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
Frances Schultz, Vice-Chair
Bruce W. Addison, Treasurer
Martin Breheny, Secretary
Cynthia Brann, ex officio
James P. Druckman
Michele E. Lindsay
Mitchell Silver, ex officio
Andrea Henderson Fahnestock
Nina Griscom (in memoriam)
Elizabeth Scholtz (in memoriam)
Sara Hobel, Executive Director
George Pisegna, Deputy Director & Chief of Horticulture
Lauren Keane-Farrell, Chief of Staff
Cleo Lewis, Director of Finance
Adriana Narain, Finance Associate, Grants & Contracts
Children’s Education & Professional Development
Pamela Ito, Director of Education
Gandhi, Environmental Educator
Anna Sherman, Program Manager
Carla Shotwell, Educator
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
Becca Amos, Senior GreenHouse Instructor
Zahra Booth, GreenHouse Instructor
Arielle Hartman, Senior GreenHouse Instructor
Pamela Koch, Senior GreenHouse Instructor
Jessica Myers, Senior GreenHouse Instructor
Brian Sutton, GreenHouse Instructor
Melanie Reed, Senior GreenHouse Instructor
Nick Guntli, Director of GreenTeam
Wilson Berroa, Seasonal Gardener
Katherine Biggar, Administrative Assistant
Natalie Brickajlik, Program Development Manager of GreenTeam
Patrick Costello, Workshop Instructor
Paulene Hosein, Gardener
Alexander Hromockyj, GreenTeam Manager
Jeremy Jungels, Assistant Director of GreenTeam
Josuan Martinez, Seasonal Gardener
Taariq King, Seasonal Gardener
Craig Zeitlin, GreenTeam Manager
Neighborhood Plaza Program
Georgia Faulkner, Operations Manager
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)
NYC Dept. of Correction, “Bold Print: Official Newsletter of the New York City Department of Correction (March/April 2019)” (PDF)
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