The President's Circle
Welcome to the April E-Newsletter

Bulb GardenRead Sophia's letter on the many ways the Garden strives to provide a sense of pleasure, understanding, and belonging to you and the 900,000 people who will visit the Garden this year.

You're invited!

A Sunday Afternoon with Judith TankardA Sunday Afternoon with Judith Tankard

Sunday, May 23
Lecture: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Alsdorf Auditorium
Reception: 4 – 6 p.m., hosted at a private Glencoe residence
$25 per person

Presented by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Join landscape historian and author Judith Tankard as she discusses her newest book, Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes. Invitations were mailed in early April to Presidentís Circle Sustaining, Laureate, and Chairmanís Circle members and Breasted Society members of the Oriental Institute.

King's Hill Farm CSAKing's Hill Farm

It’s not too late to sign up for a King’s Hill Farm CSA vegetable share! Beginning June 6, you can pick up your box of freshly harvested vegetables twice a month at the Garden’s Farmers’ Market. What better way to enjoy the many tastes of the season?

save the date

May crabapplesMay Crabapples

Don’t miss the May crabapples! Check What’s in Bloom regularly for updates on spring blossoms around the Garden.

President's Circle Farm DinnerPresidentís Circle Farm Dinner

September 16, 5 – 8 p.m.
$200 per person

President’s Circle members are invited to join farmers, food artisans, and makers of wine, beer, and spirits for a one-of-a-kind meal made with fresh, seasonal ingredients by a local chef and served family-style in a casual outdoor setting. Look for more information coming soon.

For more information on the Garden-wide Farm Dinners in June, July, and August click here.

photo contest

Calling all Garden photographers! Entries are being accepted through June 21 for the Spring Digital Photography Contest. Winners will be announced July 1.

Upcoming Garden Events

A Bloomin' FestivalA Bloomin’ Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 14 – 16
Members-Only Preview Night,
May 13, 4 – 7 p.m

Kick off the 2010 growing season at A Bloomin’ Festival with an incomparable array of plants on sale and an open-air market featuring vendors selling fresh produce, pottery, honey, baked goods, and much more.

Register online for the Preview Night.

Camp CBGCamp CBG

Sign up for summer Camp CBG by April 30 and enjoy lower registration fees. There are many programs still available, including My First Camps, designed for children ages 2 and 3. Fees for the weeklong camps increase on May 1.

Kids Dig It ChallengeKids Dig It Challenge

Children ages 4 to 13 whose families are Garden Plus members are invited to participate in the Gardenís new youth horticulture competition. Click here for more information!

Upcoming Events

Please click on each of the photos above for information on these fun Garden events.

Sophia Siskel and Tina TchenI want to thank Tina Tchen, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Office, for giving the Garden the opportunity to visit the West Wing and discuss the many ways we can work to support the current Administrationís goals. We talked about Windy City Harvest and connecting to the President and First Ladyís efforts to fight obesity, increase access to fresh produce, encourage gardening, and create jobs toward building a green economy.

Every day, it is an honor and privilege to serve the Chicago Botanic Garden. Your help makes it possible for people to enjoy beautiful gardens, and to live better, healthier, and more satisfying lives.

With warm regards,

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden

In this Issue:

Sophia's Letter
Judith Tankard
King's Hill Farm
May Crabapples
Farm Dinner
Photo Contest
A Bloomin'
Camp CBG
Kids Dig It

The President's Circle Steering Committee

Sophia Siskel
President and CEO

Jane O’Neil
Michael Busch

George Bodeen
Nancy Bodeen
Mary Boyer
Susan Canmann
John Deimel
Frank Farwell
John Fornengo
Dorothy Gardner
James Glasser
Alice Goltra
Robert Gordon
Tricia Hagenah
Will Hagenah
Florence Hart
Mary Hill
Marci Holzer
Betsy Karp
Jennifer Kasten
May Cat Kneibler
Cindy Lenhardt
Laura Linger
Anne Loucks
Stephanie Madigan
John McEnaney
Brooks Morgan
Terry Moritz
Michael Rhoades
Arch Shaw
Charlene Shaw
Robert Shaw
Susan Stone
Pam Szokol
Ernest Waud
Nicole Williams
Heather Wright
Model Railroad Garden Library Exhibits Founding Fathers and the American Environment Class