The President's Circle
Welcome to the July E-Newsletter

July at the Chicago Botanic GardenRead 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 important tools.

Please click here to read Sophia's letter in full.

Upcoming President's Circle Events

Summer EveningsSummer 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:

Evenings Events
Carillon Concert
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!

Dancin’ Sprouts
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.
Save the date

Rice Science Center Opening Dinner with Michael Pollan 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.

Take a class with a Garden Scientist

Rain GardensIntroduction 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.

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


In this Issue:

Letter from Sophia
Volunteer Award
Evenings Events
Plant Science
   Center Opening
Rain Gardens

The President's Circle Steering Committee

Sophia Siskel
President and CEO

Jane O’Neil
Michael Busch

George Bodeen
Nancy Bodeen
Mary Boyer
Susan Canmann
John Deimel
Frank Farwell
John Fornengo
Dorothy Gardner
James Glasser
Alice Goltra
Kathi Grant
Tricia Hagenah
Will Hagenah
Florence Hart
Marci Holzer
Betsy Karp
Jennifer Kasten
May Cat Kneibler
Brooke Kuehnle
Cindy Lenhardt
Laura Linger
Anne Loucks
Stephanie Madigan
John McEnaney
Brooks Morgan
Terry Moritz
Jane O'Neil
Michael Rhoades
Patti Ross
Arch Shaw
Charlene Shaw
Robert Shaw
Gary Slack
Susan Spears
Susan Stone
Pam Szokol
Paula Trienens
Ernest Waud
Nicole Williams
Heather Wright