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Botanic Garden doles out honors

In recognition of Brooklyn’s outstanding community leaders, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) honored the extraordinary achievements of four individuals at the annual Forsythia Day awards ceremony.

The 2008 award recipients are: Elizabeth Scholtz, Forsythia Award; Caroline Kouretsos, Forsythia Youth Award; Gina Ingoglia, Distinguished Service Medal; and Francesca Anderson, Distinguished Service Medal.

Since 1954, Brooklyn Botanic Garden has honored civic and philanthropic leaders of the borough on Forsythia Day, which is named after the official flower of Brooklyn.

The forsythia, a vigorous plant that produces brilliant yellow flowers in spring, is a symbol of brotherhood, unity, and understanding, and represents the admirable accomplishments of each award recipient.

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