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Volunteer with our Native Plant Nursery

Get your hands dirty, learn how to grow native plants, and help us create beautiful gardens and resilient landscapes--all while supporting the agroecology mission of Hilltop Hanover Farm!


Register for Gardening for Good on May 16th


Gardening for Good

Thursday, May 16th



Gardens are ecosystems full of life. The plants we choose matter to the diversity of life within our gardens and to surrounding landscape. This talk will cover lessons learned from NYBG’s 120 years of garden management and stewardship of the 50 acre, Thain Family Forest as case study. The concepts of ecology will be introduced and translated into practical steps you can use in your garden focusing on native plant communities, plant-animal interactions, and resources developed for the New York Region. 

Jessica A. Schuler, Director of the Thain Family Forest at The New York Botanical Garden, is responsible for the management of the 50 acre, old growth urban Forest including ecological restoration and the development of education and research programs. She teaches about urban forest restoration, invasive species, and native plants. Jessica earned a BS in plant science with distinction in research from Cornell University, is an ISA-certified arborist and Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner with the Society for Ecological Restoration. Jessica is an advocate for native plant conservation and ecological restoration.

This program is free, but registration is required. Sign Up now!