The President's Circle

Welcome to the January E-Newsletter

Dear President’s Circle Member,

As the Garden begins its 40th anniversary year, we take joy in contemplating how far we've come in a very short time. So many people have helped the Garden transform from 385 acres of degraded land into a beautiful outdoor destination and one of the world's great living museums and conservation research facilities. Our gratitude is profound.

Every day, the stories I hear from those who are inspired by the Chicago Botanic Garden reinforce my commitment to nurturing plants, and people. But this undertaking is not a solo endeavor. Our efforts—including the support you provide as members of the President's Circle—are making a real difference in people's lives. From children at Camp CBG to students participating in Green Youth Farm, from the scientists in our laboratories to Master Gardener candidates, from couples enjoying a summer evening concert to individuals visiting their favorite gardens, everyone benefits from the Garden we have cultivated over the past four decades.

You're invited!

Bonsai Silhouette Show Preview PartyBonsai Silhouette Show Preview Party

Thursday, January 26, 2012
5 to 7 p.m.

President's Circle members are invited to a special Three Friends of Winter preview party, which includes an informal tour of the bonsai silhouette show, hors d'oeuvres, Japanese music, and a presentation by Kris Jarantoski, executive vice president and director of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Tickets are $50.

Register online for this event, or call (847) 835-6925.

The Palm Beach and Hobe Sound Home and Garden TourThe Palm Beach and Hobe Sound
Home and Garden Tour

Wednesday through Sunday
February 8 to 12

Reservations are still available for the Palm Beach and Hobe Sound Home and Garden Tour, a travel program exclusively planned for President's Circle members.

For more information, call Lynn Abrahamson at (847) 835-6910.

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Antiques & Garden Fair Preview EveningAntiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening

Thursday, April 19

This year's Antiques & Garden Fair at the Garden promises to be the most dazzling yet. April 19 is the Fair's Preview Evening, which you won't want to miss!

upcoming events

Upcoming Events


Saturday, January 14, to Sunday, April 8

Come experience Treewhispers, a beautiful and unique exhibition that explores our connections to trees through paper assemblages. Consider adding your own artful contribution to this dynamic, ever-evolving project.

Tu B'Shevat Family Activities

Sunday, January 29

Join us in celebration of Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish Festival of Trees. Special free family activities include planting a seedling to take home.

Little Diggers

Select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
January through April

Little Diggers resumes this month for young children and their caregivers. In these nature-themed family classes, participants learn about fruits and vegetables, discover animals, experience the changing seasons, and much more.

There's a certain clarity found during winter Garden walks, whether you're focusing on the brilliant clear sky, sparkling snow, or silhouettes of slumbering trees. I look forward to seeing you on a walk through the Garden during this wonderful season.

With best wishes for a happy and healthy new year,

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Jane O’Neil
Ben Lenhardt
President’s Circle

In This Issue:

Bonsai Preview
Palm Beach Trip
AGF Preview
Upcoming Events

Treewhispers Tu B'Shevat Little Diggers