Dorothy H. Gardner

Chicago, Illinois



Dorothy Gardner, a retired foundation executive, has shared her Winnetka garden through the Garden Conservancy’s Open Day program and now gardens in the city of Chicago and in Montecito, California. Her garden in Winnetka is documented in Starr Ockenga’s book, Earth on Her Hands: The American Woman in Her Garden (1998), and in the archives of the Smithsonian's Garden Club of America Collection.

Dorothy is a founding member of the Garden Conservancy board of directors, which was formed in 1990. She co-chaired our $15 million Campaign to Save America’s Exceptional Gardens, which reached its goal in 2011, and a former chair of the board's finance and investments committee. She has also served as a director of the Chicago Botanic Garden.