Jennifer Davit has worked in horticulture and public gardens for over 15 years. She served as Director of the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park from 2010 through 2014. While at the Lurie Garden, Jennifer managed all aspects of this five-acre chemical free public garden, which attracted over 2 millions visitors annually. She initiated a number of projects, including the Lurie Garden Bee Program, which included installing two bee hives, harvesting and selling honey each year, and providing a number of annual educational programs on gardening for pollinators.
Prior to serving at the Lurie Garden, Jennifer lived in Miami where she worked at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Her responsibilities at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden included managing the 16,000-square-foot conservatory and Victoria amazonica pool, creating and delivering educational programs for people of all ages, and developing written and oral interpretation for horticultural exhibits. While at Fairchild, she won Best in Show at the 2004 International Aroid Show. She also has managed the Ward Garden, a 4.5 acre residential estate in Coral Gables, Fla., and served as a horticultural consultant to landscape architects in Miami, Florida on a number of award winning projects.
Davit has a master's in public garden management from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a bachelor's degree in biology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has held internships at the Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, Calif., the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii, the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden in Fort Bragg, Calif.