The President's Circle


PHOTO: fall at the GardenAs the end of the year approaches, I find myself reflecting on the challenges we faced, and how important the Garden has been for members and visitors during uncertain times.

During this economic winter, the Garden remained a place where people turn for beauty and joy. The importance of the Garden’s mission is demonstrated by the more than 10,000 new memberships purchased between last November and October. During the same time, the Garden offered pleasure to 767,000 visitors—125,000 more than the year before—greater understanding to 4,800 adult students and 18,500 children in school groups, and hope for the natural world to over 2,500 visitors to the new Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center.

Perhaps this vitality can be attributed to the “stay-cation” phenomenon. Rather, I like to believe that as we all focused anew on the priorities of our lives, more and more of us have developed a stronger appreciation for what is truly important—and the Garden is directly aligned with these values.

As it has for me, I hope this year has strengthened your convictions about the Gardenís importance in your life and in the lives of people throughout our community and our world, and that you will share your support as it draws to a close. Your contribution to the Gardenís Annual Fund at the Presidentís Circle level directly supports the Gardenís mission, which is as important now as ever before.

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With sincere thanks for your generous support,

Sophia Siskel
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden