Dear President’s Circle Member,
The official start of summer is June 20, but the Garden is just a couple of weeks away from the "real" start of the season—its 40th. From Saturday, June 2, through Labor Day, we offer extended summer hours daily until 9 p.m. I hope you and your families can spend even more time at the Garden during these wonderfully long, warm days.
The Garden's first Saturday in June is notable for more than our first extended hours of summer. That morning, beginning at 9 a.m., we celebrate World Environment Day and dedicate the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden. Please join us for what promises to be an informative and fun day for all ages. Children will be especially excited to visit our new Butterflies & Blooms butterfly exhibition, on the lawn of the Learning Campus near the Children's Growing Garden.
Our 12th Antiques & Garden Fair last month attracted an enthusiastic crowd; co-chairs Cathy Busch, Jen Kasten, and Peggy Swartchild created a lovely Preview Evening—as you can see in the photos below—and the Fair's overall success speaks to the creativity and organizational skills of co-producers Donna LaPietra, Jane O'Neil, and Susan Canmann. Many thanks to these amazing women!
A Bloomin' Festival
and Preview Evening
Members-only Preview Evening
Thursday, May 17
4 to 7 p.m.
Enjoy priority shopping, a light dinner, and beer or wine at tonight's A Bloomin' Festival Preview Evening for members and their guests. A Bloomin' Festival, including the 46th annual spring plant sale sponsored by the Woman's Board of the Chicago Botanic Garden, is from Friday to Sunday, May 18 to 20. Find out more about the Festival, make your reservation for tonight's Preview Evening, and download the Bloomin' Festival Plant Catalog.
Opening of the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden & World Environment Day
Saturday, June 2
Visit the new Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden, dedicated at a 9 a.m. opening ceremony followed by tours and activities until 4 p.m.—including the inauguration of our new Butterflies & Blooms butterfly exhibition. Join the Garden's fifth annual celebration of World Environment Day, featuring activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in designated areas of the Garden. WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling and Bob Jordan, WGN-TV News at Nine weekend anchor, are the keynote speakers.
R.S.V.P. for the Children's Growing Garden dedication ceremony.
Register online for the World Environment Day keynote presentation.
Natural Vistas: Chicago's Heirloom Landscapes
Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hear the story of Chicago's rich landscape legacy in a special Chicago Botanic Garden–Library of American Landscape History event led by LALH Trustee Darrel Morrison and featuring the LALH's world premiere of the film Designing in the Prairie Spirit. Discover two new books, Graceland Cemetery: A Design History and The Native Landscape Reader, which the authors will discuss. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Register online or call the President's Circle at (847) 835-8261.
Summer Dinner Dance
Friday, June 22, 7 p.m.
Fee: $750 per ticket;
$7,500 per table
The Ninth Annual Summer Dinner Dance celebrates the Garden's 40th anniversary and the start of summer. The black-tie soiree begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by an intimate dinner dance in the Krasberg Rose Garden. Proceeds support the Garden's conservation, education, and research programs.
Call (847) 835-6944 for more information and to make a reservation.
Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening
This year's 12th Antiques & Garden Fair was a resounding success, beginning with the elegant Preview Evening on Thursday, April 19. Proceeds from the Preview Evening benefit the Garden's conservation, education, and research programs.
Advance Registration Available!
Gardens of Distinction: Town and Country with Douglas Hoerr
Thursday, July 19, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year the President's Circle signature event is a visit to gardens designed by Douglas Hoerr. We will start by visiting three North Shore suburban gardens, travel downtown for lunch overlooking the Hoerr-designed landscape at The Arts Club of Chicago, and conclude with a tour of two private gardens in Lincoln Park. Supported by PrivateBank.
Call (847) 835-6925 to make a reservation.
Soon I will be relaxing at the Garden as the sun sets, enjoying the special Evenings programs with my family. One special Hot Summer Nights program this summer is on July 12, when we commemorate the Garden's 40th anniversary with hits from 1972 featuring the Dave Ivaz Orchestra. (You may want to start digging around for those boogie shoes in the back of your closet!)
Whether your Garden visit includes dancing or not, there is always something here for you. The Garden is a place of great beauty, compelling programs, in-depth research, and educational opportunity—all made possible in large part because of its President's Circle members. Thank you for helping the Garden to keep growing, in every season.
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden