Every day at The Horticultural Society of New York is a busy one. From mounting exhibitions to training inmates at Rikers Island and at-risk youth in marketable "green" skills, The Hort designs all of our programs to help further its singular mission: cultivating the vital, yet often ignored, connection between people and plants.
We don’t do it alone, of course—we never have. Your support is critical, so we ask that you give whatever you can. And although no two days at The Hort are ever quite the same, let us give you a glimpse of some of the work your kind gift will sustain:
- It's 7:30am, but GreenHouse Program Director Hilda Krus and her staff are already in our 3.5-acre garden on Rikers Island. Not only are they working with inmates to harvest the new flower and herb gardens to create potpourris and even creams and lips balms, but through horticultural therapy, they also help the inmates find meaningful personal expression, which, in turn, helps to reduce the rate of recidivism.
- By 9:00am, Field Supervisor Nick Guntli and the rest of the GreenTeam—including two brand-new graduates from GreenHouse, as well as a number of at-risk youth—are outside getting plazas throughout the city ready for winter. Filling planters with chrysanthemums and winter cabbages, members of the GreenTeam acquire real-world work experience while many of New York's underserved neighborhoods get a much-needed touch of green.
- During a working lunch, Chris Murtha, Director of Exhibitions, is busy reviewing submissions and scheduling studio visits to find the best up-and-coming creators of environmental art who live and work in New York. Four artists will be selected to exhibit throughout 2014 in our recently launched Project Space.
- At 3:15pm, Nina Arlein, one of our Apple Seed Educators, begins working with students in our afterschool program at the Harlem Children's Zone. So far, they've taken nature walks around the neighborhood, planted daffodils, and harvested herbs to create rubbing salts for yummy holiday meals!
As you can see, The Hort touches people's lives in so many different, unexpected ways. We're working hard to maximize the impact of our programs and we need your support. Please help us grow, and help all New Yorkers grow with us.
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