Saturday, May 09, 2015



Jean Shafiroff

The Horticultural Society of New York held their 18th Annual New York Flower Show Dinner Dance at the Pierre Hotel recently. Twenty-five of the tri-state area’s premier floral, fashion and interior designers transformed the Pierre Hotel’s ballroom into spectacular garden. Each designer paid tribute to some of the most notable gardens in the world with their visionary tablescapes.

The Horticulture Society, along with some of New York City’s most influential socialites and designers, enjoyed a black tie dinner dance amidst the towering floral tabletop displays. During the gala, The Hort recognized Robert Couturier, legendary architect and decorator, and Barbara Israel, distinguished antique garden ornament dealer and author.

Founded in 1900, and incorporated in 1902, with J. P. Morgan, Louis C. Tiffany, and J.J. Phelps among its earliest members, the goal of the Horticultural Society was to further the love and knowledge of horticulture through informative monthly meetings, formal lectures and seasonal flower shows.

Today, over 100 years later, it is still growing a community of urban gardeners. Its 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.

The Horticulture Society focuses on the interrelatedness and complexity of the “green” issues in our city, and works to educate and inform across the spectrum. Its programs and projects encompass urban farming, rooftop gardening, container vegetable production, bioremediation, storm water abatement, landscape design, vocational training, horticultural therapy and environmental literacy. For more information see

 Photo By: Owen Wilson/Patrick McMullan

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