The President's Circle

Welcome to the May E-Newsletter


Dear President’s Circle Member,

Read Sophia's letter on the importance of World Environment Day, Saturday, June 4, and her invitation to attend the opening ceremony of the Trellis Bridge.


You're invited!

A Rare AffairA Rare Affair

Friday, June 3
6 p.m.


Collectors of rare and unique plants wonít want to miss A Rare Affair, sponsored by the Womanís Board, a delightful evening featuring cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m. and dinner and a live auction at 8 p.m. Call (847) 835-8375 for more information and to purchase tickets.


An Afternoon with Piet OudolfAn Afternoon with Piet Oudolf

Tuesday, June 7
Lecture and Book Signing, 1 to 2 p.m.
Presidentís 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. Following the lecture, guests are invited to enjoy wine, beer, and hors díoeuvres during an exclusive reception in the Rose Garden.

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


Show of Summer TourShow of Summer
Behind-the-Scenes Tour


Saturday, June 11
8:30 a.m.


Join Victoria Wagner of The Garden Club of Evanston for a unique tour of the Show of Summer. Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with The Garden Club of America present this yearís competitive exhibition, ďBotanica," offering flower arrangement classes, horticulture classes, photography classes, and classes for children, as well as an exhibit on seed banking and conservation. Limited space available; please call (847) 835-6925 to reserve your spot today.


Summer Dinner DanceSummer Dinner Dance

Friday, June 24
7 p.m.


The Chicago Botanic Garden presents its annual Summer Dinner Dance! Reservations are required for this black-tie affair; $600 per person. Call (847) 835-6944 for information and to make a reservation.



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Bus Tour SeriesPresidentís Circle 2011
Bus Tour Series


Travel with Sophia Siskel and Kris Jarantoski to gardens not open to the public! Presidentís Circle members are invited to enjoy three exclusive and distinct bus tours this summer. Join the Hyde Park Adventure on June 15; Gardens of Distinction: On the Road with Craig Bergmann on July 19, generously underwritten by The PrivateBank; and the Urban Harvest Tour on July 26. Reserve early as space is limited. For more information, please call (847) 835-6925.

Upcoming Garden Events

Garden Chef SeriesGarden Chef Series

Saturdays and Sundays
May 21 through October 2
1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Centered in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Gardenís open-air amphitheater, the Garden Chef Series features noted chefs preparing recipes with garden-fresh ingredients, beginning May 21. Demonstrations are free and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


World Environment DayWorld Environment Day

Saturday, June 4
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors of all ages are invited to attend the Gardenís daylong celebration of World Environment Day. Join Sophia at 9 a.m. for the opening of the Trellis Bridge and the dedication of the Bernice E. Lavin Evaluation Garden. An informal reception follows. Don't miss the opportunity to hear the 10:30 a.m. keynote address by Nalini Nadkarni, Ph.D., a forest ecologist known as the "queen of canopy research." Click here to purchase tickets.


EveningsSummer Evenings

Monday, June 6, through Monday, September 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy free live music Monday through Thursday. Pack a picnic dinner or make a stop at the Garden Cafť and Garden Grille, and donít miss the sun setting over your favorite Garden landscape.



Do north offers

Do North The 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 donorth.org for more information and special seasonal offers!



Upcoming Events

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



Tour of the Garden Board Chairman Susan Willetts (far right) and I were delighted to accompany Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Forest Preserve District General Superintendent Arnold Randall on tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden on April 21. That afternoon our esteemed guests attended my ďState of the GardenĒ address at the April Board Meeting (which many Presidentís Circle members heard on April 28). I was grateful for the opportunity to share with them the Gardenís 2010 accomplishments, as well as the goals for the second year of the Gardenís ten-year ďKeep GrowingĒ strategic plan. The plan is increasing the Gardenís impact and relevance among the many audiences we serve.

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Jane O’Neil
Susan Canmann
Presidentís Circle
Co-chairs

In This Issue:

Sophia's Letter
A Rare Affair
Piet Oudolf
Show of Summer
Summer Dinner
   Dance
Bus Tour Series
Garden Chef
   Series
World
   Environment Day
Summer Evenings
Do North
Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival Midwest Bonsai Society Show and Sale Model Railroad Garden