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

Strategic Plan websiteRead Sophia's letter on the growing importance of the Garden’s website, which is where you can read the 2009 Annual Report and see how the Ten-Year Strategic Plan has come to life.





You're invited!

Rooftop Happy HourPlant Science Center
Rooftop Happy Hour


Thursday, August 26
5 to 7 p.m.
Free, cash bar


Enjoy refreshments, good company, and warm summer evening air on the Green Roof Garden of the Plant Science Center! Register online or call the Presidentís Circle hotline, (847) 835-6925, today.


Farm DinnerPresidentís Circle Farm Dinner

Thursday, September 16
5 to 8 p.m.
$200 per person


The Garden invites you to celebrate locally grown food as we bring together farmers, winemakers, breweries, and our own Green Youth Farm for a spectacular multicourse meal prepared by Cleetus Friedman.

To register for the September Presidentís Circle Farm Dinner, call (847) 835-6925. If you wish to attend in July or August, register online.
The summer Farm Dinner series is supported by Harris Bank.


save the date

Windy City Harvest Open House Windy City Harvest Open House

Wednesday, September 1
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Windy City Harvest instills confidence, healthy food awareness, and valuable business skills through training in urban agriculture.


Family Summer Send-off Family Summer Send-off
and Ice Cream Social


Sunday, September 19
4 to 6 p.m.


Donít miss the third annual Presidentís Circle Summer Send-off and Ice Cream Social! Invitations will be mailed in early August.


photo album

Summer Dinner Dance PhotosSummer Dinner Dance

Attendees enjoyed a glorious summer evening at the Garden. Thank you to all of our guests and friends who made this such a magical event.



Upcoming Garden Events

Garden Chef SeriesGarden Chef Series

Every Saturday and Sunday
through October 3, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free


Watch noted chefs prepare recipes with garden-fresh ingredients. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For a list of participating chefs, click here.


Host an InternWe Need Your Help!

Would you be interested in hosting an intern? Interns need housing while they work at the Garden (hosts do not need to provide transportation or meals). Please call Yolanda Marino, Human Resources assistant, at (847) 835-8263 with any questions.



Upcoming Events

Please click on each of the photos above for information on these fun ways to enjoy the Garden.



I hope you and your family are enjoying a very pleasant summer and everything the Chicago Botanic Garden offers during this, our busiest season. If you have any comments or suggestions, please know that I would love to hear from you. My goal is to ensure we are providing an exceptional experience every time you visit the Garden or website. I also relish any opportunity to thank our incredible, hardworking staff and volunteers for jobs well done.

With warm regards,


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Jane O’Neil
Susan Canmann
Presidentís Circle
Co-chairs

In This Issue:

Sophia's Letter
Green Roof
   Happy Hour
Farm Dinner
WCH Open
   House
Family Summer
   Send-off
Summer Dinner
   Dance Photos
Garden Chef
   Series
Host an Intern
Carillon Concert Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale Hot Summer Nights