The President's Circle

Welcome to the March E-Newsletter

Dear President’s Circle Member,

SnowdropsRead Sophia's letter on the signs of spring that she sees—and doesn't want you to miss—at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

You're invited!

Antiques & Garden Fair Preview PartyAntiques & Garden Fair
Preview Evening

Thursday, April 14, 2011
6 to 10 p.m.

The Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening offers guests the opportunity to enjoy priority shopping, sumptuous buffets, and refreshments. Preview Evening ticket prices begin at $200 and include special pricing for advance tickets to the Friday lecture by legendary Belgian landscape architect Peter Wirtz. Tickets at the $5,000 Garden-ian Angel level also include behind-the-scenes shopping privileges beginning at 1 p.m. Call (847) 835-6944 to purchase tickets.

State of the Garden Address"State of the Garden" Address

Thursday, April 28, 2011
8 to 9:30 a.m.

Join Sophia Siskel for an informal review of the Garden’s past accomplishments and goals for the future. Breakfast refreshments will be available between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Sophia begins promptly at 8:30 a.m., followed by a question and answer session.

This is an exclusive event. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

An Evening with Andrea WulfAn Evening with Andrea Wulf

Thursday, May 18, 2011
Lecture and Book Signing, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Reception and Dinner, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
$100 per person

Andrea Wulf, noted design historian and award-winning author presents a program celebrating her newest book, The Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. After the lecture, guests are invited to tour the exhibition Plants in Print: The Age of Botanical Discovery and to enjoy an elegant dinner hosted by Cindy and Ben Lenhardt.

Register online or call the President’s Circle hotline, (847) 835-6925.


Winter Digital Photography Contest The Winter Digital Photography contest winners have been announced! View contest entries, the two Grand Prize winning photographs, and the winners in each of the following categories: Best Chicago Botanic Garden winter scene, best winter close-up/macro, best bird, best black-and-white, and best photo by a contestant under 18 years of age.

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An Afternoon with Piet OudolfAn Afternoon with Piet Oudolf

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Lecture and Book Signing, 1 to 2 p.m.
President’s Circle Rose Garden Reception, 2 to 4 p.m.
$50 per person

A leading figure in the New Wave planting movement, influential garden designer and plant breeder Piet Oudolf emphasizes plant structure as the most important aspect of a successful garden. Join Oudolf as he presents Landscapes in Landscapes, in conjunction with his new book of the same name. Landscapes in Landscapes features twenty-three of Oudolf’s most beautiful public and private gardens and will be available for purchase and signing. Following the lecture, guests are invited to enjoy wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres during an exclusive reception in the Rose Garden.

Register online in advance or call (847) 835-6925.

Upcoming Garden Events

Japanese Garden Spring WeekendJapanese Garden Spring Weekend

Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Drop-in for a free weekend of family programs celebrating spring on the Malott Japanese Garden, including seasonal haiku writing and making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, plus try other hands-on activities like a suminagashi demonstration, enjoy storytelling and musical performances.

Mother's Day BrunchMother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 8
There are three brunch seatings to choose from: 9 – 10:30 a.m.,
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 2:30 p.m.

$49.95 per member adult, $24.95 per member child (3 to 12 years), children 2 and under are free. Treat your mother to the best on Mother's Day. Enjoy a sumptuous brunch at the Garden and spend the rest of the day viewing all that spring has to offer. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes a carving station, made-to-order omelets, and an abundance of delicious selections. To reserve your member reservations, click here.

special announcement

Do North We are pleased to announce that four of the Chicago area's most acclaimed cultural attractions—Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago, Ravinia Festival, and Writers' Theatre—have joined forces to create Do North, a new consortium developed to promote the world-class cultural institutions located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Visit for more information and special offers!

Upcoming Events

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

On behalf of the Chicago Botanic Garden, please join me in congratulating Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel. Once he takes office, I look forward to meeting with the Mayor and others in his administration, and to reviewing with them the Garden’s programs serving residents of all ages and economic backgrounds in neighborhoods throughout the city. Among the many audiences we serve are Chicago Public Schools teachers and students pursuing greater knowledge in science-related subjects; at-risk youth and young adults who want education and training for jobs in sustainable urban agriculture; young men convicted of a crime seeking new opportunities for a productive life; and families lacking access to fresh and nutritious food.

I am deeply grateful for the generous support of the President’s Circle that makes possible our many programs serving all of Chicagoland. Because of you, the Chicago Botanic Garden—one of the great botanic gardens of the world, located in one of the best cites of the world!—is able to help so many people live better, healthier, and more satisfying lives.

With heartfelt appreciation for everything you do!

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Jane O’Neil
Susan Canmann
President’s Circle

In This Issue:

Sophia's Letter
AGF Preview
State of the
   Garden Address
Andrea Wulf
Photo Album
Piet Oudolf
Japanese Garden
   Spring Weekend
Mother's Day
Do North
Weekend Family Classes Orchid Society Show and Sale Camp CBG Dance Camp