Dear President’s Circle Member,
As we end one year and prepare to begin another, I hope you will feel free to share with me your perspective on the value of your membership in the President’s Circle. The renewed President’s Circle celebrated its third anniversary this fall, and three years’ experience has taught us a lot about the types of events you love, those you don’t, and what helps you feel connected to the Chicago Botanic Garden. We will incorporate the best of past events into our 2011 calendar, which we will send to you in January. We are always looking for more ideas—so keep them coming!
Most recently, at our annual President’s Circle family holiday party, 200 people over three generations enjoyed the Garden’s traditional charm, both inside and out. Delightfully decorated with nearly one million twinkling lights, magical miniature trains gliding by cherished landmarks, freshly blooming orchids, handcrafted wreaths, unique Garden-grown poinsettia, and a majestic Christmas spruce on the Esplanade, the Garden is the perfect place to enjoy the holidays. If you weren’t able to join us at the party this year, you can enjoy Wonderland Express through Sunday, January 2, and, weather permitting, Snowshoeing at the Garden through February 28. Throughout all four seasons, the Chicago Botanic Garden is committed to offering you and your family peace and delight.
We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. I am committed to communicating to you, the most committed members of the Garden, all relevant Garden news as soon as possible. I hope that this year you have been able to take a look at the “Keep Growing” strategic plan website and have appreciated the changes in our member magazine. We will have a lot to share with you in 2011—including a new bridge, new children’s campus entry drive and growing garden, a significant effort at shoreline restoration, and possibly more. Your commitment to the Chicago Botanic Garden makes everything we accomplish possible.
Bonsai Silhouette Show Preview Party
Thursday, January 27, 2011
5 to 7 p.m.
$40 per person
Don’t miss this magical evening, exclusively for President’s Circle members. Join bonsai curator, Ivan Watters, on an informal tour of this one-of-a-kind exhibition, which features deciduous trees from the Garden’s Bonsai Collection, while enjoying traditional Japanese music, festive refreshments, and hors d’oeuvres.
Register online or call the President’s Circle hotline, (847) 835-6925.
President’s Circle Priority
Registration for Camp CBG
President’s Circle members are invited to take advantage of priority registration for Camp CBG programs in 2011.
Please call the President’s Circle hotline at (847) 835-6925 to register or for more information.
Wonderland Express Preview Celebration
On November 23, members of the President’s Circle and the Guild, along with their families, previewed Wonderland Express before it opened to the public. Families enjoyed cookie decorating, rides on a trackless outdoor train, and candy-cane making demonstrations. Thank you to everyone who attended this festive evening in honor of the holiday season.
save the date
Chicago Flower and Garden Show
March 5 to 13, 2011
Members of the Chicago Botanic Garden receive a $2 discount on admission tickets to Chicago’s annual Flower & Garden Show with valid proof of membership.
Upcoming Garden Events
Sessions begin January 5, 2011
These special programs, designed for 2 to 4 year olds and their caregivers, provide opportunities for younger children to explore fruits and vegetables, discover animals, experience the changing seasons, and more. Register now for 2011 sessions.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
1 to 4 p.m.
Free Family Activities, Regenstein Center
In celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Festival of Trees, special family activities will be offered in partnership with the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section. These fun and educational drop-in activities will focus on the joy trees bring to the world. Families can explore trees in the Greenhouses; plant a seedling to take home; enjoy a reading corner filled with books about trees and Tu B’Shevat; and more.
Please click on each of the photos above for information on these fun ways to enjoy the Garden.
While I try to keep fundraising out of this letter, I must mention that this time of year is critical to our Annual Fund. The Garden’s fiscal year comes to a close on December 31; in this month we receive more than a third of our annual raised revenue. We welcome any additional donation you might be able to offer; we promise to use your investment in the Garden’s work wisely and thoughtfully.
I hope to see you at the Chicago Botanic Garden this winter. On December 24, Garden buildings and Wonderland Express close at 3 p.m., but Garden grounds will remain open until sunset. On December 25, Garden grounds only are open from 8 a.m. to sunset (and admission is free to everyone, all day). On December 26, Garden buildings reopen at 8 a.m. and Wonderland Express, including family drop-in activities, resumes at 10 a.m. See the calendar
for more information.
This season of rest prepares plants and the natural world—including we humans who humbly share it—for a promising new season in which we all keep growing—together!
Best wishes to you and yours for a very warm and happy holiday season,
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden
President & CEO
In This Issue:
• Bonsai Show
• Camp CBG
• Flower and
• Little Diggers
• Tu B’Shevat