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


Dear President’s Circle Member,

Every June, we publish the Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual report and update the website for our ten-year strategic plan, “Keep Growing.” I hope you take a few minutes this month to visit the strategic plan website, which includes our annual report. You’ll discover the many ways the Garden grew in 2012, the third year of our strategic plan, and learn about our future priorities as well. Please let me know what you think; I value your opinion.

This past spring the Garden lost a former leader, Roy Taylor, Ph.D. Roy, who died on May 2, came to Chicago in 1985 from the UBC Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada, and he served as president and director of the Garden until 1994. Under his guidance the Garden expanded significantly, adding nine display areas, growing research and evaluation programs—such as Chicagoland Grows®—and establishing a number of educational programs. Though Roy’s primary responsibilities at the Garden were administrative, he never lost touch with his roots as a botanist. We owe much of our focus in plant conservation to the high priority Roy Taylor placed on the subject, and we are grateful for his leadership of the Garden during such formative years.

I am honored to be serving on President Toni Preckwinkle's and General Superintendent Arnold Randall's Next Century Conservation Plan Commission for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The Commission held its launch on June 12, and I encourage you to look at this new website to learn about the vision for the future. Letter continues...



You're invited!

Gardens of DistinctionGardens of Distinction: Scott Byron

Tuesday, July 16
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $125


This year’s signature event for President’s Circle members offers a unique opportunity to tour exceptional local private gardens designed and created by Scott Byron. A leader in landscape design, construction, maintenance, and management, Scott Byron and Co. has thrived in an industry ever changing in style, technical services, and ecological and sustainability issues. The tour departs from and returns to the Visitor Center. Lunch is provided; dress comfortably.
Generously supported by The PrivateBank.

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



photo album

World Environment DayWorld Environment Day Festivities

On Saturday, June 1, the Garden celebrated World Environment Day with activities centered on conservation and sustainability. Butterflies & Blooms, the Garden’s butterfly exhibition, also opened for its second season. These photos capture the excitement and success of the day. Generously supported by American Airlines, Bartlett Tree Experts, Baxter International Inc., Illinois Tool Works (ITW), and UL LLC.

A Rare AffairA Rare Affair

The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society hosted cocktails, dinner, and a live and silent auction of rare plants on Friday, June 7. These plants were gathered from foreign collecting expeditions, private collections, and new introductions, and many were of unusual size or form. Proceeds from 2013 will support renovation of the English Walled Garden as well as restoration of areas damaged by the emerald ash borer. A Rare Affair was made possible by the generous support of BNY Mellon Wealth Management.


save the date

Mariani LandscapeA Special Indian Summer
Gardens of Distinction


Friday, September 13
1 to 5 p.m.

Tour gardens designed by Mariani Landscape. Details will be forthcoming in the next newsletter.


Harvest BallHarvest Ball

Saturday, September 21

The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden hosts this fun and elegant party on the beautiful early fall grounds of the Garden with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction featuring domestic and international vacation packages.



calendar of events

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



Earlier this year when Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, announced the Summer of Learning initiative, the Garden was pleased to join this public-private effort to infuse learning into the summer break for children and teens. The Garden has long offered programs that engage, educate, and employ Chicago Public Schools (CPS) youth, and we look forward to our first season of involvement with this innovative new summer program, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Please click here for more on the Summer of Learning and the digital badges that participants receive for their achievements in this innovative program.

I am humbled by the commitment that each of you in the President’s Circle brings to the Garden. Thank you for your support. It means the world to us as we work on behalf of the world’s plants!


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Dorothy Gardner
Jim DeYoung
President’s Circle
Co-chairs

In This Issue:

Gardens of
   Distinction
Photo Album
Save the Date
Calendar