Hattie Carthan saves a tree and starts environmental movement in Brooklyn

And Carthan — a transplant herself from Portsmouth, Va., 300 miles to the south — stood tall and proudly for the huge flowering tree. She secured Living Landmark status for the endangered tree from the city’s Landmarks Commission, and made it a rallying point for the founding of the Magnolia Tree Earth Center.

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Hattie Carthan was a rare breed — as rare as the huge Magnolia grandiflora flourishing and blooming near her home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, way north of its natural habitat.

And Carthan — a transplant herself from Portsmouth, Va., 300 miles to the south — stood tall and proudly for the […]

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