Every year at the Chicago Botanic Garden, we gather to enjoy Wonderland Express, a magical experience that is now a cherished tradition. Outdoors, families and friends discover a magnificent landscape twinkling with nearly a million lights and a three-story holiday tree. Indoors, they enter a world where miniature trains glide past handcrafted Chicago landmarks, and where tropical and desert plants, enjoying the protection of heated greenhouses, fragrantly bloom despite the temperature outside. Please save Tuesday, November 22 for the annual Wonderland Express Preview Celebration for Guild and President’s Circle members.
While 2012—the year of the Garden’s 40th anniversary—is still weeks away, it is never too early for families with children to plan for Camp CBG. Popular sessions fill quickly, so I encourage President’s Circle members to take advantage of priority registration between November 7 and December 4. In addition to our traditional weeklong camps, next year there will be new two-week sessions and four new camp themes. Plus, many of next year’s camps will take advantage of the new Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden, which is almost complete and will be planted in the spring and dedicated next June.
The winter issue of Keep Growing, which begins arriving in homes early next month, will explore the ways in which the Garden’s reach and impact are expanding nationally and internationally. There is an article on our Conservation Land Management Internship Program, which hires college graduates from across the country for paid internships providing training and work experience in the western United States. In another article, you will read about a plant-collecting expedition led by Galen Gates, the Garden’s curator of herbaceous plants, to the Republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe.
Fall and winter are incredible seasons at the always-beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden. I hope you will visit the Garden soon and return often. I anticipate the pleasure of seeing you and your family and friends while you are here.
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden