The President's Circle

Welcome to the June E-Newsletter


Dear President’s Circle Member,

I was delighted that so many of you were able to join us on June 2 as we celebrated World Environment Day and dedicated our 25th garden, the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden. That these two events occurred on the same day was no coincidence. Rather, it was a happy melding of shared goals: World Environment Day encourages positive environmental action, and the Children's Growing Garden, as part of the Garden's new Learning Campus, encourages students from early childhood on to make meaningful connections with nature and become stewards of our environment. We also welcomed our first visitors to Butterflies & Blooms, a new butterfly exhibition open daily through September 3.

If you missed the June 2 festivities, mark your calendar for Thursday, August 23, when President's Circle members are invited to a happy hour in the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden. Meanwhile, summer's next exclusive President's Circle event is the Gardens of Distinction tour in July, described below.

I hope you will take a few minutes to review the 2011 Annual Report online. We've also updated our Strategic Plan web pages. In both, you'll discover the many ways the Garden grew last year, and will keep growing in the future.



You're invited!

Gardens of DistinctionRobie House in the Garden

Thursday, June 28
5 to 7 p.m.


The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation and hosts Megan and Frank Beidler invite you for a celebration of Robie House in the Garden, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Model Railroad Garden followed by a presentation in Alsdorf Auditorium. Join panelists David Bagnall, Robie House curator; Gunny Harboe, Robie House preservation architect; and the Beidlers, Frank Lloyd Wright homeowners, for a discussion on "Restoring Frank Lloyd Wright."

Call (312) 994-4013 or e-mail to make a reservation.


Gardens of DistinctionGardens of Distinction: Town and Country with Douglas Hoerr

Thursday, July 19
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $125
Waiting list only


This year the President's Circle signature event is a visit to gardens designed by Douglas Hoerr. We will start by visiting three North Shore suburban gardens, travel downtown for lunch overlooking the Hoerr-designed landscape at The Arts Club of Chicago, and conclude with a tour of two private gardens in Lincoln Park. Supported by PrivateBank.

Call (847) 835-6925 to add your name to the waiting list.



photo album

Photo AlbumJune 2 Festivities

On June 2, the Garden officially opened its 25th display garden, the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden, in conjunction with World Environment Day. Butterflies & Blooms, the Garden's new butterfly exhibition, also welcomed its first visitors. These photos capture all three exciting events: the dedication of the Children's Growing Garden, World Environment Day activities, and Butterflies & Blooms.


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Photo AlbumHappy Hour in the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden

Thursday, August 23
5 to 7 p.m.
$15 per person


Celebrate summer and the Chicago Botanic Garden's 25th display garden while enjoying refreshments, good company, and a lovely warm evening in the new Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden. Supported by Bartlett Tree Experts.

Register online or call the President's Circle at (847) 835-6925.



June is a spectacular month for Garden walks. Though I honestly can't say which of our 25 display gardens is my favorite—they all are incredible—I suggest a stroll through the Krasberg Rose Garden, now in full, fragrant June bloom. Our natural areas are also great options, whether you prefer the shade of McDonald Woods or the sunlit expanse of Dixon Prairie, or the in-process restoration efforts of the Barbara Brown Nature Reserve. When you walk to the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition at the Garden's north end, you'll see the Learning Campus taking shape.

We all lead busy lives, and most of us are inundated with appeals from any number of worthwhile organizations seeking support. I am so grateful that you have chosen to get involved with the Chicago Botanic Garden. Your ideas, feedback, and financial support are critical to this amazing place that improves the lives of so many people every day. As we gathered at the Children's Growing Garden on June 2, I was humbled by the presence of so many people like yourself, committed to nurturing the Chicago Botanic Garden in general and this newest of our gardens in particular. I hope you and your families visit and enjoy the Children's Growing Garden often this summer.

All the best,


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Jane O’Neil
Ben Lenhardt
President’s Circle
Co-chairs

In This Issue:

Robie House
Gardens of
   Distinction
Photo Album
Happy Hour
   Grunsfeld Garden