Read Sophia's letter on the importance of effective stormwater management
practices and how the Plant Science Center's Green Roof Gardens and
Rainwater Glen will help Garden scientists further our knowledge about these
Please click here to read Sophia's letter in full.
Summer Evenings at the Garden for President’s Circle members
Bring your blanket and picnic dinner, or pick up snacks, a bottle of wine, or grilled selections from the Garden Café, and enjoy a variety of musical performances set against beautiful Garden waterside vistas.
Exclusive President’s Circle members’ seating areas will be reserved for the following evening programs:
Monday, July 20, 7 p.m.
Dr. Jeremy Chesman is the university carillonist and assistant professor of music at Missouri State University. Click here to view Dr. Chesman’s performance program. Reserved seating will be available at McGinley Pavilion with a sweeping view of Evening Island illuminated.
Hot Summer Nights
Thursday, July 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
Idy Ciss & Thiossane bring West African music and dance to life. Idy, who is from Senegal, is a full time member of the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. Reserved seating will be available at McGinley Pavilion—don’t forget your blanket!
Wednesday, August 5, 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Bring the children in your life and enjoy this lively, interactive evening. Dave Rudolf will have you and your family swinging from the trees and roaring like a lion during It’s a Jungle Out There. Reserved seating will be available for both performances along the Esplanade. Dancin’ Sprouts is designed for children between 2 and 7 years old.
Music on the Esplanade
Tuesday, September 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
The Mojo Daddies will have you humming to a balanced mix of originals and cover tunes. Don’t miss this up-and-coming Chicagoland area rock band. Reserved seating will be available along the Esplanade.
Plant Science Center Opening Dinner with Michael Pollan
Monday, September 21
Join us for the grand opening of the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center Benefit Dinner with remarks by Michael Pollan, author of Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World, and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.
Invitations will be mailed in mid-July. Please save the date.
Introduction to Rain Gardens,
Plant Science Center
Tuesday, October 6, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Join Bob Kirschner, Woman’s Board Endowed Curator of Aquatic Plant and Urban Lake Studies, to tour the Rainwater Glen, which will surround the new Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, and learn how rain gardens can be incorporated into your own residential landscape.
Online class registration will be required ($19 per member / $24 per nonmember). Please check here for course availability.
On behalf of the board and staff of the Garden, I would like to pay special tribute to William Hagenah. This June, Will retired from his role as chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he held for seven years, setting new standards for dedication, generosity, and service. I am tremendously grateful to Will for his extraordinary leadership and support.
I am delighted to announce that Susan Willetts, a longtime President's Circle member, is the new chairman of the Board. Susan's heartfelt devotion to the Garden's mission and service as co-chair of the Science Initiative Task Force make her the right person to help lead the Garden into its extraordinary future.
Every day, it is an honor and privilege to serve the Chicago Botanic Garden and I am so grateful for your support. You help us bring joy to people’s lives and save the planet by saving the plants. Please know I would love to hear from you at any time with your thoughts. Thank you so very much.
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden
In this Issue:
• Letter from Sophia
• Volunteer Award
• Evenings Events
• Plant Science
• Rain Gardens
The President's Circle Steering Committee
President and CEO
May Cat Kneibler