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Magnolia Tree Earth Center

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Environmental center and site of a "living" landmark

Place Details

Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Bedford- Stuyvesant
Institution, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Education

Place Matters Profile

The Magnolia Tree Earth Center was born out of one woman's efforts to save an historic magnolia tree and the three Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstones that provided it shelter. The center has since grown into a full-service community environmental organization with a wide range of programs housed in those original brownstones with the historic magnolia tree out front.

In the mid 1960s, Bedford-Stuyvesant community activist Hattie Carthan (1901-1984) discovered a 40-foot Magnolia Grandiflora tree, which generally does not grow north of Philadelphia, thriving in front of three 19th-century Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstones that had been protecting it from extreme heat and cold. Learning that urban renewal projects threatened both the brownstones and the tree, Carthan embarked on a movement to save them. Her vision was not just to preserve these important resources, but to use them to create an environmental center that would educate and motivate youth and community residents to garden and conserve...

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Magnolia Tree Earth Center website


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Nominated through the Central Brooklyn Community Focus project

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