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...

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:...

Seasonal Recipe: Green Bean Salad with Salsa Fresca Dressing

    A delicious, colorful salad that is healthy, delicious, and refreshing on a hot summer day – definitely a crowd pleaser.     Ingredients 1 pound green beans 1 bunch frisée or escarole, torninto bite-size pieces 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted 3/4 cup crumbled goat cheese Salsa Fresca...

Seasonal Recipe: Spring Vegetable Pizza

Mr. Green Bean’s Spring Outdoor Adventures

Senses Scavenger Hunt Ages 3-10 Spring is the perfect time to go outside and see what is growing. Walk in the park, around the block, or to a local garden and try to find everything on the list below. Add a few of your own too!     Spring Nature Journal Ages 10+ A nature...

The Hort’s 4th Annual Green Bean Bash

On February 6th the Hort hosted the Fourth Annual Green Bean Bash at Temple Israel. Over 300 children and adults gathered for an afternoon of fun crafts, delectable vegetables, crawly insects, glittery tattoos, and hang out with everyone’s favorite mustachioed friend: Mr. Green Bean. For three hours, families learned the intricacies of our natural world...

The Hort Welcomes Apple Seed Education Intern

Pamela Ito, Director of Education: I am pleased to introduce Maya Farestein-Weiss to our Apple Seed teaching team. Maya is a jovial, creative high school senior at the Institute for Collaborative Education. As a young child, Maya’s parents were members of a local Manhattan community garden, where she spent a great deal of time planting...

Green Family Circle Winter Recipe

Elderberry Syrup     Black elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are known for being full of vitamins and immune boosting compounds that have been shown to help fight colds and the flu. You may also use juices from frozen blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, either from the grocery store or frozen from summer berry picking. This syrup is...

Mr. Green Bean’s Winter Activities

DIY Desk Pals Ages 3-8 Go nuts – and spices and beans! Have fun making these simple treasures with your children. Materials: • 1 cup water • 6 bags Chai tea • 1 cup salt • 2 cups flour • Assorted spices and seeds: Cinnamon sticks, cloves, lentils, pumpkin seeds, peppercorns, cardamom pods etc. Instructions:...

Fall Activities with Emma Lazarus High School

Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters and Amari

With the spirit of the season in full swing, The Hort invited Mark Bitterman, a leading culinary salt, chocolate, and cocktail bitters expert, on December 9th to lead an in-depth bitters making. Mark brought everyone on a small, cocktail inspired trip through history; he discussed the foundations of bitters, their prohibition survival, and modern developments....