The Horticultural Society of New York

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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

OUR LOCATIONS

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

OUR PROGRAMS

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
Duncan Sahner, Vice-Chair
Bruce Addison, Treasurer
Martin Breheny, Secretary

George Ball
Elizabeth Cabot
James P. Druckman

Timothy Hamilton
Michael A. Kovner

 

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

Advisory Board

CeCe Black
Andrea Henderson Fahnestock
Janet Mavec

Staff

Sara Hobel, Executive Director
shobel@thehort.org

George Pisegna, Deputy Director & Chief of Horticulture
gpisegna@thehort.org

Administration

Lauren Keane-Farrell, Director of Administration
lkeanefarrell@thehort.org

Cleo Lewis, Director of Finance
clewis@thehort.org

Adriana Lall, Assistance Director of Finance
alall@thehort.org

Katherine Biggar, Administrative Associate
kbiggar@thehort.org

Children’s Education & Professional Development

Pamela Ito, Director of Education
pito@thehort.org

Carla Shotwell, Education Center Coordinator
cshotwell@thehort.org

Bethany Kogut, Content Creator & Garden Educator
bkogut@thehort.org

Development

Kevin Sullivan, Senior Grant Writer
ksullivan@thehort.org

Charlotte Muth, Development Associate
cmuth@thehort.org

GreenHouse & Horticultural Therapy

Mechthild (Hilda) Krus (HTR), Director of GreenHouse & Horticultural Therapy
hkrus@thehort.org

Sarah Schluep, GreenHouse Program Manager & Horticultural Therapist
sschluep@thehort.org

Arielle Hartman, GreenHouse Instructor
ahartman@thehort.org

Zahra Booth, GreenHouse Instructor
zbooth@thehort.org

Douglas Pentland, GreenHouse Instructor
dpentland@thehort.org

Brian Sutton, GreenHouse Instructor
bsutton@thehort.org

Kiana Taylor, GreenHouse Instructor
ktaylor@thehort.org

Horticulture

Nick Guntli, Director of Horticulture
Horticulturalist
nguntli@thehort.org

Wilson Berroa, Gardener
wberroa@thehort.org

Natalie Brickajlik, Program Development Manager
nbrickajlik@thehort.org

Patrick Costello, Workshop Instructor
pcostello@thehort.org

Georgia Faulkner, Assistant Director Client Relations
gfaulkner@thehort.org

Kilea Francis, Assistant Gardener
kfrancis@thehort.org

Paulene Hosein, Field Supervisor
phosein@thehort.org

Alexander Hromockyj, Workforce Manager
ahromockyj@thehort.org

Jeremy Jungels, Assistant Director Landscape Services
jjungels@thehort.org

Taariq King, Gardener
tking@thehort.org

Josuan Martinez, Field Supervisor
jmartinez@thehort.org

Jennifer Palmer, Therapeutic Garden Workshop Coordinator
jpalmer@thehort.org

Steven Roig, Field Supervisor
sroig@thehort.org

Caio Penko Teixeira, Program Associate 
cpenko@thehort.org

Kemberly Villalta, Assistant Gardener
kvillalta@thehort.org

Craig Zeitlin, Workforce Manager
czeitlin@thehort.org

The City Cleanup Corps (CCC) is a New Deal-inspired economic recovery program to create jobs and make New York City the cleanest, greenest city in the United States.  Announced in the Mayor’s Recovery For All of Us plan, the CCC will employ 10,000 New Yorkers to help beautify our city. Corps workers will wipe away graffiti, power wash sidewalks, tend to community gardens, beautify public spaces, and work with community organizations to clean their neighborhoods. Questions and applications can be sent to CleanUpCorpsJobs@thehort.org.

Available Jobs

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