Category: New Leaf Updates & Features

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5 Questions: Q&A with Scott Witte

Scott Witte became director of horticulture at Cantigny Park in 2018, one year after Project New Leaf began. He was previously director of agronomy (superintendent) at Cantigny Golf, where he served 23 years. Witte holds a bachelor’s degree in Crop...

/ May 11, 2020

5 Questions: Q&A with Tom Featherstone

Project New Leaf was announced to the public in February 2017. One month later, Cantigny selected Featherstone, Inc. as project manager. The firm, based in Downers Grove, coordinates and oversees all aspects of the project, including planning, budget estimating, bidding,...

/ April 24, 2020

Project Update, Spring 2020

Despite the current health crisis, there’s a feeling of great anticipation here at Cantigny. With winter behind us, we’re glad to be back outside and working again! That said, COVID-19 is slowing our progress a bit as we follow the...

/ April 9, 2020

Creating a “Logarium”

Don’t look now, but the Cantigny Horticulture team is up to some shady business. The team is applying old tree stumps and large branches to create a new botanic attraction, opening later this year. Instead of carting away the dead...

/ April 9, 2020

Little Mermaid All Shined Up

Some things at Cantigny are simply iconic. The McCormick House north portico. The WWI “doughboy” outside the Visitors Center. The Dick Tracy bunker at Cantigny Golf. Another strong candidate for icon status is the mermaid statue in the mansion’s south...

/ March 24, 2020

War on Buckthorn!

A walk around the edges of the park this spring and summer could be a revealing experience. The look is a lot more open thanks to recent work by Cantigny Horticulture. Why the change? In a word, buckthorn. The invasive...

/ March 23, 2020

Project Update, Fall 2019

The goal of Project New Leaf has always been to preserve and enhance Cantigny Park for current and future generations of visitors. We’ve made significant progress toward that objective in 2019 during Phase II. Also this year, Cantigny guests enjoyed...

/ November 18, 2019