The President's Circle

Welcome to the March E-Newsletter

Students on a field tripRead Sophia's letter on the breadth of lifelong educational opportunities the Garden is committed to offering—now and in the future—as the Garden, along with the many audiences it serves, keeps growing.

You're invited!

Antiques & Garden FairAntiques & Garden Fair
Preview Evening

Thursday, April 15, 6 – 10 p.m.

Celebrate the 10th year of the Antiques & Garden Fair as it returns to the Garden in 2010! Enjoy priority shopping and elegant fare. Ticket prices begin at $200.

Click here for more information, or call (847) 835-6944.

The Antiques & Garden Fair runs April 16 – 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Buy one-day passes online or visit the Information Desk in the Visitor Center.

A Bloomin' FestivalA Bloomin’ Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 14 – 16
Members-Only Preview Night,
May 13, 4 – 7 p.m

Kick off the 2010 growing season with A Bloomin’ Festival, a new event combining A Bloomin’ Sale and an open-air market. A Bloomin' Sale returns with an incomparable array of plants on sale at this popular annual Garden event, brought to you by the Woman’s Board. The market will feature vendors selling fresh produce, pottery, honey, baked goods, and much more. Enjoy gardening demonstrations, shop while listening to live music, and bring your home garden tools for sharpening!

Register online for the Preview Night.

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Going Green as a FamilyGoing Green as a Family in McDonald Woods

Sunday, May 16, 2 – 4 p.m.
$25 per person

Presidentís Circle members are invited to explore the McDonald Woods with their family and friends. Woodland conservation activities and seasonal snacks will make this the perfect spring afternoon!

A Sunday Afternoon with Judith TankardA Sunday Afternoon with Judith Tankard

Sunday, May 23
Lecture: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Alsdorf Auditorium
Reception: 4 – 6 p.m., hosted at a private Glencoe residence
$25 per person

Presented by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Join landscape historian and author Judith Tankard as she discusses her newest book, Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes. Invitations will be mailed in early April to Presidentís Circle Sustaining, Laureate, and Chairmanís Circle members and Breasted Society members of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

Upcoming Garden Events

A Tale of a Secret GardenA Tale of a Secret Garden

Sunday, April 25, 1:30 Ė 3:30 p.m., Plant Science Center

Author Lucinda Fleeson discusses Robert Allerton’s Hawaiian estate and one of the most secretive of the great gardens of the world. In this talk, Ms. Fleeson will share some of the hidden Allerton history, as well as the estate’s evolution into part of a national center for plant conservation. Her book, Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island, will be available for purchase and signing following the lecture.

Register online.

Upcoming Events

Please click on each of the photos above for information on these fun Garden events.

With spring beckoning, the Garden—a living laboratory for students and visitors of all ages—will soon awaken from its winter slumber to remind us anew how lucky we are to have it.

Every day, it is an honor and privilege to serve the Chicago Botanic Garden. Your help makes it possible for people to enjoy beautiful gardens, and to live better, healthier, and more satisfying lives. Please know I would love to hear from you any time.

With warm regards,

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden

In this Issue:

Sophia's Letter
Antiques &
   Garden Fair
A Bloomin'
Going Green
Judith Tankard
Tale of a
   Secret Garden

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
Robert Gordon
Tricia Hagenah
Will Hagenah
Florence Hart
Mary Hill
Marci Holzer
Betsy Karp
Jennifer Kasten
May Cat Kneibler
Cindy Lenhardt
Laura Linger
Anne Loucks
Stephanie Madigan
John McEnaney
Brooks Morgan
Terry Moritz
Michael Rhoades
Arch Shaw
Charlene Shaw
Robert Shaw
Susan Stone
Pam Szokol
Ernest Waud
Nicole Williams
Heather Wright
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