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Michael Jesiolowski

Michael Jesiolowski
Senior Horticulturist
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(847) 835-6941
  • Visitor Center
  • Parking Lots
  • Bird Island
  • Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition
  • Learning Campus Garden
  • Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation Plaza
  • Smelcer Garden
  • Kleinman Family Cove
  • Entrance Gardens
  • Barbara Carr Administrative Center

Michael Jesiolowski is the senior horticulturist for the Visitor Center, parking lots, Bird Island, and Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. He is also responsible for overseeing and coordinating the maintenance of the Learning Campus Garden, Grunsfeld Growing Garden, Robert R. McCormick Foundation Plaza, Smelcer Garden, Kleinman Family Cove, Entrance Gardens, and Barbara Carr Administrative Center.

From a very young age, plants have been a source of joy for Jesiolowski. After initially being sidetracked by earning a degree in accounting, he quickly realized that he would not find inspiration or fulfillment in that profession. Jesiolowski went back to school and graduated from the University of Illinois, earning a bachelor of science degree in horticulture. Upon graduating, he worked at Bernheim Arboretum in Kentucky, the Morton Arboretum, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and at Epic Systems, a corporate campus in the Madison, Wisconsin, area, where he was horticulture team lead. Living in Madison for more than three years, Jesiolowski stayed connected to public horticulture and was mentored by Ed Hasselkus, curator at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and Jeff Epping, director of horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Sharing his passion for horticulture is a source of delight for Jesiolowsk that is manifested in teaching classes, leading tours, and working with volunteer groups.