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Background Information

Employment History


Chicago Botanic Garden

Chief Horticulturist

Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation




Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden



Bachelor's degree

Natural Resources Management and Parks and Recreation Management

University of Guelph

Niagara Parks Diploma

Niagara Parks School of Horticulture

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Speaker Bio's and Information [cached]

Kristin Berry , Chicago Botanic Gardens

Kristin Berry works as the Horticulturist of the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden.Her job entails caring for the 14-acre Japanese stroll garden, supervising seasonal workers, volunteers, giving tours and teaching classes through the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
From an early age, Kristin was interested in public parks and forests.She started her career at the age of 4, leading her parents on nature walks in parks across the US and Canada.She furthered her career by obtaining a BSc(Agr) in Natural Resources Management and Parks and Recreation Management from the University of Guelph, in Canada.
Upon graduation, Kristin stumbled happily into the world of Japanese Gardening while working at the University of Guelph Arboretum.There, she helped to install a small Japanese Garden dedicated to the memory of a professor from the University of Guelph.
After obtaining a Niagara Parks Diploma from the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Kristin went back to The Arboretum and spent two years as Head Gardener, maintaining and improving upon the gardens.While doing research on Japanese Gardens maintenance and how to teach the public about this garden style, Kristin became intrigued by the subtleties and intricacies of the Japanese garden style.
In 2001, Kristin became Horticulturist of the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden.Kristin continues to learn about Japanese gardening techniques while working on improving the overall maintenance and enhancing the existing features of her garden with proper pruning and training techniques, rock placement and a high quality of maintenance and attention to detail.This past year, Kristin oversaw a restoration of the eroding shoreline and the addition of rock and planting features, which enhance and perfect the beauty of this 30-year-old garden.
Kristin is very interested in teaching and has joined with the staff of the School of the Botanic Garden at CBG and with the volunteer training programs to offer classes in her area of expertise.

- Press Release [cached]

Kristin Berry, horticulturist, Chicago Botanic Garden, focuses on acquiring solid gardening skills, such as pruning, installation and care of seasonal displays, equipment maintenance and repair, and first aid.

Tofino Botanical Gardens [cached]

Kristin is the Chief Horticulturist at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. She manages and organizes the botanical collections and oversees horticulture interns and volunteers. Kristin has been working and teaching for public gardens throughout North America for 12 years.

Chicago Botanic Garden [cached]

Kristin Berry, the horticulturist for Sansho-En, the Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, answers some of the most common questions she encounters:

Chicago Botanic Garden - Press Release [cached]

Kristin Berry, horticulturist, Chicago Botanic Garden, will focus on solid gardening skills, learning a variety of techniques, materials, tools and equipment, and developing an ability to determine best practices.

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