Spring is finally making its appearance at the Garden. Swelling buds on trees, blue scilla and yellow daffodils, and the first red shoots of peonies are emerging from the soil. We are starting to see flashes of color as migrating birds fly through and groups of schoolchildren are again busy exploring outside. Our attendance reflects the loyal and increasing support for the Garden. This past March was the best in Chicago Botanic Garden history, up 54 percent from 2008. Thanks to the President’s Circle, the Annual Fund has eclipsed year-to-date from 2008. Please help us by continuing your remarkable support.
Please click here to read Sophia's letter in full.
Going Green as a Family
Saturday, May 30, 9 – 11 a.m.
President’s Circle members and their families are invited to a special planting project. Join Rick Belding, Chicago Botanic Garden’s fruit and vegetable horticulturist, to assist in the creation of a natural area in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Click here to view the invitation.
Reservations are required. Email or call (847) 835-6925 by May 23.
Ninth Annual Gardens of Distinction
Sunday, July 19, 2 – 4 p.m.
or 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
This is the President’s Circle signature event. You are invited to view one of Chicago’s most highly praised East Lake Shore Drive rooftop gardens. This magnificent garden was designed by the owner and Maria Smithburg, the noted Harvard-educated landscape architect and philanthropist.
Invitations will be mailed in June. Please save the date as space is limited.
Rice Science Center Opening Benefit Dinner with Michael Pollan
Save the Date: Monday, September 21
For the opening of the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center
Benefit dinner and remarks by Michael Pollan,
author of The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.
Charleston Study Trip, March 26 – 29
President’s Circle members took advantage of a rare opportunity to view historical private homes, beautiful gardens, and planations.
Click here to view photos from the trip.
Sneak-Peek Tour of the Garden’s 2009 Plants with Kris Jarantoski
On Tuesday, April 7, Executive Vice President and Director Kris Jarontoski led a behind-the-scenes tour of the production greenhouses. Attendees enjoyed a sneak peek at the 2009 spring plantings. Brian Clark, manager of the production greenhouses, provided insight into the planting and sustainable practices of the Garden. Click here to view the photos.
On behalf of the staff and board of the Chicago Botanic Garden, I am so grateful for your support. You help us bring joy to people’s lives and save the planet by saving the plants. Thank you so very much. Please know I would love to hear from you at any time with your thoughts. Every day, it is an honor and privilege to serve the Chicago Botanic Garden.
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden