BBG President Scot Medbury Delivers Keynote at 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress

Release Date: October 24, 2013

Brooklyn, NY—On Thursday, October 24, 2013, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) president Scot Medbury delivered a keynote speech at the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress in Dunedin, New Zealand. Speaking to delegates from public gardens and partner organizations from around the world, Medbury’s keynote addressed the dynamic forces that botanic gardens can be in their communities.

Drawing on his experience at BBG and other gardens, Medbury spoke to the ways botanic gardens are strengthening formal education programs in local schools through classroom and garden activities, providing teachers with new tools and skills, and even partnering with affiliate schools with curriculum focused on science and the environment. Medbury also addressed ways botanic gardens can be catalyzing partners to neighborhood groups by providing technical support for street-tree care, community vegetable gardens, school gardens, and other local greening efforts. As interest in neighborhood greening increases, botanic gardens are in a position to infuse community groups’ efforts with horticultural science and expertise.

The Global Botanic Gardens Congress, organized by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), is the premier international event for botanic gardens. Held every three years, the congress offers a program of plenary keynote addresses, symposia, and workshops that cover the challenges and achievements of botanic gardens and partner organizations around the world. It provides an opportunity for participants to review and discuss progress in achieving the aims and objectives of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and develop a new agenda for botanic gardens to address conservation and sustainability in a time of global change.

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