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Hush Lifted Over Awards for Nation’s Libraries and Museums

“When she was 16, Ashley Gagnay did not know that beets and carrots grew underground or that lemons ripened on trees. She had to learn those lessons at a program sponsored by the Children’s Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Now 21, she teaches those basics to 4-year-olds enrolled in a similar program at the garden. “I have become more aware of the environment around me and how important it is, which can be hard in a city,” said Ms. Gagnay, who is from Manhattan. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, she said, now “feels like a second home.” (via

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