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M’Finda Kalunga Dedicates Elizabeth Hubbard Scent Garden

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Left to right: Kim Fong, executive director, senior nutrition program, Bowery Residents Committee; Gigi Li, Community Board 3 Chair; Bob Humber, coordinator, The Elizabeth Hubbard Memorial Scent Garden.
Left to right: Kim Fong, executive director, senior nutrition program, Bowery Residents Committee; Gigi Li, Community Board 3 Chair; Bob Humber, coordinator, The Elizabeth Hubbard Memorial Scent Garden. Photo by Lee Brozgol

M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden supporters dedicated a “scent garden” during the annual Juneteenth celebration of African heritage in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Saturday.

The new section of the garden is designed especially for sight-impaired visitors. It is named in honor of dancer and community organizer Elizabeth Hubbard, a former co-chair of M’Finda Kalunga and a co-founder of the Roosevelt Park Community Coalition.

“While we pay tribute to Elizabeth’s memory we also commit this garden to the sightless and seeing impaired in our community. We intend it to be a garden that will be truly accessible to everyone. Whether by touch or by scent or by sight: a welcoming oasis to everyone,” organizers said in the dedication. “It is being created in the spirit that Elizabeth guided us with: she was soft-spoken but fierce in the face of wrong, she had unshakable integrity, frankness, humor, thoughtfulness, generosity and grit.”

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