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Kathryn Deery

PHOTO: Kathryn Deery
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  • Evening Island

Kathryn Deery is the horticulturist for Evening Island, a five-acre site that includes a hillside, woodland, and meadow gardens that reflect ever-changing highlights throughout the year. Evening Island is an example of the New American Garden style of landscape design, which features vast naturalistic sweeps of low-maintenance grasses, perennials, and roses to create a living tapestry. Special features of this garden are the Nautilus terrace, a Jens Jensen-inspired council ring, and the Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon. Deery has helped coordinate the horticulture division's intern program (past tense, I no longer do this) and assists with teaching classes for the garden design certificate program at the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Deery earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental science at the University of Michigan. Her interest in plants developed while taking a field course in ethnobotany, which led her to specialize in plant ecology. After graduating, Deery moved to San Francisco to work in natural resources management and native plant production for AmeriCorps. Two years later, she began work as a restoration technician with the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy. Deery started working at the Garden in 2013 as the assistant horticulturist for the Model Railroad Garden, Spider Island, and Lagoon Garden.