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

Urban Seed FarmRead Sophia's letter about an important, far-reaching program that will help
people, plants, and communities keep growing.







don't miss!

Ice Cream Social Presidentís Circle Ice Cream Social

Sunday, September 19
4 to 6 p.m.


President’s Circle members, along with their family and friends, are invited to experience the fall harvest at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden! Enjoy hands-on activities plus games, light refreshments, and of course, ice cream sundaes.

Register online or call the President’s Circle hotline, at (847) 835-6925 today.



You're invited!

Rooftop Happy HourPlant Science Center
Rooftop Happy Hour


Thursday, August 26
5 to 7 p.m.
Free, cash bar


Enjoy refreshments, good company, and warm summer evening air on the Green Roof Garden of the Plant Science Center!

Register online or call the Presidentís Circle hotline, at (847) 835-6925, today.


Farm DinnerPresidentís Circle Farm Dinner

Thursday, September 16
5 to 8 p.m.
$150 per person


As a thank you for being a member of the Garden’s President’s Circle, we’d like to offer you a special discount for the September Farm Dinner. Join Chef Cleetus and the farmers as you connect to the land and origins of your food. The ticket price includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a tour, a multicourse meal with drinks, and good company. Proceeds support the Garden’s Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest job-training and urban agriculture programs. Watch a video from the July Farm Dinner.

To take advantage of the September dinner discount, call (847) 835-6925. If you wish to attend in August, register online.
The summer Farm Dinner series is supported by Harris Bank.


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Gardens of DistinctionGardens of Distinction

A historic and majestic Lake Forest house and garden provided the backdrop for the 11th annual President’s Circle event, Gardens of Distinction. We are so grateful to Lorna and Miles Marsh for graciously sharing their home with the President’s Circle on such a beautiful afternoon.

City Hall Rooftop TourChicago City Hall Rooftop Tour

President’s Circle members were treated to an exclusive opportunity to visit City Hall’s renowned Rooftop Garden, consisting of more than 20,000 plants across 150 species, most of which are native prairie or woodland plants. Thank you to the City of Chicago for making this a very special occasion.


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Midwest Fruit Explorers Apple Tasting Midwest Fruit Explorers Apple Tasting

Sunday, October 17
9 to 10 a.m.
Free!


The early bird gets the apples! President’s Circle members and their families are invited to don their blue jeans and taste-test apples in conjunction with the Midwest Fruit Explorers Show and Sale.

An Afternoon with Michael Dirr An Afternoon with Michael Dirr

Sunday, October 17
3 to 5 p.m. Public lecture,
followed by a private reception


Please join the Garden in celebrating An Afternoon with Michael Dirr. This yearís Hutchinson Award winner, Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D., is a world-renowned plant breeder and woody plant expert. Dirr will present a lecture in the Alsdorf Auditorium followed by a private reception. Invitations will be mailed in early September.

Upcoming Garden Events

Bonsai Show and SaleMid-America Bonsai Society Show
and Sale


August 20, noon Ė 5 p.m.
August 21 & 22, 9 a.m. Ė 5 p.m.


The Midwest Bonsai Society hosts one of the top three bonsai shows and sales in the nation every third weekend of August, with more than 100 bonsai on display.


Become a Master GardenerBecome a Master Gardener

Master Gardener training applications are now being accepted for the next Master Gardener training program, scheduled for 2011!





Upcoming Events

Please click on each of the photos above for information on these fun ways to enjoy the Garden.



The Chicago Botanic Garden is fortunate to have four natural areas representing woodland, prairie, river, and lake ecosystems. McDonald Woods, the Dixon Prairie, the Skokie River Corridor, and the Garden Lakes constantly remind us of the connections between formal display gardens and nature. Next month, in a half-day symposium entitled The Nature of Wild Gardens: What Is Wild, and Why It Matters, author and naturalist Rick Darke will explore why bringing a bit of wildness into designed landscapes is ecological, practical, and relevant for todayís gardeners and landscape stewards. I look forward to meeting Rick and hearing his enlightening discussion.

With warm regards,


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Jane O’Neil
Susan Canmann
Presidentís Circle
Co-chairs

In This Issue:

Sophia's Letter
Ice Cream Social
Green Roof
   Happy Hour
Farm Dinner
Gardens of
   Distinction
City Hall
   Rooftop Tour
Apple Tasting
Michael Dirr
Bonsai Show
   and Sale
Master Gardener
Yoga Classes Fall Club CBG Hallowfest