Janelle Deddo is the horticulturist for the Dwarf Conifer Garden and Waterfall Garden. The Dwarf Conifer Garden features a collection that showcases the diversity of forms and colors found among conifers. The Waterfall Garden includes waterfalls and a stream that cascades down a steep hillside into a series of small, landscaped pools.
Deddo earned a bachelor of science degree in biology at Wheaton College (IL). Her interest in plants developed while taking a field course in ecology in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This led her to volunteer at the Morton Arboretum and pursue an internship in the Arboretum’s soil science laboratory. Deddo has worked at the Botanic Garden in a variety of positions since 2011, starting as an intern in the Plant Production Greenhouses, working as a plant restoration technician in the Dixon Prairie, and as seasonal assistant horticulturist in the English Walled Garden. She moved to her current position in September 2018. Between seasons of working at the Botanic Garden, Deddo has been employed at various Chicagoland environmental organizations as well as at a blueberry farm in the state of Washington.