The President's Circle

Welcome to the November E-Newsletter


Dear President’s Circle Member,

Anticipation. The dictionary defines this word as “expectation” and for me, it also conveys excitement and hope—the kind that is unique to the holiday season. Here at the Chicago Botanic Garden, as we enter the cycle of winter holidays, I’m happily anticipating Wonderland Express, which opens on November 23. I hope to see you at the preview family celebration for President’s Circle and Guild members next Tuesday (more below). On December 5, you may also want to try a new event, Holiday Cheers!, a tasting of spirits, wine, and winter brews held on the month and day Prohibition ended in 1933.

By now you have received the winter issue of Keep Growing. Inside are details about Wonderland Express and the Three Friends of Winter bonsai silhouette show, as well as a then-and-now look at Dixon Prairie and profiles of the Woman’s Board, our Conservation Land Management interns, and the “Rodeo Farm,” a new 1.5-acre site in Chicago for urban agricultural jobs training. If holiday gifts are a challenge, you’ll be glad to read about our new customized greeting cards, for which you select from our best Garden photos and write the message appearing inside the cards; the beautiful book Bonsai: A Patient Art, featuring the Garden’s Bonsai Collection—board member and bonsai enthusiast Robert H. Malott supported publication of this book; and the new eau de parfum Tru Blooms Chicago, scented with roses and lavender grown locally, including at the Garden. A tribute gift to the Garden to honor someone who “has it all” may also be a refreshing gesture this season.


You're invited!

WEX PreviewPresident's Circle and Guild
Wonderland Express
Family Celebration


Tuesday, November 20
5 to 8:30 p.m.


This special evening features fun for the entire family, including a preview of the Wonderland Express exhibition. Wonderland Express is supported by ComEd, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Discover, Drinker Biddle, and Grainger.

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


All Aboard!All Aboard! Gala Dinner

Thursday, November 29
Cocktails, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m.


Don’t miss the seventh annual All Aboard! celebration, presented by the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society. Highlights of this special evening “A La Russe” include sumptuous dining, evocative décor, caviar, a vodka bar, and an appearance by Golossa, a Russian singing group. Proceeds will support the Garden’s Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest community gardening programs.

For tickets and information, please call (847) 835-6944.



save the date


Three Friends of WinterThree Friends of Winter Bonsai Silhouette Show Preview Party

Friday, January 25
5:30 to 8 p.m.


This magical evening, exclusively for members of the President’s Circle and Director’s Circle, showcases the Garden’s Three Friends of Winter bonsai silhouette show. Three Friends of Winter is generously supported by the Astellas USA Foundation.



Exciting as it is, the winter holiday season can also be exhausting. When holiday anticipation is dampened by yet another list of chores, remember that the Garden always offers an antidote to the season’s occasionally frenzied pace. Our perennials have been put to bed for winter, but outside at the Garden there is a new sort of beauty to enjoy as evergreens and the bare branches of deciduous trees and shrubs, with their fascinating forms and textures, take center stage. I intend to step away from my to-do list and walk through the Garden often this winter, and I hope you to do the same. Each season here offers respite from the stresses of the outside world through the “nurture of nature.”

Happy holidays!

With gratitude for all you have done for the Garden,


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Betsy Hough
Ben Lenhardt
President’s Circle
Co-chairs

In This Issue:

Wonderland
   Express Preview
All Aboard!
Bonsai Preview