Jessica Tcherepnine (1938-2018)

Jessica Tcherepnine (left) with Elizabeth Scholtz, current Advisory Board member


The Board of Directors and Staff of the Horticultural Society of New York mourn the death of our dear friend and supporter Jessica Tcherepnine. Jessica was a Trustee of the Society for more than 20 years. She developed the Society’s relationship with the American Society of Botanical Artists, leading to the Annual International Exhibition with works selected from the genre’s most established artists. Under Jessica’s guidance, the Society hosted the botanical exhibition for 20 years. Jessica also shared her time and extraordinary talents compassionately with the Society’s horticultural therapy program participants incarcerated on Rikers Island, visiting several times each year even when travel became difficult for her. Jessica received the Society’s Award of Excellence in 2013. We are forever grateful to Jessica and send our condolences to her husband Peter, her family, and her friends. We miss her already.


Jared Goss, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Sara Hobel, Executive Director
The Horticultural Society of New York