The mission of the Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) is to sustain the vital connection between people and plants. Our social service and public programs educate and inspire, growing a broad community that values horticulture for the many benefits it brings to our environment, our neighborhoods, and our lives.
Founded in 1900, and incorporated in 1902, with J. P. Morgan, Louis C. Tiffany, and J.J. Phelps among its earliest members, the goal of the Horticultural Society was to further the love and knowledge of horticulture through informative monthly meetings, formal lectures, and seasonal flower shows.
Today, over 100 years later, we are still growing a community of urban gardeners. Our development reflects the changes in urban horticulture itself, from a focus on specimen plants and ornamental gardens viewed alone in their majestic beauty, to a holistic understanding that plants and gardens are inexorably linked to the health of people, wildlife and our environment.
At The Hort, we recognize the interrelatedness and complexity of the “green” issues in our city, and therefore the core of our efforts is to educate and inform across the spectrum. We still help New Yorkers know plants and gardens as aesthetic wonders, but now our programs and projects encompass urban farming, rooftop gardening, container vegetable production, bioremediation, storm water abatement, landscape design, vocational training, horticultural therapy and environmental literacy.
Cultivating Plants, People & Purpose
Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10031
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10018
APPLE SEED builds learning gardens in public schools for thousands of disadvantaged children suffering from a lack of green spaces and fresh foods,and provides much-needed professional development to their teachers.
GREENHOUSE offers horticultural therapy and vocational training to incarcerated individuals on Rikers Island and helps them learn not just a skill but how to change the very course of their lives.
GREENTEAM provides transitional employment to at-risk youth and ex-offenders and helps them secure full-time jobs.
NEIGHBORHOOD PLAZA PROGRAM beautifies public spaces in low-income communities across the five boroughs and helps make New York greener.
NYDIGS provides affordable horticulture-based workshops, activities, and conferences to positively change perceptions and behaviors toward health, community, and the environment.
Board of Directors
Jared Goss, Chairman
Alatia Bradley Bach, Secretary & Vice-Chair
Frances Schultz, Vice-Chair
Bruce W. Addison, Treasurer
Cynthia Brann, ex officio
Marechal Brown, ex officio
Michele E. Lindsay
Guy N. Robinson
Mitchell Silver, ex officio
Mary Van Pelt
Andrea Henderson Fahnestock
Sara Hobel, Executive Director
George Pisegna, Deputy Director & Chief of Horticulture
Lauren Keane-Farrell, Executive Assistant
Cleo Lewis, Director of Finance
Adriana Narain, Finance Associate, Grants & Contracts
Children’s Education & Professional Development
Pamela Ito, Director of Education
Stephen Courtade, Manager
Facility, Garden & Recreation Programs
Annette Nielsen, Manager
Community Partnerships & Food, Nutrition & Culinary Programs
Development & Special Events
Diana Ortiz, Development Associate
Kevin Sullivan, Senior Grant Writer
Cristina Valbuena-Castor, Manager
Individual Giving & Special Events
GreenHouse & Horticultural Therapy
Mechthild (Hilda) Krus (HTR), Director of GreenHouse & Horticultural Therapy
Sarah Schluep, GreenHouse Program Manager & Horticultural Therapist
Becca Amos, GreenHouse Instructor
Kayla Bennett, GreenHouse Instructor
Tiffani Coleman, GreenHouse Instructor
Maggie Herskovits, Greenhouse Instructor
Eva Joly, MSW, Discharge Planner and Community Liaison
Pamela Koch, GreenHouse Instructor
Jessica Myers, GreenHouse Instructor
Thomas Opatz, GreenHouse Instructor
Tifani Peguero, GreenHouse Program Manager
Melanie Reed, GreenHouse Instructor
Margaret Riche, GreenHouse Instructor
William Robb, GreenHouse Program Manager
Nick Guntli, Director of GreenTeam
Alexander Hromockyj, Assistant Manager of GreenTeam
David Snyder, Manager of GreenTeam
Fabricio Suxo, Field Gardener
Neighborhood Plaza Program
Laura Hansen, Managing Director of NPP
Andrew Salimian, Operations Manager
Web & Design
Alana Kerr, Graphic Designer
We love motivated, green-minded individuals. Our team is dedicated to providing environmental, cultural, and educational resources for all New Yorkers. You can view our current open positions, internships & volunteer opportunities at Idealist.org.
Edible Manhattan, “Growing New Lives” (PDF)
The Huffington Post, “By Leaves or Play of Sunlight, John Cage: Artist and Naturalist”
National Geographic, “This Is Your Brain on Nature”
The Wall Street Journal, “One Bright Side of Rikers Island” (PDF)