Barbara Whitney Carr

Hobe Sound, Florida


Barbara Carr, former president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Botanic Garden, directed the garden for twelve years, retiring in 2007. During her tenure, she led a ten-year master plan, launched a $100 million capital campaign that yielded more that $148 million, and oversaw the transformation of CBG into one of the finest teaching gardens in the country. She is the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s Catherine H. Sweeney Award for extraordinary and dedicated efforts in the field of horticulture, and the 2007 Award of Merit from the American Public Gardens Association. Barbara also serves on the boards of the CBG and the Ox Bow Summer School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Hobe Sound, Florida, where she is a former  commissioner of the town of Jupiter Island and has served on the board of the Everglades Foundation.

Barbara joined the Garden Conservancy board of directors in 2007 and chairs the board's personnel committee.