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Chanticleer Scholars


Current Scholars


Samantha Peckham Samantha Peckham, Senior Horticulturist, Cantigny Park, will complete the University of Illinois Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Master of Science program.







Elin FilbeyElin Filbey, Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Allen Centennial Garden, will complete the University of Wisconsin Certified Professional Coach Program and to travel to gardens to study their internship programs.






Whitney Costner Whitney Costner, Conservation Biologist, Bok Tower Gardens, will complete a graduate certificate program in Ecological Restoration at the University of Florida.










2019

Katrina Noland, Land Manager, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida
Evan Meyer, Curator of Living Collections, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
Paul Orpello, Director of Gardens and Horticulture, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware
Matt Lobdell, Executive Director, Theodore Payne Foundation, Sun Valley, California; former Assistant Director, UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, Los Angeles, California


2018

Bryan Thompson-Nowak, Assistant Director, Continuing Education & Penn Student Outreach, Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Carissa Dougherty, Head of Knowledge Management, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
Daniel J. Hinkley, Director, Heronswood Garden, Kingston, Washington
Sara Stevenson, Communications and Content Manager, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Ithaca, New York; former Director of Audience Development, Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware
Steffen Mirsky, Assistant Curator, Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa
William Wallace, Curator, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York


2017

Laura Ekasetya, Director and Head Horticulturist, the Lurie Garden, Chicago, Illinois
Steven A. Wright, Director of Horticulture and Curator of Plant Collections, Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, Pennsylvania
Gwyn Rager, former Horticulturist, Newfields, Indianapolis, Indiana


2016

Francheska Snyder, Gardener, Portland Japanese Garden, former Head Gardener, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ayse Pogue, Senior Horticulturist, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
Sarah Beck, Director, Program & Education, American Public Gardens Association, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Ben Futa, Director, Allen Centennial Garden, Madison, Wisconsin
Kurt Dreisilker, Head of Natural Resources, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
Gabe Tilove, Associate Director of Adult Education and Community Outreach, former Adult Education Coordinator, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


2015

Tyler Mason, PhD student, Colorado State University, former Horticulturist, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Kelly D. Norris, Director of Horticulture, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa
Edward Scott Lyon, Director, Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa
Harnek Singh, Horticulturist, Wave Hill, Bronx, New York
Frederique Lavoipierre, Principal at Phoenix Enterprises, Sebastapool, California ; former Director of Education, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California


2014

Andre ten Dam, Director of Operations, former Director of Volunteer & Guest Services, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Kelly Ann Fernandez, Herb Gardener, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden, San Marino, California
Jennifer Williams, Curator of the Shakespeare Garden & Fragrance Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado
Olwen Grace, PhD, Research Scientist, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey, England
Tony Aiello, Director of Horticulture and Curator, Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kris Bachtell, Vice President of Collections and Facilities, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois


2013

Gregory Kramer, Director of Horticulture, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida
Amy Padolf, Director of Education, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida
Joe Matassino, Director of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania; former Director of Development, Delaware Center for Horticulture in Wilmington, Delaware
Tracey Jessen, Horticulturist and Educator, Halifax Public Gardens in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jacob Burns, Horticulturist, Dow Gardens, Midland, Michigan; former Curator of Herbaceous Perennials, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
Robert Rensel, Horticulturist, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, Ohio
Erin Riggs, Taxonomist, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Oregon
David Weir, Manager, Greenhouse, Grounds & Ornamental Gardens, Agriculture Canada, British Columbia, Canada


2012

Elizabeth Hood, former Director of Education, Toronto Botanical Garden, Toronto, Ontario
Corey Scott Barnes, Associate Curator at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco, California; former Education Coordinator and Nursery Manager, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen, California
Carrie Vesely Henderson, Executive Director, Iron Gate, former Vice President of Development and Outreach, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nicole Juday Rhoads, Director of Giving, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; former Landscape Curator, The Wyck Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chad E. Washburn, Director of Conservation and Education, Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida
Phyllis Odessey, Director of Horticulture, Randall's Island Park, New York, New York


2011

Andrew Hill, Curator of the David C. Lam Asian Garden, University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Connie Cottingham, independent Garden Writer and Speaker; former Public Relations & Special Events Coordinator, State Botanical Garden, Athens, Georgia
Tim Boland, Executive Director, Polly Hill Arboretum, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Zhanna Yermakov, Stewardship Manager, Jefferson County Government, Golden, Colorado; former Natural Areas Manager, Chicago Park District, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Schmitz, Director of Horticulture and General Manager, The Brenton Arboretum, Dallas Center, Iowa


2010

Andrew Bunting, Vice President of Public Horticulture, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; former Curator, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Stephanie Jutila, President and CEO, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa; former Director of Member Programs and Outreach, American Horticultural Society, Alexandria, Virginia
MaryLynn Mack, Chief Operating Officer, South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California; former Deputy Director and Director of Operations, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona.
Jennifer Lee, Senior Horticulturist, Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Gray Summitt, Missouri


2009

Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, Wisconsin
Adrienne Roethling, Garden Curator, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville, North Carolina
Ian Simpkins, Deputy Director for Horticulture and Urban Agriculture, former Chief Horticulturist, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida
Brian Sullivan, Vice President for Landscape, Gardens, and Outdoor Collections


2008

Brian Houck, Grounds Supervisor, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California; former Chief Horticulturist, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois

Opening Times

Chanticleer is open by reservation Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

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End of Season


The garden will remain open until Sunday, November 1st, 2020.
Opening day for the 2021 season will be March 31st.

News & Events

All of us at Chanticleer stand aligned with the outpouring of support for those standing against the unacceptable killings of George Floyd and so many others by those charged to protect us.

We are growing many more vegetables this year and are sharing fresh vegetables weekly with community organizations. The small act of growing vegetables can have a big impact and we encourage all who can to grow and share.

2021 Season Passes Now Available


Purchase a 2021 Season Pass now and use it through the end of this season and in 2021.

The Art of Gardening & Grow Fruit and Vegetables in Pots


Now available for purchase online.

House & Garden Tours


We are currently not taking reservations for tours.
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