Dear President’s Circle Member,
One of my greatest pleasures is meeting the many people, like you, who share my devotion to the Chicago Botanic Garden, and my passion for ensuring its future. Together, we work to keep the Garden beautiful, vibrant, and strong. We embrace this challenging task because we believe that beautiful gardens and natural environments are fundamentally important to the mental and physical well-being of all people. We believe people lead healthier lives when they care for and enjoy gardens. And we believe that the future of humankind depends on the degree to which we all understand, value, and protect plants and their habitats.
Iím delighted that Presidentís Circle membership has continued to grow over the years, a testament not only to your dedication to the Garden but, I hope, to the fun members have at our special Presidentís Circle events. Most recently, our Gardens of Distinction tour offered a full day of gorgeous gardens, a delicious lunch, and plenty of time to socialize.
Wednesday, September 5
5 to 8 p.m.
$200 per person
Join farmers, food artisans, and makers of wine, beer, and spirits for a family-style meal prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients by Cleetus Friedman, the talented owner and chef of City Provisions. Guests will enjoy an outdoor setting in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, and Green Youth Farm students will discuss how the produce was planted, cultivated, and harvested. Proceeds from the dinner support the Gardenís Green Youth Farm program.
Generously supported by BMO Harris Bank.
Register online or call (847) 835-5440.
Windy City Harvest Open House
Wednesday, September 12
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Discover how the Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture programs are building healthier Chicago communities. Attend the Windy City Harvest open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., take a guided tour, and enjoy lunch featuring produce grown on-site.
R.S.V.P. online or call
Gardens of Distinction: Town and Country
with Douglas Hoerr
On July 19, Presidentís Circle members enjoyed this yearís signature eventóa tour of Chicago-area gardens designed by Douglas Hoerr. After visiting several North Shore suburban gardens, participants traveled downtown for lunch overlooking the Hoerr-designed landscape at The Arts Club of Chicago. The afternoon concluded with tours of two private gardens in Lincoln Park. As these photos show, a wonderful time was had by all!
Generously supported by The PrivateBank.
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40th Anniversary Celebration and History of the Garden
Tuesday, October 2
Presented by Kris Jarantoski,
executive vice president and director
of the Chicago Botanic Garden
Join Kris Jarantoski for a visual presentation of the Gardenís development during the past 40 years, showing construction of the islands and some of the people who were instrumental in making it happen. Kris has been with the Garden for more than 35 years, and he will share his memories of its past.
President's Circle and Guild Wonderland Express Family Celebration
Tuesday, November 20
This special evening features fun for the entire family, including a preview of the Wonderland Express exhibition.
Soon, crisp temperatures and dwindling daylight will signal to all of usópeople and plants alikeóthat itís time to begin preparing for autumn and then (oh! the word!) winter. In a few days, the fall issue of Keep Growing will appear in your mailbox. Inside, youíll find information about our many seasonal programs and classes, along with features on the Plant Information Service, Buehler Enabling Garden, and Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. Discover ten fall plants ideal for our area, take a then-and-now look at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, and learn more about the new Kleinman Family Cove.
Fall will arrive before we know it, but for now, letís continue to enjoy everything the Garden has to offer during these lovely, lingering days of summer.
With warm regards,
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden