BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
The word had definitely gotten around and the anticipation was enormous. The perfect pandemic-safe path left previewers filled with fresh air and the delight of dazzling displays served up with trailside hot bites and seasonal drinks.
Lightscape, the immersive artist-inspired illuminated trail at the, attracted more than 520 guests and raised $882,000 at Preview Night recently. The all-new path features electrifying works by Chicago-based and international artists along the 1.25-mile outdoor trail through the gleaming gardens. Now in its second year, Lightscape supports the Garden’s many global scientific, research, and conservation initiatives.
We asked Priscilla McIntosh of Barrington who served as a preview co-chair what was her favorite stop on the trail. Here’s what she said: “I thought that the display in the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden was the most spectacular. The colors, the music of ‘Hallelujah,’ the beautiful tree images on the lawn in front of the garden was breathtaking and calming. It was a good ending to the Lightscape trail experience. It sends one home in peace and calm after a tough year.”
The Preview Night was co-sponsored by the Woman’s Board of Directors, and the Guild of the Chicago Horticultural Society. Co-chairs included Woman’s Board members McIntosh and Mary Alice Miller of Kenilworth, Board of Directors Jill Delaney (also of Kenilworth) and Laura Linger of Winnetka, and Guild members Sarah Blessing of Chicago, Lizzie Kelley of Winnetka, and Miriam Petrillo of Glencoe.
Culinary Landscape catered the event. Departure delights included a backpack full of goodies and fresh baked cookies. Spirits for the event were provided by Beam Suntory. Lightscape was made possible by the generous support of Northern Trust.
Photo credit: Robert Kusel