Dear President’s Circle Member,
The Garden's special 40th anniversary website, forty.chicagobotanic.org, offers an engaging look at the Garden's history, with photographs and perspectives provided by members, staff, volunteers, and visitors. If you haven't seen it yet, you're in for a treat! I would love to see contributions from President's Circle members, if you feel moved to share special memories you have of the Garden.
The mild winter brought early signs of spring to the Garden, where witch hazels in the Bernice E. Lavin Evaluation Garden bloomed almost a month ahead of schedule. Thirty-five different witch hazels have just begun their evaluation in the Lavin Evaluation Garden. Fortunately, consummate plant expert Kris Jarantoski, the Garden's executive vice president and director, shared with me yesterday that he sees no other signs of abnormally early spring blooms.
This spring marks the 12th year we have hosted the Antiques & Garden Fair, proceeds of which benefit the Garden's conservation, research, and education programs. I hope to see you at the Fair's Preview Evening on April 19, and during the Fair, from April 20 to 22.
Work on the North Lake shoreline will continue this spring, with the road and path remaining closed for safety reasons throughout the week. There are many alternatives, however. I encourage you to take the path leading to the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden on March 24 and 25, for the Japanese Garden Spring Weekend. That Sunday, the Garden and the Consul General of Japan in Chicago host a special reception and cherry tree planting to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the cherry blossom festival in our nation's capitol.
Antiques & Garden Fair
Thursday, April 19
6 to 10 p.m.
Antiques & Garden Fair
Friday to Sunday, April 20 to 22
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spring's most exciting event at the Garden, the Antiques & Garden Fair, is celebrating its 12th year as the Garden celebrates its 40th. Enjoy priority shopping, sumptuous buffets, and refreshments at the special Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening on Thursday; the Fair is Friday through Sunday. Proceeds from the Preview Evening benefit the Garden's conservation, education, and research programs. On Friday, Honorary Chair David Easton presents "A Design Journey of the Past, Present, and Future," offering a perspective of garden design from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to ancient Rome and beyond. Special guest David Howard lectures on "My Gardening Life," a journey of his 40 years of gardening for H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. Prince Charles, on Saturday. The principal sponsor for the Antiques & Garden Fair is BMO Harris Bank. Supporting sponsors are American Airlines and Blackman Kallick.
upcoming garden events
Japanese Garden Spring Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate spring in the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden. Enjoy traditional special hands-on activities plus storytelling and a koto harp performance, and take a walk in the Japanese Garden. A great family outing!
Sunday, April 8; seatings at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.
Enjoy an elegant and sumptuous Easter 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 fresh, delicious selections.
Lecture: "The Resplendent Quetzal and the Birds of Guatemala's Central Highlands"
Thursday, April 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
Join Rob and Tara Cahill from Community Cloud Forest Conservation as they share their treasure trove of experiences from ten years in Guatemala's central highlands. Take a journey deep into the cloud forest and learn about the elusive Resplendent Quetzal and its natural history.
I am grateful to each of you in the President's Circle for supporting the Garden's mission, in so many meaningful ways. As you enjoy the Garden during these early spring days, know that it flourishes in large part because of your commitment to its growth.
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden