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Plants at the Heart of Culture: Caribbean Immigrants in New York City

Posted in Film Ina Vandebroek, Uncategorized by gvd on August 11, 2014

A Conversation with Garden Scientist Ina Vandebroek, Ph.D.

Back home in the Dominican Republic, plants are culturally important for many different uses, including as medicines. Of about 5,500 seed plants documented on the island of Hispaniola that consists of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, more than 1,000 are used as medicines. Dr. Vandebroek, the Garden’s Ethnomedical Research Specialist, shares her research findings about what happens with people’s knowledge and use of plants when they migrate from the Dominican Republic to New York City. Following the talk is a visit to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to view the living collection of Dominican plants.

Space for this tour is limited; reservations are required. To reserve, e-mail membership@nybg.org or call 718.817.8703.

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

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