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BBG Wins National Medal

Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been named one of five museums to be awarded the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the country’s highest honor bestowed on museums and libraries, recognizing outstanding service to the community.

Michelle Obama will present the award in a ceremony at the White House next month. Accepting on behalf of BBG will be president Scot Medbury and Chidi Duke, an alumnus of and current instructor in BBG’s Children’s Garden, which celebrates its centennial this year. This program for the community’s children was the first of its kind in a botanic garden, and today it remains emblematic of the Garden’s commitment to increasing environmental awareness. Throughout this year, BBG is celebrating the Children’s Garden anniversary and its impact on generations of Brooklyn families.

The National Medal is a testament to the exceptional dedication and talents of BBG's staff and volunteers. The Garden is very proud to receive this honor!


  • Helene Salowitz May 16, 2014

    On behalf of my grandson, Kyle Salowitz, who participates in the Children’s Garden Seeds program, we both wish to congratulate Brooklyn Botanic Garden (its staff and members) upon receiving the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, presented by our first Lady, Michelle Obama. Kudos to Chidi Duke for having the honor of accepting on behalf of BBG. Brooklyn Botanic Garden rocks!

  • Richard April 25, 2014

    Congratulations, that is a huge honor! 

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Children's Garden Open House
Participants in the summer Children's Garden classes. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.