The President's Circle

Welcome to the September E-Newsletter


Dear President’s Circle Member,

As you know, we are in the process of creating a dedicated campus for education at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Our new Learning Campus will be a national center of excellence in gardening, science, and environmental education—and a focal point of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Earlier this month, on a brilliant late-summer day, we dedicated the Campus’s newest component, the Kleinman Family Cove. I encourage you to visit this remarkable place, which will teach a new generation of land stewards and environmental scientists—our children—about the importance of healthy aquatic environments. We also celebrated the reopening of the North Lake following completion of the Garden’s shoreline restoration project, which includes 120,000 native plants, the largest perennial planting in the Garden’s history. (See the Chicago Tribune story and video.)


You're invited!

Kris Jarantoski40th Anniversary Celebration and History of the Garden

Tuesday, October 2
1 to 3 p.m.
Presented by Kris Jarantoski,
executive vice president and director of the Chicago Botanic Garden


Join Kris for a visual presentation of the Gardenís development during the past 40 years, showing construction of the lagoons and nine islands and some of the people who were instrumental in making it happen. Kris has been with the Garden for more than 35 years, and he will share his memories of its past. Supported by Bartlett Tree Experts.

Register online or call (847) 835-6925.



save the date


WEX PreviewPresident's Circle and Guild
Wonderland Express
Family Celebration


Tuesday, November 20

This special evening features fun for the entire family, including a preview of the Wonderland Express exhibition.


Kris JarantoskiAll Aboard! Celebration

Thursday, November 29

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.

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



I love this season of transition. Change is in the air, as families adjust to new schedules and another season of harvest arrives. At the Garden, itís time to say goodbye to our Summer Evenings programs, and to events like the summer art festival and Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. They will return next year; meanwhile, a cornucopia of fall activities beckons. You wonít want to miss the Fall Bulb Festival from October 5 to 7, as well as new flower shows and exhibitions. Please visit our web calendar for updated information on everything the Garden has to offer.

The beginning of fall is my favorite time to visit the Dixon Prairie, where goldenrod, New England aster, and prairie dock are among the many plants in bloom, and where the atmosphere is alive with birdsong and the buzz of insects. Soon, autumnís spectacular show of color will begin. I look forward to seeing you at the Garden as we move into fall, enjoying the cooler temperatures and changing landscape.

With warm regards,


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden


Sophia Siskel
President & CEO

Betsy Hough
Ben Lenhardt
Presidentís Circle
Co-chairs

In This Issue:

40th Anniversary
Wonderland
   Express Preview
All Aboard!