April 29, 2009 has been proclaimed Montgomery Botanical Center Day in Coral Gables. The city commission presented a glowing proclamation highlighting 50 years of accomplishments to the MBC leadership at the April 28 City Commission Meeting. Dr. Patrick Griffith presented a brief history and summary of MBC’s work to the Mayor and Commission, which can be downloaded here. Commissioner Wayne “Chip” Withers recognized the MBC team in attendance, including President Charles P. Sacher, Vice President Dr. Karl Smiley, Executive Director Dr. Patrick Griffith, Superintendent Lee Anderson and Funding and Communications Manager Tracy Magellan.

The proclamation details MBC’s history and accomplishments, and concludes thus:

Coral Gables Proclamation Montgomery Botanical Center Day.NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD D. SLESNICK II, as Mayor of Coral Gables, along with the members of our City Commission do hereby proudly proclaim, April 29, 2009 as:

In observance thereof, we congratulate said facility for its fifty years of involvement in our Coral Gables and South Florida Community.

Dr. Patrick Griffith states, “Having the support and recognition of the City for our important work in botany affirms and strengthens our mission. We are all very happy to have the Coral Gables leadership involved in celebrating Montgomery Botanical Center’s 50th anniversary.”