Hands of The Hort

Hands of The Hort

When I tell people that I am the photography intern at the Horticultural Society, most respond, “Oh…so you’re taking pictures of flowers?” It certainly seems that that would be the job description, but in fact, my work this summer involved people much more than it did plants. As an organization, the Hort serves to build...
Seed Starting Basics

Seed Starting Basics

If you’re planning on growing plants from seeds and haven’t yet begun the process, now is the time to start your seeds indoors or in a greenhouse. Seven weeks after planting, your seedlings will be ready to transplant outside in your garden. Our horticulturists have compiled all the basics you’ll need to know for planting...
Leafy Green Monsters

Leafy Green Monsters

On Saturday, February 22nd, over 425 guests—children and their parents—attended The Horticultural Society of New York’s 2nd annual Green Bean Bash at Temple Israel. The festive educational activities included a carnivorous plant demonstration, glitter art, worm bin exploration, botanical art projects and a Lego building station of natural wonders. The Hort’s mascot, Mr. Green Bean,...
DIY Vegetable Print Cards

DIY Vegetable Print Cards

Did you know that a rose hides inside every head of celery? Celery, and other plants that grow from a basal plate, grow in a rosette pattern. Some of the many other plants that grow from a basal plate and have a visible rosette growth pattern are fennel, garlic, onion, and leeks. Celery is the ideal...
Five Winter Wonders

Five Winter Wonders

Looking for some fun things to do with the kids while you’re stuck inside, away from the cold? Try out some of our favorite winter activities from over twenty-five years of our work with children.   PLAY! Learn about seeds, big and small, while playing The Hort’s Seed Bingo. Parents hold up pictures of seeds...
DIY: make your own wreath

DIY: make your own wreath

Why buy the same boring ol’ wreath year after year when you can make one yourself with your favorite winter plants? Follow these simple instructions and tips: Base There are many options for the base of your wreath – purchase a wire frame from a craft store like these, an oasis base like this, or...
How to throw a green holiday party

How to throw a green holiday party

The holidays are a great time to show off your sustainability prowess to your friends and family. Here are a few simple ways to be a green hostess queen: Invitations – save paper by inviting your guests via email. Paperless Post has such a gorgeous selection of online invitations you may never use snail mail again! Food – go to...
Not your average pumpkin

Not your average pumpkin

In the world of horticulture ‘pumpkin’ doesn’t always mean big, round, and orange. There are over 40 varieties of pumpkins and squashes out there and each is more delicious than the next.  Take a trip to any New York City market over the next month and you’ll see blue pumpkins and white pumpkins, pumpkins shaped...
Terrariums: a history

Terrariums: a history

Although it seems like terrariums have just become popular very recently, they have actually been around for over 150 years. Like many plant-related inventions, the functionality of a terrarium (a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants) was discovered accidentally in 1827 by Dr. Nathaniel Ward in London. While conducting an...