Kristin Berry , Chicago Botanic GardensKristin 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
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.