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February President's Circle Letter

Dear President’s Circle Member,

The Orchid Show

The Orchid Show has arrived! I am thrilled with the tremendous response we have received since this exhibition opened just last Saturday. So many of you attended the special preview reception the evening before—wasn’t it a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? The Woman’s Board hosted the evening, and I want to thank Carolyn Katz and Lorill Haynes for co-chairing the event. I intend to return to the Orchid Show throughout its time at the Garden; there are so many beautiful blooms to see, it’s impossible to take them all in during just one visit.

I hope you were able to hear Brian Huntley’s recent lecture on South Africa’s spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, co-sponsored by the Garden Conservancy on February 10. The Chicago Botanic Garden is part of an international family of botanic gardens, and I love learning about the unique qualities of our “relatives.”

If you missed Brian’s presentation, don’t worry: there are two more lectures for President’s Circle members coming up. I encourage you to attend Fergus Garrett’s presentation, “A Conversation on Color,” in March, and Peter Wyse Jackson’s April lecture on “Ireland’s Generous Nature.” These lively gatherings will inspire, entertain, and educate you—in very different ways.

Before you know it, we will be through this bitterly cold winter and the term “polar vortex” will fade from memory. Heralding spring will be the Antiques & Garden Fair, with a preview evening on Thursday, April 10. With its gorgeous indoor gardens and décor, the Fair is always a welcome breath of fresh spring air, whatever the conditions outdoors. (Do not even think of the word “flood.” I am feeling optimistic this year!)

Watch for more information about the Fair in the next couple of months. Meanwhile, surround yourself with warmth and color at the Garden’s first-ever Orchid Show. We hope it’s the first of many.

Best regards,
Sophia Shaw