“Adam is amazingly creative and tenacious in pursuing his
ideas. His mark will be seen in the city and Park District for
years to come”
– David Doig, Chicago Park District Supervisor
Adam Schwerner has worked for more than thirty years in the field of public and private horticulture and, as the son of artists and an artist himself, has the experience to create surprising, engaging and well thought out landscapes. Even more, these spaces become Artscapes. Adam has had the opportunity to assist many clients in this regard. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from Rutgers University. He worked to enhance public and private gardens, public spaces and corporate landscapes in California, Connecticut, Wisconsin, New York, Atlanta and Chicago. As foreman and horticulturist at the New York Botanical Garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, he oversaw daily operations, designed the seasonal flower shows and increased job performance standards for conservatory staff. As Director for the Department of Cultural and Natural Resources for the Chicago Parks District, Adam oversaw a full time staff of 400 who were responsible for the maintenance of park’s 8,300 acres of natural spaces, lagoons, lakefront beaches, landscape and hundreds of garden spaces. In this role Adam also had the opportunity to curate ongoing public art installations across the city and bring hundreds of performances to the parks each year. This is also where he began to work as an artist in the public realm.
Today, as a Walt Disney Company Executive, Adam is responsible for the gardens, landscape, holiday overlays and decor throughout Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney and the three Disney hotels.
Adam is working with several corporate and private clients enhancing their Artscapes. In 2017 this included the development of an art installation called The Curious Garden for the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta, Georgia. Working with the expert staff of the botanical garden, he designed and oversaw the production of ten site specific art installations and a series of associated gardens that was in place May 2017 through October.