B.S. – Biology, Iowa State University
Katrina oversees the gardens at Lincoln Park Zoo. Under her direction, the Horticulture team creates beautiful landscapes inside and outside animal exhibits for both the animals and the public to enjoy. The zoo is home to more than 330 species of woody plants and became an accredited arboretum in 2019. Overall, the zoo’s gardens have over 1,000 species of plants under the Horticulture crew’s care. The zoo also has special collections of hardy hibiscus, North American native hydrangea, and ninebark.
Katrina’s years of public garden experience influence her dedication for providing the highest quality care and maintenance of permanent plantings and annual displays on the zoo’s grounds, as well as creating opportunities for the Horticulture team to continue to develop professionally.
Prior to coming to Lincoln Park Zoo, Katrina worked at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, for nine years. As the horticulture coordinator, Katrina was in charge of the annual display program, designing and implementing four seasonal displays throughout the display gardens, as well as organizing projects, procuring plants, coordinating staff and contract work, and hiring and training seasonal workers.
Katrina also continues to serve as co-chair of the regional perennial trial group Perennials in Focus, where she focuses on trialing new and underused perennials in the Chicagoland area. Her passion for plants and the natural world was sprouted in small town Iowa, where she grew up working with her mother’s landscaping business, Ingrid’s Landscaping, out of Ryan, Iowa.