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Queens Botanical Garden to Honor Shirley Kushner for 50 Years of Dedicated Service


Darcy Hector- Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800 ext. 330



Flushing, NY  - September 16, 2013 – Queens Botanical Garden  is delighted to announce a remarkable milestone in the career of Mrs. Shirley Kushner:  fifty years of service at Queens Botanical Garden.  The Garden has long relied on the dedication of its staff and volunteers, and Mrs. Kushner’s half century of loyal service has made a significant contribution to the Garden’s growth and development.

Queens Botanical Garden moved to its current 39-acre location in 1962, with an administrative office located at Queens Borough Hall on Queens Boulevard.  When Mrs. Kushner was looking for a job in 1963, an employment agency sent her to work at that office as a temporary clerk.  She quickly advanced from temporary employee to full-time staff and has been a QBG staff member ever since.  Indefatigable at age 88, she continues to work one day a week as a bookkeeper in the Finance Department.

Her long association with the Garden has made her a valuable QBG historian.  She was there at the dedication of the first administration building in 1964, worked there through its demolition in 2007, and continues in the Visitor & Administration Building that opened that same year.  Mrs. Kushner remembers well the various nurseries who presented displays of their flowers and plants at QBG and the evolution of the Garden into its current form.  Over the years of her tenure, the greenhouse and the education building were built, as well as the Children’s Garden and the Wedding Garden. She has relished watching the institution develop.

“From the beginning, QBG has served the community” said Mrs. Kushner, “There were always weekly lectures about gardening.  Now, the ways that we serve have really multiplied with all of the wonderful public programming we do.  I’m proud to continue to be part of this beautiful place”.  

Shirley Kushner’s half-century of devotion to the Garden and her support of our mission will be celebrated by staff, family and friends at a luncheon in her honor on September 26, 2013.

Inquiries may be directed to Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or

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