While opening the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center alone makes 2009 a remarkable year, the Garden has many accomplishments to celebrate. Among them are the expansion of the Green Youth Farm program to a fourth location, and the successful launch of the Cook County Sheriff’s Boot Camp Garden—two examples of the Garden’s commitment to community outreach and education. Teaching young people how to plant, care for, and take to market or neighborhood food banks organically grown produce opens doors to better nutrition and new jobs that often lead to better lives.
Each of us has many opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, and the examples we set in our lives, in turn, encourage others to do the same. Next year I resolve to get outside in the Garden more. I am writing this having just returned from a walk through Evening Island and the Dixon Prairie, through the Production Greenhouses, Plant Science Center, and beside the Malott Japanese Garden islands along the east road. It’s quiet today—our first snow—and absolutely beautiful. I feel renewed and optimistic for the future. We are so fortunate for this wonderful place.
The Garden is deeply grateful for the support from President’s Circle. If you have not yet made your 2009 Annual Fund gift, I respectfully request that you use our online system to do so at this time. Your support of the annual fund makes all we do—all we are in people’s lives—possible.
Thank you for your support and encouragement this year, and for being magnificent members of the Garden community. I look forward to seeing you at the next President’s Circle event in January.
With best wishes for a happy and healthy new year,