Rescue and Revival: New York Botanical Garden, 1989-2018

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Library of American Landscape History
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6.16 X 9.52 X 0.69 inches | 1.39 pounds

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About the Author
Gregory Long is president emeritus of the New York Botanical Garden, where he served as president and CEO from 1989 to 2018. He began his career in 1969 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he worked as executive assistant to the corporate secretary and president of the board. He then held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New York Zoological Society (now the Wildlife Conservation Society), and through the 1980s he served as vice president for public affairs at the New York Public Library. He is author of Historic Houses of the Hudson River Valley. Gregory Long's awards include Common Cause's NYC Cultural Leadership Award; The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Ten-4-Ten Stewardship Award; The New York Botanical Garden's Founders Award and its Gold Medal; and the Native Plant Center's Acorn Award. He is an Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and received that organization's LaGasse Medal in 2015. The City University of New York and Fordham University have awarded Long honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. In 2019, The New York Audubon awarded Long with the Thomas W. Keesee Conservation Award and the Garden Club of America gave him the 2020 Medal of Honor.
In this highly engaging account of his years at the helm, Long invites us all backstage as he and his talented staff and board surmount enormous organizational challenges through a strategic planning process so innovative and successful that it is now taught in management schools across the country.... It is an inspiring and exciting story."--Victoria Johnson, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
"Each of Gregory Long's many achievements as president of NYBG is impressive on its own, but brought together in Rescue and Revival, they make for a remarkable tale of taking a venerable but shaky institution leaps and bounds toward its full potential of greatness. Through these captivating personal stories he teaches us how a cultural institution can become more valuable to both its local and international communities, inviting visitors, students, and scholars to learn plant biology, save biodiversity, and find out how plant research can mitigate climate change."--Gloria Coruzzi, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor, NYU Member, National Academy of Sciences
"Gregory Long reveals what it takes to manage and safeguard a key public institution . . . how to be a maestro . . . and a fascinating insight into leadership."--Thomas Lovejoy, Senior Fellow, The United Nations Foundation
"A frank and honest account of turning around the fortunes of an important but sleepy institution, Rescue and Revival is a wonderful manual of how to run successfully or revive a botanical garden or any other cultural institution. It is so useful that Gregory Long has taken the time to record his thirty years at the helm of the New York Botanical Garden in this most readable and fascinating book."--Sir Ghillean Prance FRS VMH, Former Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
"This is a fascinating transformation tale of how a fading historic site in the Bronx was transformed into one of the greatest of all botanic gardens in the world and leading scientific institution--as well as an education center and community asset. Gregory Long, the inspirational leader of what is far more than but also a great 'outdoor museum, ' engagingly tells the story of how for three decades he was the right man in the right place to inspire, cajole, goad, persuade, collaborate, and work tirelessly to bring all the forces of horticulture, finance, engineering, science, art, and society together in creating the remarkable cultural and natural realm that is the New York Botanical Garden today."--Laurie Olin, Author, Essays on Landscape and Be Seated
"Through visionary strategic planning, deep relationships with talented and generous people, and a real sense of drama, Gregory Long transformed NYBG over his thirty-year tenure into a vibrant world-class institution, having an absolutely wonderful time along the way. This is an inspirational story of a man's total commitment to one of the country's most important and beloved cultural institutions. A treat to read."--Betsy Smith, President and CEO, Central Park Conservancy