COVID-19 Update, Site Closures, and Emergency Fundraising

We hope this message finds you, your family, and loved ones safe during this extremely difficult time.

Due to COVID-19, all Hort public and educational programs will remain closed until further notice. This includes: school-based programs, public programming at The Greenhouse Education Center at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, workshops at seniors centers, public green-space activities, and our therapeutic horticulture program on Rikers Island.

Our main office is also closed. Everyone at The Hort has been working diligently with our partners – including nonprofits, city agencies, and state agencies – to adjust to the crisis, make the proper arrangements, and plan to resume full operations when it is safe to do so. Staff are currently working from home and available to assist you by email. Please write if you have a question and do not have a direct contact.

With that said, in the long-term not being able to provide services will jeopardize direct revenue vital to the organization’s finances. This crisis also prevents us from holding our Annual Spring Fundraising Event.

That is why your support now is absolutely crucial. During this crisis, 100% of your donation will go towards protecting the jobs of our program staff and helping us avoid layoffs. After the crisis, it will allow us to rebuild our public school and horticultural therapy programs, restoring a sense of normalcy to thousands of New Yorkers across the city.

Our staff and the communities we serve across NYC thank you in advance for your support in these turbulent times. With yo12ur participation, The Hort can continue to provide vital services and help New York heal in the months and years to come. Please visit our donation to lend us your support:


The Team at The Horticultural Society of New York