Maspeth Step-Street Receives a Make-Over

A Maspeth step-street received the GreenTeam treatment in the form of 100 trash bags hauled, 450 cubic feet of mulch laid, and 800 annuals planted. The time has flown by for the Hort’s GreenTeam. Winter means they are hard at work planting bulbs, raking leaves into big fluffy piles, cutting back perennials, and removing vegetable...

PS 57: The Hidden Garden

This fall, students at PS 57 in East Harlem have taken full advantage of the beautiful weather and fresh produce growing in their school garden. Who would have imagined that a small courtyard in the New York City would produce a vibrant pumpkin vine with over 50 cheerful blossoms? Not the students at PS 57...

Reflections from Rikers Island GreenHouse

Many of our students, particularly those who are incarcerated on serious charges, are defined by the public, and sometimes their own families, by their crimes. The GreenHouse staff is dedicated to connecting with the individual, looking past their stories and viewing them as gardeners. Efforts would not be successful without interns that not only offer...

Green Family Circle Fall Newsletter

Precious Pinecone Owls Ages 3-10 Materials: 2 acorn cups 2 leaves Glue Googly eyes Pumpkin seed for the nose Pine cone Small notecard Instructions: Cut the notecard into a circle, about the same size as the flat end of your pine cone. Glue the Pumpkin seed in the middle of the pinecone, this will be...

Summer Success Stories: Parkside Plaza

The Hort is dedicated to sustaining a robust network of neighborhood plaza managers to maintain clean, safe and vibrant public spaces across New York City while promoting the economic, social, environmental, and quality of life benefits of neighborhood plazas to New York’s civic, business, and philanthropic communities; the media; and elected officials. Parkside Plaza, a...

End of Summer Recipes: From the Garden to the Table

As summer draws to a close, it’s time to think about how best to use the remains of your summer gardening efforts. What better way to celebrate a successful summer season than with a garden party full of delectable summer fruit and vegetable delights? It’s a great way to share locally grown produce and your...

The Greenhouse’s Top Twelve Life Lessons

“When I’m in the garden, it doesn’t even feel like I’m in jail. It’s beautiful here”. – 18 year old GreenHouse student. The GreenHouse program on Rikers Island is a unique, longstanding collaboration between the Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort), the New York City Department of Correction (DOC), and the New York City...

Announcing the 19th Annual International Botanical Art Exhibition

19th Annual International Botanical Art Exhibition American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York at New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., New York, NY November 3 – December 23, 2016 Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony Thursday, November 3, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm VIP Reception & Press Preview Thursday, November 3 from...

In Conversation with Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

Green Family Circle Luncheon and Lecture speaker and author of The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving discusses spirituality and her findings with The Horticultural Society of New York. As a clinical psychologist your research into the spiritual development of children, adolescents, and families, has generated strong evidence that...

Q&A with the Hort’s GreenTeam – Surviving the Summer Heat!

In a Summer of sweltering heat and thick, humid air, you would be forgiven for wanting to be inside. But not the GreenTeam: they have sweat, hauled, and planted their way through the heatwave. Despite this, they always keep their chin up and smile on their face. How could they not enjoy themselves when the...

The Hort and Emma Lazarus High School Bring the ‘Poet’s Garden’ to Life

In May, The Horticultural Society of New York joined forces with students at Emma Lazarus High School (ELHS) to install a beautiful garden and inspirational learning area. ELHS is dedicated to assisting English language learners thrive in and out of the class room. With the diverse student population in mind – hailing from Ecuador, Haiti,...

Mr. Green Bean’s Supreme Summer Activities

Garden Rock Caterpillar Ages 3-8 Create a crazy caterpillar friend out of natural materials to stand guard over your garden!       Materials: • Outdoor paint in your favorite colors • 6 small to medium rocks • 2 small sticks or twigs for antennae • Hot glue or super glue (use parental guidance!) Instructions:...