The President's Circle

Welcome to the April E-Newsletter

Dear President’s Circle Member,

Keep Growing CoverRead Sophia's letter on the history of the Chicago Horticultural Society—which includes managing the Chicago Botanic Garden—and the wonderful programs and events you will find in the next issue of Keep Growing.

You're invited!

State of the Garden Address"State of the Garden" Address

Thursday, April 28
8 to 9:30 a.m.

Join Sophia Siskel for an informal review of the Garden’s past accomplishments and goals for the future. Breakfast refreshments will be available between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Sophia begins promptly at 8:30 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer session.

This is an exclusive event. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

A Bloomin' FestivalA Bloomin’ Festival and
Preview Evening

Members-only Preview Evening
Thursday, May 12, 4 to 7 p.m.

Members-only Festival Hours:
Friday, May 13, 1 to 5 p.m.
General Festival Hours: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy priority shopping and a light dinner and beer or wine at the A Bloomin’ Festival Preview Evening for members and their guests. Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage you to make your reservation in advance. For questions, please call (847) 835-8375.

Sponsored by the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society, A Bloomin’ Festival offers more than 25,000 annuals, ferns, fruit and vegetable plants, geraniums, herbs, native wildflowers, ornamental grasses, perennials, roses, shrubs, and vines. In addition, shop from vendors selling baked goods, fresh honey, pottery, mushrooms, and much more.

An Evening with Andrea WulfAn Evening with Andrea Wulf

Wednesday, May 18
Lecture and Book Signing, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Reception and Dinner, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
$100 per person

Andrea Wulf, noted design historian and award-winning author, presents a program celebrating her newest book, The Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. After the lecture, guests are invited to tour the exhibition Plants in Print: The Age of Botanical Discovery and to enjoy an elegant dinner hosted by Cindy and Ben Lenhardt.

Register online or call the President’s Circle hotline, (847) 835-6925 by Friday, May 13.


Spring Digital Photography Contest Submit your Chicago Botanic Garden photography to the Spring Photography Contest! Submissions will be accepted May 1 through June 21 with winners announced on June 27.

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World Environment DayWorld Environment Day

Saturday, June 4
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the Garden’s fourth annual celebration of World Environment Day. Click here to purchase tickets to lectures by our featured speakers, Nalini Nadkarni, Ph.D., a forest ecologist known as “the queen of canopy research,” and Michael Potts, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

An Afternoon with Piet OudolfAn Afternoon with Piet Oudolf

Tuesday, June 7
Lecture and Book Signing, 1 to 2 p.m.
President’s Circle Rose Garden Reception, 2 to 4 p.m.
$50 per person

A leading figure in the New Wave planting movement, influential garden designer and plant breeder Piet Oudolf emphasizes plant structure as the most important aspect of a successful garden. Join Oudolf as he presents "Landscapes in Landscapes," in conjunction with his new book of the same name. Landscapes in Landscapes features twenty-three of Oudolf’s most beautiful public and private gardens and will be available for purchase and signing. Following the lecture, guests are invited to enjoy wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres during an exclusive reception in the Rose Garden.

Register online in advance or call (847) 835-6925.

Show of Summer TourShow of Summer
Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Saturday, June 11
8:30 a.m.

Join Victoria Wagner of the Garden Club of Evanston for a unique tour of the Show of Summer. Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America present this year’s competitive exhibition, “Botanica," offering flower arrangement classes, horticulture classes, photography classes, and classes for children, as well as an exhibit on seed banking and conservation. Limited space available; please call (847) 835-6925 to reserve your spot today.

Bus Tour SeriesPresident’s Circle 2011
Bus Tour Series

President’s Circle members are invited to enjoy three exclusive and distinct bus tours: Hyde Park Adventure, Gardens of Distinction: On the Road with Craig Bergmann, and Urban Harvest Tour. Look for your official invitation in the mail soon!

Upcoming Garden Events

Father’s Day Canoe AdventureFather’s Day Canoe Adventure

Sunday, June 19
9 a.m., 11 a.m., or 1 p.m.
$89 per member, per canoe

In partnership with Friends of the Chicago River, the Garden invites you to partake in a rare opportunity to canoe our lakes with a father in your life. Bob Kirschner, the Garden’s aquatic biologist, will lead your aquatic journey that will include passing beneath the Garden's new Trellis Bridge!

Upcoming Events

Please click on each of the photos above for information on some of the Chicago Botanic Garden's community gardening and educational enrichment programs.

I am delighted for President’s Circle members to be among the first to know that Kris Jarantoski, executive vice president and director, will receive a Distinguished Service Medal from the Garden Club of America on Saturday, April 30. This prestigious medal, honoring exceptional service in the field of horticulture, is richly deserved. During a career spanning 34 years at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Kris has participated in the development of each of our 24 display gardens. His commitment to horticultural excellence is an important reason why our young Garden is already considered one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Not only is “Kris J” accomplished professionally, his devotion and generous spirit inspire his colleagues and countless friends.

Please join me in congratulating Kris.

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Jane O’Neil
Susan Canmann
President’s Circle

In This Issue:

Sophia's Letter
State of the
   Garden Address
Bloomin' Festival
Andrea Wulf
Photo Album
   Environment Day
Piet Oudolf
Show of Summer
Bus Tour
Father's Day
   Canoe Adventure
Green Youth Farm Cook County Boot Camp Science First