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Horticultural Therapy Services Staff

Barbara Kreski, M.H.S., OTR/L, HTR
Director of Horticultural Therapy Services

phone (847) 835-8277

Barb Kreski supervises the Horticultural Therapy Services department at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Kreski's background spans a wide range of clinical settings including psychiatric hospitals, the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, skilled nursing facilities, public schools, and pediatric rehabilitation. She has incorporated plant- and nature-based interventions in her work in each of these settings. She holds a master's degree in health sciences with a concentration in neuroscience and an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy as well as voluntary registration as a horticultural therapist.

Alicia Green, M.A., NCC, HTR
Coordinator, Buehler Enabling Garden

phone (847) 835-8248

Alicia Green is responsible for maintaining the Buehler Enabling Garden as a hands-on teaching garden and for delivering therapeutic horticulture programs. Green also manages a staff of 40 volunteers who assist with garden maintenance and promoting the mission of the Enabling Garden as a barrier-free garden. She has a B.A. in biology from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in ornamental horticulture and began her career at the Chicago Botanic Garden in 2000 as the nursery grower. She continued to gain experience in interior landscaping, exterior landscaping, high-end garden retail, and holiday design. She obtained a master's degree in counseling from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009 and is a national certified counselor as well as a registered horticultural therapist.

Clare Johnson, B.L.A.
Horticultural Therapy Services, manager & Design Consultant
phone (847) 835-8247

Clare Johnson serves as the off-site manager of Horticultural Therapy Services at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is responsible for the planning, supervision, and delivery of horticultural therapy services at sites throughout the greater Chicago area including residences for adults with special needs, special-education programs, and veterans' hospitals. Johnson also provides consultation to facilities planning therapeutic gardens. This includes systematically discerning the needs, uses, and stakeholders in the project and providing conceptual designs based on that process. She has a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is scheduled to complete the horticultural therapy certificate program and is working toward registration through the American Horticultural Therapy Association.