The President's Circle

Welcome to the October E-Newsletter


Dear President’s Circle Member,

Iíd like to acknowledge volunteer photographer Bill Bishoff, who works tirelessly with Garden photographer Robin Carlson. Bill recently came to the Garden early in the morning in search of a great fall photo. He found one. His photograph, below, reminds us all that no matter how busy our days may be, the Garden always offers peace and beauty. Thank you, Bill!

Photo by Bill Bishoff

I hope you were able to attend Kris Jarantoskiís recent presentation on the history of the Chicago Botanic Garden, in celebration of the Gardenís 40th anniversary. Kris joined the Garden in 1977, just five years after it opened to the public, and he has participated in every phase of its development. Like the Garden, Krisís role has evolved; he began his employment here as an assistant horticulturist and is now the Gardenís executive vice president and director. If you missed his first presentation, donít worryóKris will speak again on the Gardenís history at 1 p.m. on November 8.

ScoutThe Garden offers festive events on select weekends this month—including Trains, Tricks & Treats and HallowFest—but any time in October is a good time to come and experience the brilliant colors and cool temperatures of the season. The furriest member of my family, Scout, will join the Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday, October 20. What a great reason to visit the Garden, be outside with family on a gorgeous fall day, and dress up Scout (she’s a good sport). Her brother might even join us! I hope you and your families—and your dogs—can come, too. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time.


You're invited!

Post-Election Tax Planning: Now What?

Tuesday, November 13
8:30 to 10 a.m.


Join two outside experts for a presentation of possible tax policy changes on the horizon given election results, and an objective discussion of estate and tax planning considerations. This is an open educational forum without ties to products or services.

To register for this free event, contact Kelly Studdert at kstuddert@chicagobotanic.org or (847) 835-6958.


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.


Donít miss the seventh annual All Aboard! celebration, presented by the Womanís Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society. Highlights of this special evening ďA La RusseĒ include sumptuous dining, evocative dťcor, caviar, a vodka bar, and an appearance by Golossa, a Russian singing group. Proceeds will support the Gardenís Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest community gardening programs.

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



save the date


Camp CBGPresidentís Circle Priority Registration for Camp CBG

Monday, November 12

Presidentís Circle members are invited to take advantage of priority registration for Camp CBG programs in 2013. Registration opens to the public on December 3.

Early registration for Presidentís Circle members is via telephone only at (847) 835-6801.


Three Friends of WinterBonsai Silhouette Show Preview Party

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


This magical evening, exclusively for members of the Presidentís Circle and Directorís Circle, showcases the Gardenís Three Friends of Winter bonsai silhouette show. Three Friends of Winter is supported by the Astellas USA Foundation.



The worldís first botanical garden, Orto Botanico, was created in Padua, Italy, in 1545, and it still preserves its original layoutóa circular plot representing the world, surrounded by water. It has a library of more than 50,000 volumes, and also houses an impressive herbarium. Does this sound familiar? Indeed, some similarities of this venerable botanic garden to the Chicago Botanic Garden are striking. Yet the visionaries and architects who conceived and shaped the Chicago Botanic Garden were inspired by an eighteenth-century water garden that once flourished near Beijing, ďThe Garden of Perfect Brightness.Ē

Clearly, a powerful human connection to land and water independent of nationality and geography is at the heart of why we grow, preserve, and study the plants upon which our lives depend. In just 40 years, the Chicago Botanic Garden has achieved recognition as a major botanical garden of the world. As this anniversary year nears its end, I thank each of you in the Presidentís Circle for keeping the tradition of botanic gardens and all they accomplish a priority.

All the best,


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Betsy Hough
Ben Lenhardt
Presidentís Circle
Co-chairs

In This Issue:

Tax Planning
Wonderland
   Express Preview
All Aboard!
Camp CBG
Bonsai Preview