Restore Science to Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Deb Sparrow
7 years ago
BOTANY is an ESSENTIAL part of science and of human survival and culture. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has an important herbarium that needs to be utilized and kept up. Please reverse this trend and bring scientists back into the BBG.

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Wayne Fleshman
7 years ago
I will forever be thankful for the knowledge gained at BBG's BUG program. The changes that reduce staff and research in Urban Horticulture is disappointing however I am hopeful for a resolution that builds on BBG's programming and success.

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Aresh Javadi
7 years ago
The GreenBridge program is critical in supporting the well being of thousands of low income communities who themselves help thousands around them. These community gardens are small satellite botanical programs created by urban green professors from all over the world. Creating small pockets of green oasis of food, medicine and culture - amongst the most challenging terrains in our city. The board needs to expand the GreenBridge program to highlight to the world how active Brooklyn botanical community gardeners are creating a new hope for our cities (ps i burrowed the community garden and hope part from Pete Seeger).

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Javier Francisco-Ortega
7 years ago
I am a botanist

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Mark Leger
7 years ago
Science is important to know what is happening in our urban environment, and the best approaches for restoration and amielioration.

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Susan Pollock
7 years ago
We need to have resources that will continue to allow us to learn more about plants and the world we live in!

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Julia Blyth
7 years ago
The intentional elimination of research from institutions founded by scientists leads to a tragic loss of past and potential knowledge. It seems to be a popular trend to turn museums, botanic gardens, even libraries, into money-making playgrounds. Yes, it is important to educate young (and old) people, but we must have knowledge to present truths.

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Martha Damsky
7 years ago
Signing this because I am grateful to have been a student of the BBG certificate program the very first year back in the nineties and was fortunate enough to take classes taught by Dr. Stephen K-M. Tim. He started working at BBG as a Taxonomist in 1971, became Curator of the Herbarium in 1973, and was Vice President of Science, Publications and Library from 1987 until he passed away in 1998. I miss him, and I miss the BBG that used to be and is no more.. My signature is in his memory. Without botany, there is no more Brooklyn Botanical Garden as far as I am concerned.

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Ann Braden Johnson
7 years ago
I live across Eastern Parkway from the Garden and look at it with pleasure every day. I am a member and have been for close to 40 years. I visit the Garden frequently. I am distressed to learn of the turn of events described in the Petition, because I assumed for all these years that the Garden was a serious horticultural research center. I am now seriously reconsidering my membership in what sounds suspiciously like a public relations operation. I urge everyone in a position to do so to oppose these frivolous and tiresome political changes to what had been an inspiring educational venture.

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Beverly Seaton
7 years ago
I did research there for my book on the language of flowers--important resource for scholars!