Every year, more people come to the Chicago Botanic Garden than the year before. People come because the Garden’s beautiful display gardens and natural areas, and its compelling programs offered in Glencoe and throughout Cook County, respond to the needs of real people. The Garden’s offerings are possible only because of the extraordinary talents of its management, staff, and volunteers. Their passion for the Garden and those they serve drives them to excel in their work. We who enjoy and benefit from the Garden are deeply in their debt.
Spring is a time for renewal, but also offers an opportunity for reflection. As I write this letter, we have just come through one of the most difficult winters in the history of Chicago. During these welcome days of warmth and regrowth, I have taken time to reflect on myself, on my family and friends, and on the past accomplishments and future promise of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Specifically, my thoughts have turned to the importance of nurture—the process of providing care and comfort, and encouraging growth and development.