The Horticultural Society of New York


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


Education Center
Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10031
Midtown Administrative Offices & Library
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
Frances Schultz, Vice-Chair
Bruce W. Addison, Treasurer
Martin Breheny, Secretary

George Ball
Cynthia Brann, ex officio
Elizabeth Cabot
Anita Cruso
James P. Druckman

Timothy Hamilton
Michael A. Kovner

Michele E. Lindsay
Mario Nievera
Lily O’Boyle
Duncan Sahner
Mitchell Silver, ex officio
Patricia Sovern

Advisory Board

CeCe Black
Andrea Henderson Fahnestock
Nina Griscom (in memoriam)
Janet Mavec
Elizabeth Scholtz (in memoriam)


Sara Hobel, Executive Director

George Pisegna, Deputy Director & Chief of Horticulture


Lauren Keane-Farrell, Director of Administration

Cleo Lewis, Director of Finance

Adriana Narain, Assistance Director of Finance

Katherine Biggar, Administrative Associate

Children’s Education & Professional Development

Pamela Ito, Director of Education

Carla Shotwell, Education Center Coordinator

Development & Special Events

Morgan Murphy, Development Associate

Kevin Sullivan, Senior Grant Writer

GreenHouse & Horticultural Therapy

Mechthild (Hilda) Krus (HTR), Director of GreenHouse & Horticultural Therapy

Sarah Schluep, GreenHouse Program Manager & Horticultural Therapist

Pamela Koch, Senior GreenHouse Instructor

Jessica Myers, Senior GreenHouse Instructor

Zahra Booth, GreenHouse Instructor

Brian Sutton, GreenHouse Instructor


Nick Guntli, Director of GreenTeam

Wilson Berroa, Assistant Gardener

Natalie Brickajlik, Program Development Manager of GreenTeam

Patrick Costello, Workshop Instructor

Georgia Faulkner, Operations Manager

Paulene Hosein, Field Supervisor

Alexander Hromockyj, GreenTeam Manager

Jeremy Jungels, Assistant Director of GreenTeam

Taariq King, Assistant Gardener

Josuan Martinez, Assistant Gardener

Caio Penko Teixeira, Program Associate

Craig Zeitlin, GreenTeam Manager

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

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Collaboration is a vital component of everything the Hort does. We partner with greening and environmental organizations, academic institutions, departments of the local, state and national government, cultural and arts organizations, community-based groups and social service agencies. If you are interested in collaborating with the Hort on a project, please contact one of our staff members here.

The Horticultural Society of New York’s archives (1811 – 2010) are available from The New York Historical Society through NYU Digital Library Technology Services.
Guide to the Horticultural Society of New York Records