10 ways to green your family in an urban environment

10 ways to green your family in an urban environment

On September 24, 2013 The Hort held its inaugural Green Families Initiative luncheon and lecture. We were lucky to have eco-life style expert, Alexandra Zissu, share some easy “go-green” secrets with us!
How to Save Tomato Seeds

How to Save Tomato Seeds

Do you love the tomatoes you have been getting from the market lately? Do you love them so much you wish you could grow them yourself? Guess what – you can! Or at least you can try. Seed saving has been around since the beginning of agriculture but the simple skill set was phased out...
Using Summer Vegetables and Fruits: Recipes to serve at an end of season garden party

Using Summer Vegetables and Fruits: Recipes to serve at an end of season garden party

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...
Nutritious and Delicious: starting your very own smoothie garden

Nutritious and Delicious: starting your very own smoothie garden

In a recent professional development courses for teachers, “The Joy of Vegetables: Where Science Meets Nutrition”, participants explored the journey of vegetables from the ground to our plates, learning more about plant structure, healthy soil, and how to have the most successful growing season. At the end of the course, all enjoyed fruit and veggie summer smoothies, a...
Container Garden Contest: Learn how to weed out the competition

Container Garden Contest: Learn how to weed out the competition

Look around your room- there is most likely at least one object that could be recycled to host your next inventive horticultural undertaking by using one of the many popular techniques of container gardening.  Whether you are planting flowers, trees, or vegetables, a form of it can be planted in a container. Container gardening has...
Seed Bombs and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79

Seed Bombs and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79

As a 100-year-old organization, The Hort thinks history is pretty cool. That’s why we are so excited to be hosting the Barge Celebration in collaboration with Wilder Quarterly on the historic Waterfront Museum this summer. On Tuesday, July 9th, The Waterfront Museum Showboat Barge will be docked in Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park for...
Fresh Cut Flowers Almost Obsolete as Gardeners Opt to Grow Vegetables

Fresh Cut Flowers Almost Obsolete as Gardeners Opt to Grow Vegetables

A beautiful bouquet of flowers is an endangered species, according to one of the nation’s leading experts, as gardeners throughout America devote almost all their energies growing vegetables instead of tulips, roses and a plethora of other flowers that formerly comprised a garden. “Most urban agriculture projects consist mostly of vegetables and herbs with a...
Marie Dehaene on Urban Agriculture

Marie Dehaene on Urban Agriculture

Sustainable Cities, a panel discussion about the multifunctionality of urban farms as hubs of production, social interaction, education and diversity, is just one of many exciting events to look forward to at this year’s Urban Agriculture Conference from May 15 – 17. Rose Brook had the pleasure to meet and interview panelist Marie Dehaene. Born...
Late Winter Pruning

Late Winter Pruning

The goals of pruning are usually to control the size of a shrub, to remove dead or damaged wood, to clear out dense, choking growth and to maintain the shrub in a pleasing shape. How you prune will depend on why that particular plant needs attention.   Selective pruning: If your goal is to control...