Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening raises almost $250,000 for the Chicago Botanic Garden
Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Co-chairmen Cathy Busch (from left) of Winnetka, Jen Kasten of Chicago and Peggy Swartchild of Winnetka | Photo courtesy of Cheri Eisenberg
EVENT: Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques & Garden Fair Preview
BENEFITING: Chicago Botanic Garden programs
DATE: April 19, 2012
LOCATION: Chicago Botanic Garden
GALLERY: 48 pictures
Updated: May 15, 2012 7:10PM
Close to 750 guests enjoyed the Chicago Botanic Garden’s first spring garden party and priority shopping on April 19 at the recent Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening. The event raised almost $250,000 for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s conservation, education and research programs. Preview partygoers dined on a selection of sumptuous dishes prepared by Jewell Events as they shopped an exquisite array of antiques from 120 exhibitors from the United States and Europe.
The Preview Evening was co-chaired by Cathy Busch of Winnetka, Jen Kasten of Chicago and Peggy Swartchild of Winnetka.
Returning for its twelfth year, the Antiques & Garden Fair featured lectures by famed interior designer and Honorary Chair David Easton of New York and former head gardener at Highgrove and Special Guest David Howard of England. Both speakers attended the Preview Evening. Local landscape companies and designers created indoor display gardens to fit in the theme “Around the Garden Table,” including Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc., William Heffernan Landscapes, Rosborough Partners, Schmechtig Landscapes with Susan Fredman Design Group, and Maria Smithburg with Manfredini Landscaping and Design.
The Antiques & Garden Fair was produced in conjunction with Stella Show Mgmt. Co., New York. Co-producers of the 2012 Antiques & Garden Fair were Donna LaPietra of Mettawa, Jane O’Neil of Lake Bluff, and Susan Canmann of Winnetka; artistic director is Bill Heffernan. Principal sponsor was BMO Harris Bank. Supporting sponsors were American Airlines and Blackman Kallick.
The Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the treasures of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, is a 385-acre living plant museum featuring 24 distinct display gardens and four natural areas. With events, programs and activities for all ages, the Garden is open every day of the year. Admission is free; select event fees apply. Parking is $20 per car; free for Garden members. Located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, Ill., the Garden is smoke free.
Visit chicagobotanic.org, or call (847) 835-5440 for seasonal hours, images of the Garden and commuter transportation information.