanston Art Center, the Suburban Fine Arts Center, and Hull House.
Furniture maker and author specializing in natural willow furniture design. Author of six instructional books about building rustic furniture.
Owner, Sharon Yiesla, Horticulture Services. B.S. in horticulture, Purdue University. M.S. in horticulture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Author of Shade Trees for the Central and Northern United States and Canada.
Ph.D. Professor emeritus of horticulture at the College of Lake County, where he served as the coordinator of horticulture for 28 years. Author of A Landscaper's Guide to Perennial Flowers, as well as numerous horticultural magazine articles.