The President's Circle

Welcome to the January E-Newsletter

Dear President’s Circle Member,

As this new year begins, I am thrilled to announce that we recently commissioned renowned landscape architects Mikyoung Kim of Mikyoung Kim Design and Peter Wirtz of Wirtz International to create two new display gardens. The Chicago Botanic Garden has emerged as one of the world’s great botanic gardens over the past four decades, and these new additions will further transform this living museum, continuing its metamorphosis from a neglected, degraded plot of land into a legendary center of horticultural beauty, environmental education, and conservation research.

Mikyoung Kim’s preliminary plan offers a gateway to nature for children and their families entering the Learning Campus on the Garden’s north end. Her design, which includes a canopy walk, an apiary for an apple orchard, and a series of multisensory gardens, offers a vibrant central place for discovery. Kim is excited about the opportunity to work with the Chicago Botanic Garden. “It’s like an artist having a painting in the Museum of Modern Art,” she said, adding, “This Garden project represents the future of learning environments for kids."

Peter Wirtz described his goal in designing the Greenhouse and Nursery Campus garden on the south campus as “giving this relatively unknown part of the Garden a new soul.” His preliminary design features a curvilinear scheme of lush plantings, using trees and structures to create areas for shade-loving plants; garden scientists and horticulturists will use this garden for research, while visitors will enjoy its aesthetic appeal.

We are honored to have Mikyoung Kim and Peter Wirtz working with us on these important new projects (click here for more details). To bring them to life, we will need to raise millions of dollars over the next few years. As members of our President’s Circle, your support will be an important part of helping these gardens take form.

You're invited!

Three Friends of WinterThree Friends of Winter Bonsai Silhouette Show Preview Party

Friday, January 25
5:30 to 8 p.m.
$75 per person

This magical evening, exclusively for members of the President’s Circle and Director’s Circle, features the Garden’s Three Friends of Winter bonsai silhouette show. Enjoy a presentation by Kris Jarantoski, executive vice president and director; tours by Ivan Watters, bonsai curator; and sushi, sake, and shakuhachi music. The Garden’s new book, Bonsai: A Patient Art, will be available for purchase.

Click here to register for this event, or call (847) 835-6925.

The book is supported by Garden board member Robert H. Malott.
Three Friends of Winter is supported by the Astellas USA Foundation

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GinkoGinkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot
Peter Crane Lecture and Book Signing

Thursday, March 14
4 to 5 p.m. Reception
5 to 6:30 p.m. Lecture and book signing
$20 per person

An arboreal oddity with one of the longest of all botanical pedigrees, ginkgo has a life story deeply intertwined with that of our planet. Inspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London’s Kew Gardens since the 1760s, renowned botanist, former director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Yale University dean Sir Peter Crane explores the evolutionary history of the species in this special engagement. Come hear the ginkgo’s story, followed by a signing of Crane’s new book, Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot.

Click here to register for this event.

IRA Gift Opportunity

A provision of the recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 may allow some of you to withdraw funds from your IRAs without penalty and make a gift to charity. Please consult your financial advisor to learn if this type of transfer is best for your situation. Click here for more information.

calendar of events

The complete 2013 listing of President’s Circle events is now available.

The inspiring and restorative beauty of the Chicago Botanic Garden can never be overestimated. Even on a frigid winter afternoon under heavy skies the Garden is lovely, offering panoramic views in a serene montage of silver, gray, and black. Spring’s annual explosion of color and sound seems, for the moment, very far away.

I hope you will join me at the first President’s Circle event of 2013, a special evening centering on the Three Friends of Winter bonsai silhouette show and featuring a presentation by Kris Jarantoski, executive vice president and director.

With gratitude for your loyalty and support, and wishing you a wonderful new year,

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Betsy Hough
Ben Lenhardt
President’s Circle

In This Issue:

Bonsai Preview
Peter Crane
IRA Gift