The President's Circle

Dear President's Circle Members

Keep Growing Fall 2011While summer is coming to a close, the growing season continues. In this President’s Circle eNewsletter and in the fall issue of the Keep Growing member magazine (which begins arriving in homes next week), you will discover that this time of year provides many beautiful reasons to visit the Chicago Botanic Garden.

No matter where you stroll at the Garden, you will enjoy the best late-summer and fall-blooming plants, but I encourage you to make a special visit to the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. This special place reminds us of the power that plants have to nourish our bodies and nurture our sense of well-being—and to transform lives. So does this article by Kevin Concannon, the under secretary of the USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, on his recent trip to Chicago. You will enjoy his glowing review of our Green Youth Farm community education program.

Fall sets a colorful stage for a number of the Garden’s most popular events. In the fall issue of the magazine is information on the Fall Bulb Festival, HallowFest, the Spooky Pooch Parade, Trains, Tricks & Treats, and our newest celebration of the season: Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden, inspired by Oktoberfest and celebrated with Garden style.

In this President’s Circle eNewsletter, you will discover exclusive events for members of the President’s Circle, including next week’s Happy Hour in the Bernice E. Lavin Plant Evaluation Garden. I look forward to seeing you there!

Fall at the Chicago Botanic Garden is as beautiful and inspiring as it is rewarding and fun for people of all ages and interests. Please join me in celebrating this season—and every season!

All the best,

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden