The wind was cold, but the energy was infectious.
That is how a colleague recently began his retelling of his Saturday night activities. He and his family went to the Chicago Botanic Garden on the weekend before Halloween, and they were in for a treat. As the night sky grew dark, more than 1,000 carved pumpkins lit up the Garden as part of the second annual Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns.
The family saw hundreds of traditionally carved Jack-o-Lanterns, but along the paved path, they also were able to take in dozens of professionally-carved pumpkins that were breathtaking, to say the least. They got to speak with professional pumpkin carvers and even took in a few tips they hope to use on their own pumpkins next year.
My colleague showed me a few pictures from the evening and I was stunned by the craftsmanship and patience of the men and women who carved and designed these masterpieces. These were not just pumpkins. They were true pieces of art.
Now you’re probably asking yourself why am I writing about pumpkins.
Well first off, let’s be honest, these carvings are pretty cool to look at, aren’t they?
The real reason, though, is because of the excitement in my colleague’s voice as he talked about walking through the Garden with his wife, 3-year-old and 1-year-old. I have heard that same excitement from countless friends and family members over the years, whether it was about the Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns, or the model train exhibitions, or the famous Bonsai Collection.
I’ve lived in Chicago for more than 50 years, and the Garden has always seemed like a destination that truly impacts its visitors. That is why I’ve been so excited to have Duo help the Garden with several of their website needs.
The Garden hosts hundreds of events over the course of a year, and Duo was approached to help improve the organization’s website and online ticketing system. Another vendor had started the project but was not able to deliver what the Garden needed. That's when they turned to Duo for help.
We’ve written a number of times about Drupal’s ability to seamlessly integrate with countless online applications. I'm proud of the work the team from Duo has done to integrate a new website with Salesforce.com and the Galaxy Ticketing System to transform how the Chicago Botanic Garden does business and interacts with their customers. We’ve also helped the Garden refresh some of the website’s back-end structure to help better organize content to save staff members time.
We’re excited by the successful launch of the updated website and ticketing system for the Garden, and I’m thrilled to be able to help an organization that brings a smile to so many people’s faces.