I have been privileged to serve as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Horticultural Society since 2012, and 2015 is a particularly exciting year as the Society celebrates its 125th anniversary. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s founders were leaders of the Society that created the Garden we know and love today, and the Society continues to manage the Garden in partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which owns the land the Garden occupies and provides critical annual operating support for which we are grateful.
Five years ago, the Chicago Botanic Garden adopted a new ten-year strategic plan, “Keep Growing,” with an aim to build upon our strengths and mature as a leader of education, science, urban agriculture, and horticultural therapy. The plan was detailed, thoughtful, and ambitious. To reflect the goals of the strategic plan, two years ago we adopted a new mission statement: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.