annual report 2010
When I became chairman of the Chicago Horticultural Society in June 2009, I followed in the footsteps of visionary leaders whose investments of time and resources had enabled a degraded marshland to grow into a renowned public garden on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Then, as now, I embraced the opportunity to ensure our beloved Garden’s future is as successful as its past was remarkable.
Under the able leadership of the Garden’s senior staff, in partnership with the Society’s Board, the Garden adopted a new ten-year strategic plan in 2009. Entitled “Keep Growing,” the plan acknowledges the Garden’s mission can only be fulfilled if the Garden is financially secure.
While solidifying the Garden’s financial position is a long-term pursuit, in 2010 a laserlike focus throughout the Garden generated positive results that greatly strengthened the foundation on which the future is being built.
During the next nine years, the “Keep Growing” strategic plan will shape the future of the Chicago Botanic Garden. I encourage everyone who belongs to the Garden or cares about its mission to join me in growing their own contribution to the Annual Fund. Together, with a nod to the past, we can help the Garden secure its future, as well as our own.
On behalf of the Chicago Horticultural Society,
Susan A. Willetts