Friends Annual Meeting – Chicago Botanic Garden: Design and Designers With Fred Spicer

Sunday 06-12-22 04:00 pm (Eastern) 4:00 PM Eastern



Fred Spicer – photo by Robin Carlson

Join Fred Spicer for a virtual tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the world’s great public gardens. Opened in 1972, the 385-acre site features nine islands, 28 gardens, and six natural areas. Fred will explain the sound planning basis for the garden, which features the work of some of the masters of 21st century landscape architecture and garden design. The Garden is a modernist masterpiece, and is known for eye-popping seasonal displays, dramatic views and vistas, and plant collections, now numbering over 14,000 different kinds of plants.

Fred Spicer has been the Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden since February 2017. In his role at the Garden, Mr. Spicer oversees horticulture, design, facility operations, maintenance and capital planning and projects. Most recently he served 15 years as the Director and then CEO of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Before his service at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, he was Manager of Horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission in New Jersey, where he oversaw The Frelinghuysen and Willowwood Arboretums. Fred is a 1983 graduate of Rutgers University with a B.S. in environmental planning, design and landscape architecture.

This program is FREE for Members, but registration is required. Please register here:

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Registration for this program will close at 12:00 Noon on the day of the program

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

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