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Events for President's Circle Members

Peter Wyse Jackson Lecture: “Ireland’s Generous Nature: The Past and Present Uses of Plants in Ireland”

Tuesday, April 29
Regenstein Center, 4 p.m.

$19 nonmembers; members receive 20 percent discount; Director’s Circle members welcome

Peter Wyse Jackson, Ph.D., has undertaken extensive research on the use of wild plants in Ireland. His new book, Ireland’s Generous Nature, is the first-ever comprehensive account of the historical and present-day uses of wild plant species in Ireland. This lively and scholarly lecture shows how plants have been used in virtually every aspect of human life, including food, clothes, medicine, and even death. Scientific and historical facts are intertwined with myth, superstition and tales that offer an unrivaled account of the rich heritage of Irish plants. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

State of the GardenState of the Garden Address
Saturday, May 10
Regenstein Center, 11 a.m. – noon

Complimentary; Director’s Circle members welcome

Join Sophia Shaw Siskel, president and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden, for an informal address and review of the Garden’s accomplishments, goals, and expectations for the future. Followed by refreshments.

Summer Dinner DanceSummer Dinner Dance

Friday, June 13
Esplanade, 6:30 p.m. – midnight

$750 per person

Launch the start of the summer season at the year's most beautiful party! This black-tie soirée begins with cocktails on the Esplanade, followed by dinner and dancing.

Urban Garden Visits: Dyet and Legends Farms

Wednesday, July 23
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn about the Chicago Botanic Garden's urban gardening efforts and successes. We will have lunch at the McCormick Place Rooftop Garden.

Gardens of DistinctionGardens of Distinction

Thursday, July 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This year’s Gardens of Distinction tour offers a day trip to Lake Geneva for a visit to five gardens with historical stories and includes lunch. This is the President’s Circle signature event for 2014.

Harvest BallHarvest Ball

Saturday, September 20
5:30 p.m. – midnight

$550 per person

The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden hosts a fun and elegant party on the beautiful early fall grounds of the Garden. Enjoy a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction.

City Parks Tour with Julia Bachrach

Tuesday, September 23
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tour the Chicago city parks and learn about their history. Lunch is included.

Science at the GardenScience at the Garden

Tuesday, October 21
2 – 4 p.m.

Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center
Complimentary; Director’s Circle members welcome

This annual presentation on the Chicago Botanic Garden’s conservation science efforts and successes includes behind-the-scenes tours of the Plant Science Center laboratories. Refreshments are included.

All Aboard!All Aboard! Gala Dinner

Thursday, December 4
Regenstein Center, 6:30 p.m.

$400 per person

The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society presents the ninth annual All Aboard! gala, set amid the festive setting of Wonderland Express, the Garden’s indoor holiday exhibition.

Wonderland Express Family Holiday CelebrationWonderland Express Family Holiday Celebration

Saturday December 6, 2014
Regenstein Center
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Share the magic of the holidays at one of the Garden’s most charming exhibitions.
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