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The 11 Worlds come to an end

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Doris Duke's glorious indoor display gardens at her Estate in NJ will be closed then destroyed on May 25th, by the order of the Trustees of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

 

The individuals responsible for this destruction are: Joan E. Spero (President), Nannerl O. Keohane (Chair), John J. Mack (Vice Chair), Harry B. Demopoulos, Anthony S. Fauci, James F. Gill, Anne Hawley, Peter A. Nadosy, William H. Schlesinger, John H.T. Wilson and John E. Zuccotti.

 

These Gardens are a labor of love and a work of art. Doris Duke spent years creating them, and would sometimes spend 16 hours a day working in them. She created the Duke Gardens Foundation in 1960 to sustain them. They are being destroyed only 15 years after Doris Duke's death, on the 50th anniversary of their creation, by her Trustees, who say the gardens don't 'represent the best environmental practices'.

 

Really.

 

The Trustees have a PR machine that says the Gardens will re-open in a couple years. But what this really means is that a different garden will reopen in a different Conservatory. Not Doris Duke's elaborate set of interconnected display gardens. They will be destroyed forever.

 

 

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Taken on April 24, 2008