The Horticultural Society of New York

Staff & Board

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
Susan Donoghue, Ex officio
Timothy Hamilton
Michael A. Kovner

 

Michele E. Lindsay
Mario Nievera
Lily O’Boyle
Louis A. Molina, ex officio
Patricia Sovern

Advisory Board

CeCe Black
Andrea Henderson Fahnestock
Janet Mavec

Staff

Sara Hobel, Executive Director

George Pisegna, Deputy Director & Chief of Horticulture

Administration

Katherine Biggar, Administrative Manager

Jasmine Chang, HR & Hiring Coordinator

Lisa Gilroy, Payroll Associate

Lauren Keane-Farrell, Senior Director of Administration

Nadine Kruczowy, Project Coordinator

Adriana Lall, Assistant Director of Finance

Cleo Lewis, Director of Finance

Charlotte Muth, Development Associate

Whitney Sessoms, HR Manager

Kevin Sullivan, Senior Grants Writer

 

Children’s Education & Professional Development

Mark Benedetti, Greenhouse and Garden Manager

Parrish Finn, Garden Educator

Thalia Flores-Perez, Garden Educator

Pamela Ito, Director of Education

Rosa Karim, Garden Educator

Bethany Kogut, Education Manager & Content Creator

Carla Shotwell, Greenhouse & Education Center Manager

 

GreenHouse & Horticultural Therapy

Jake Kennedy, GreenHouse Instructor

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

Valentina Michelotti, Curriculum Writer

Douglas Pentland, GreenHouse Instructor

Rose Upton, GreenHouse Instructor

McLean Zauner, GreenHouse Instructor

Horticulture

Loissa Harrison-Parks, Account Manager (Horticulture)

Craig Zeitlin, Account Manager (Horticulture)

Raquelle Sewell, Administrative Assistant

Jeremy Jungels, Director of Horticulture

Georgia Faulkner, Director of Special Projects

Wilson Berroa, Field Supervisor

Jason Eisner, Field Supervisor

Paulene Hosein, Field Supervisor

Josuan Martinez, Field Supervisor

Kemberly Villalta, Field Supervisor

Lily Farr, Gardener

Alison Gish, Gardener

Reuven Hoffman, Gardener

Roger Levine, Gardener

Maria Nieves, Gardener

Karenna Northland, Gardener

Gabriel Roman, Gardener

Yismel Rosario, Gardener

Ailyn Salas Pacheco, Gardener

Azaryah Yisrael, Gardener

Natalie Brickajlik, Program Development Manager

Nicholas Guntli, Senior Director of Horticulture

Patrick Costello, Therapeutic Workshop Coordinator

Andrew Hall Therapeutic Workshop Instructor

Open Streets Team
Meet the Team

The Hort improves human life through horticulture.

  • We create green spaces in all neighborhoods as a vital part of social infrastructure.
  • We train people for jobs that grow and sustain green communities.
  • We develop fresh approaches to improve New Yorkers’ health, well-being, and environment through horticulture.

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

Greenhouse & 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

HORTICULTURE

We provide low-cost garden design, installation, and maintenance services to ensure that all NYC residents, especially those in low-income and marginalized communities, have access to green spaces. As a further public good, The Hort uses a workforce development model for service delivery: our full-time landscape and horticultural staff provide high-quality infield vocational training and paid internships for our crews, which consist of individuals overcoming barriers to employment. The Hort has designed, installed, and maintained more than 2,000 gardens and green spaces throughout New York City.

 

EDUCATION

The Hort provides education and enrichment programs for New Yorkers of all ages. Based out of the Greenhouse Education Center at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in West Harlem, The Hort offers free and affordable classes, workshops, and public events—both virtually and in-person—that engage more than 10,000 youth, families, and seniors in learning about gardening, nutrition, environmental science, and the culinary arts. The Hort’s educators also work at 35 public schools at which The Hort has designed and installed learning gardens, serving more than 4,000 students annually.

 

THERAPEUTIC HORTICULTURE

The Hort has pioneered and advanced the practice of therapeutic horticulture through which people improve their social and emotional wellbeing by cultivating and caring for plants. The Hort’s program provides services to more than 1,000 people each year including individuals incarcerated and detained at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Additionally, we provide custom therapeutic gardening workshops, serving public, supportive, and affordable housing facilities, senior centers, outpatient treatment centers, the shelter system, foster-care settings, and detention centers.

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
Susan Donoghue, Ex officio
Timothy Hamilton
Michael A. Kovner

 

Michele E. Lindsay
Mario Nievera
Lily O’Boyle
Louis A. Molina, ex officio
Patricia Sovern

Advisory Board

CeCe Black
Andrea Henderson Fahnestock
Janet Mavec

Staff

Sara Hobel, Executive Director

George Pisegna, Deputy Director & Chief of Horticulture

Administration

Katherine Biggar, Administrative Manager

Jasmine Chang, HR & Hiring Coordinator

Lisa Gilroy, Payroll Associate

Lauren Keane-Farrell, Senior Director of Administration

Nadine Kruczowy, Project Coordinator

Adriana Lall, Assistant Director of Finance

Cleo Lewis, Director of Finance

Charlotte Muth, Development Associate

Whitney Sessoms, HR Manager

Kevin Sullivan, Senior Grants Writer

 

Children’s Education & Professional Development

Mark Benedetti, Greenhouse and Garden Manager

Parrish Finn, Garden Educator

Thalia Flores-Perez, Garden Educator

Pamela Ito, Director of Education

Rosa Karim, Garden Educator

Bethany Kogut, Education Manager & Content Creator

Carla Shotwell, Greenhouse & Education Center Manager

 

GreenHouse & Horticultural Therapy

Jake Kennedy, GreenHouse Instructor

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

Valentina Michelotti, Curriculum Writer

Douglas Pentland, GreenHouse Instructor

Rose Upton, GreenHouse Instructor

McLean Zauner, GreenHouse Instructor

Horticulture

Loissa Harrison-Parks, Account Manager (Horticulture)

Craig Zeitlin, Account Manager (Horticulture)

Raquelle Sewell, Administrative Assistant

Jeremy Jungels, Director of Horticulture

Georgia Faulkner, Director of Special Projects

Wilson Berroa, Field Supervisor

Jason Eisner, Field Supervisor

Paulene Hosein, Field Supervisor

Josuan Martinez, Field Supervisor

Kemberly Villalta, Field Supervisor

Lily Farr, Gardener

Alison Gish, Gardener

Reuven Hoffman, Gardener

Roger Levine, Gardener

Maria Nieves, Gardener

Karenna Northland, Gardener

Gabriel Roman, Gardener

Yismel Rosario, Gardener

Ailyn Salas Pacheco, Gardener

Azaryah Yisrael, Gardener

Natalie Brickajlik, Program Development Manager

Nicholas Guntli, Senior Director of Horticulture

Patrick Costello, Therapeutic Workshop Coordinator

Andrew Hall Therapeutic Workshop Instructor

Open Streets Team
Meet the Team

Join our team! 

Full Time Positions

Education Manager & Senior Educator

Field Supervisor 

Gardener 

Horticulture Field Manager 

Therapeutic Horticulture Instructor 

Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager

Contract Positions

(January 2022 to Spring 2022)

Community Coordinator Lead

 

The Hort is an Equal Opportunity employer.

We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations are also available for these individuals during the hiring process. Please email jobs@thehort.org should you require a reasonable accommodation during the hiring process. 

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