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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.
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.
Our GreenHouse and GreenTeam programs help inmates transition from incarceration to the work force, using horticultural therapy and vocational training.
Our Green City program designs, installs, and maintains gardens and landscapes in inner-city neighborhoods, libraries, schoolyards, and streetscapes.
Our Apple Seed program offers public school children innovative, hands-on environmental education to expand their science, math, and literacy skills.
Our Public Programs offer comprehensive resources—including our Gallery and our 12,000-volume Barbara A. Margolis Library—to help all New Yorkers green their homes, communities, and our great city.
The Hort is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and relies on the generous support of individuals to continue providing our unique services to all New Yorkers.