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"Before I do anything with plants, I put in benches, because they say, 'You're welcome here. Come and sit with us. Come and stay.'"

New York City public garden designer Lynden B. Miller '60, author of Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape and 1995 recipient of a Smith College Medal, opening this year's bulb show.

"It's really important for local Haitians to feel as if they have the knowledge and capacity to respond [to the earthquake disaster] and that the outside world is supporting that. It should not be that we are coming in and putting them in a dependent position and telling them what to do. Haitian people feel very strongly about that."

Joshua Miller, Smith professor of social work, offering his thoughts about how to help earthquake victims and discussing in a campus open forum his personal experience working with survivors in the small village of Fonfrede in Haiti after the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January that killed more than 200,000.

"Never fear. The EPA is here. We want legislation, we are pushing legislation, we must have legislation in a comprehensive way to enhance the regulations that are going to lead to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."

Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, explaining to an audience in Neilson Browsing Room how she directs the EPA's climate change policy and regulations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

"A population of mountain lions needs 640,000 acres of contiguous space to remain viable, not small islands of land or a reserve with fractured edges. Bobcats require about 21,000 acres, but an area dominated by bobcats is never the same as one where a mountain lion can live."

Randolph Hester, of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California–Berkeley, discussing habitat for endangered species and cultures during a presentation for the landscape studies collaborative project.

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