David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

18 April 2007

The Horticultural Society of New York's 10th Anniversary

I went to the The Horticultural Society of New York's 10th Anniversary Flowers & Design Gala. Why there? A number of reasons including the organizers' promotion and assurance of something interesting.  For me, there are two things to think about: me, and you. At the Horticultural I knew, if nothing else, I'd see a lot of creative. "Flowers & Design" at Guastavino's the restaurant on East 59th Street under the 59th Street bridge.  They were honoring longtime Benefactors Harvey and Constance Krueger , Interior Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper and Former Floral Master at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Chris Giftos . 

This year the theme was “The Four Seasons”. 7:00pm cocktails, 8:30pm dinner. Black tie. Ingrao and Kemper, two of the honorees get around. Regular readers have seen them on this site many times. Creative and much sought after, you'll run into them in New York, the Hamptons where they have, it is said although I've never seen it, a fantastic piece of property; in Paris, London, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills. They know a lot of people and camaraderie is in the air. Always a good vibe for a party like this.

So what is the Horticultural Society, and why does it matter?  Well, this is their stated mission: To improve the quality of life in New York through its library and educational and community outreach programs. HSNY is committed to promoting a public appreciation and understanding of the art and science of horticulture.

The Society was founded in 1900, incorporated in 1902. They go out into the community, especially what we now call the “underserved communities” to reach a broader spectrum, especially the “underserved” – a very broad base. And growing. Need to plant more. "

A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit. " - Greek Proverb

Alison Minton, Michel Witmer, and Jennifer Juzaitis