When I became chairman of the Chicago Horticultural Society in June 2009, I followed in the footsteps of visionary leaders whose investments of time and resources had enabled a degraded marshland to grow into a renowned public garden on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Then, as now, I embraced the opportunity to ensure our beloved Garden’s future is as successful as its past was remarkable.
In 2010, the Chicago Botanic Garden completed the first year of a new ten-year strategic plan, “Keep Growing.” The plan, presented on the Garden’s website, lays out a vision and set of values that focus on serving the needs of the Garden’s diverse audiences and on deepening our commitment to preserve plants and the healthy habitats on which they depend.
The Garden is indeed growing and flourishing. Throughout 2010, as a result of your investment, we already began to see positive results, as measured by a variety of record-setting accomplishments: