Name: May Elizabeth ("Betty") McAdams
Date of Birth / Location: 1881 / in Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death / Location: August of 1967
Education: Attended Armour Institute for one year, 1899 Completed degree in Landscape Architecture University of Illinois, 1916
Firms and Partnerships Worked as Draftsman for Warren Manning from 1916-1917. Worked as a landscape architect in Melbourne, Florida from 1917-1918. Worked as a professor in the landscape architecture department at the University of Illinois from 1918 to 1928. Returned to Chicago and went into private practice 1929, and did landscape architecture in Lake Forest, Illinois at this time. Landscape Architect for the Chicago Park District from 1935 to 1947. Private practice from 1947 to early 1960s. (Her office was in Northbrook, Illinois).
Professional Organizations & Activities: Elected as a Fellow of the ASLA in 1955. Active in the Chicago Society of Landscape Architects and American Society of Landscape Architects.
Primary Field: Landscape Architect
- McAdams produced the planting plan for the Jackson Park (Chicago, Illinois) Perennial Garden (commonly known as the "Women's Garden") (not sole designer) in 1936.
- Sunken Garden at Northwestern University Settlement House, 1400 Augusta Boulevard in Chicago, Illinois.
- McAdams was a sub-consultant to landscape architect Gertrude Kuh in the 1950s and 1960s, primarily in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
- Jackson Park Women's Garden, in Chicago, Illinois 1937.
Research courtesy of Julia Bachrach Consulting.