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Chris Schlenker

Chris Schlenker

Chris Schlenker is the Head Gardener of McCrory Gardens, a 70-acre botanical garden located on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. While pursuing his degree in Landscape Architecture from SDSU, Chris joined the student summer staff at McCrory Gardens and fell in love with the gardens and the appeal of public horticulture. Upon completion of his studies in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Chris continued as a seasonal staff member until the gardens constructed an Education & Visitor Center and became a year-round destination. As Head Gardener, Chris leads a team of employees and volunteers and focuses on the mission of McCrory Gardens: “Connecting people and plants through education, discovery, research, and enjoyment of the natural and built landscape.” Chris is responsible for leading the Garden’s horticultural and facility initiatives and performance goals through management of the gardens, production and display facilities, curation of the collection, research initiatives, educational programming, and outreach initiatives.

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