President’s Circle Fall 2013 Events
Fall 2013 was a remarkable time for President’s Circle members as they enjoyed a bounty of events during one of the Garden’s most beautiful times of year.
Kicking off the season was the annual President’s Circle Dinner, lauding the legacy of BBG’s Children’s Garden as it celebrates 100 years of exceptional programming. During cocktails, guests were delighted by a demonstration of interactive Discovery activities by BBG’s Education staff. A tantalizing dinner in the Palm House was followed by a rousing presentation on BBG’s children’s education programs by vice president of Education Sonal Bhatt.
Leading up to BBG’s annual Chile Pepper Festival in October, curator Caleb Leech regaled President’s Circle members with a red-hot chile pepper cooking demonstration in the Herb Garden, using a blow torch to grill some BBG-grown varieties. Members peppered him with questions as they enjoyed wine and spicy hors d’oeuvres.
With the onset of fall colors and crisp air, President’s Circle members joined BBG educator and naturalist Marilyn Smith for the annual morning walk through the Native Flora Garden to admire autumn flora and fauna, followed by warm and toasty seasonal treats.
The season concluded with an enlightening lecture and tour of the Desert Pavilion by curator Susan Aument, who led an interactive discussion about the wonders and challenges of caring for a desert habitat in the middle of Brooklyn. The evening was capped by delectable treats and a glimpse of the winter art exhibit, Knit, Purl, Sow, in the Steinhardt Conservatory as President’s Circle members enjoyed the conclusion of a tremendous year for BBG and anticipated the celebration of many new Garden projects and initiatives in the coming year and beyond.