The President's Circle

Welcome to the November E-Newsletter


Dear President’s Circle Member,

As I write this letter, I am watching the rain and wind buffet the serviceberry bushes outside my office window and am reminded that there are many ways—indoors and out—to enjoy the Chicago Botanic Garden.

For me, one of many indoor Garden treasures is the Lenhardt Library. Located in the Regenstein Center, the Library is an inspiring place to read or study, and it provides a calm, restorative oasis. This winter, my family and I are planning for a spring kitchen garden renovation; the Library's outstanding magazine and book collection will be an invaluable resource.

Tomorrow, a library exhibition opens that I believe you won't want to miss. On loan from the Negaunee Foundation, Highgrove Florilegium features one of only 175 two-volume sets commissioned by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. A free library talk this Sunday at 2 p.m. will review the traditions inspiring this art-filled form of botanical history.



You're invited!

Guild and President’s Circle Wonderland Express Preview CelebrationGuild and President’s Circle Wonderland Express Preview Celebration

Tuesday, November 22
4:30 to 7 p.m.


Don't miss the annual Wonderland Express Preview Celebration. Brighter and more festive than ever, this special evening features fun for the whole family, as well as a preview of Wonderland Express before it opens to the public! Enjoy candy-cane-making demonstrations, beeswax-candle rolling, hot-cocoa mix-making, picture-frame decorating, a dinner buffet, and more! The Preview Celebration is generously supported by Bartlett Tree Experts.

Click here to register for this event, or call (847) 835-6925.


Camp CBGPresident's Circle Priority Registration for Camp CBG

November 7

President's Circle members are invited to take advantage of priority registration for Camp CBG programs in 2012. Registration opens to the public on December 5.

Please call the President's Circle hotline at (847) 835-6925 for more information.



save the date

Three Friends of WinterBonsai Silhouette Show Preview Party

Thursday, January 26, 2012
5 to 7 p.m.


President's Circle members are invited to an evening showcasing the Garden's Three Friends of Winter Bonsai Silhouette Show. Look for more information coming soon!


tribute gift program

Consider dedicating a Lenhardt Library book for that special someone this holiday season! For a donation of $50 to $150 (starting at $500 for Rare Books), a personalized bookplate will be placed on the inside front cover of the title you select. It's a thoughtful holiday gift or tribute.


Upcoming Events

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



Following unexpected delays, I am pleased to report that the project to restore the shoreline of the Garden's North Lake is scheduled to begin soon. This project, requiring the lake to be fenced and drained, means snowshoeing is on hiatus until late next year. Until then, enjoy many other cold-weather pleasures at the Garden. I hope to see you around the Garden soon.

With warm regards for a Happy Thanksgiving,


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Jane O’Neil
Ben Lenhardt
President’s Circle
Co-chairs

In This Issue:

WEX Preview
Camp CBG
Bonsai Preview
Tribute Gifts
Hanukkah Dinner Highgrove Florilegium Wonderland Express Special Events