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NYC Wildflower Week presents a full week of free events to showcase the 53,000 acres of open space and 778 native plants in NYC's 5 boroughs. The goal of the week is simple: to encourage New Yorkers to get to know the nature in their own back yard and to inspire them to protect this natural heritage for future generations.


Marielle Anzelone

  Mariellé Anzelone
Executive Director, Founder
Marielle Anzelone is an urban conservation biologist. The idea for NYC Wildflower Week was born of her desire to share her love of flora and create an posse of passionate plant people.  Prior to this, she was the Plant Ecologist for NYC Department of Parks’ Natural Resources Group for nearly 7 years. Her observations on seasonal change in autumn and spring and an op-ed on the extinct flora of New York City were featured in
The New York Times.

Marielle Anzelone

  Jill Bressler
Creative Director, Founder
Jill Bressler is a sustainability design strategist and an advertising Associate Creative Director at Ogilvy. Born and raised in Northern California, she now splits her time between Brooklyn and the tiny hamlet of Kerhonkson in the Catskills, where she has a spends most of the Spring, Summer and Fall gardening and growing vegetables.

Cindy Krindle   Cindy Kridle
Marketing Director, Founder
Cindy Kridle is a creative strategist and writer who loves to bring good ideas to life. A resident of NYC since 2001, she finds inspiration in the hidden green gems in the city which she loves to explore with her husband and their dog, Kim. She currently works as an Associate Creative Director at Deutsch Advertising.

Christine Rico   Hugh Reed
Program Coordinator
Hugh is an environmental analyst at One Nature, an ecological design and consulting firm out of Brooklyn and Beacon, NY. He also works as a gardener with Alive Structures , a Brooklyn-based green roof and gardening company specializing in native plants. He joined Wildflower Week after working with Marielle on a study researching the long-term effects of the MillionTreesNYC program. Hugh loves to travel around the city and state to hike, observe, bike, swim, and fish.

Nina Wheeler-Chalfin   Nina Wheeler-Chalfin
Program Coordinator
Nina Wheeler-Chalfin became involved with NYC Wildflower Week through her work for the Native Plant Garden in Union Square Park, a place where New Yorkers can commune with native plants and learn about our urban ecology. She cultivated her love for the natural environment while growing up in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. Now, having lived in New York for many years, her passion is helping people (herself included) understand, and connect with, the nature around them. Nina is currently working to expose young people to the wonderful world of plants through practical and educational school gardens.


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Torrey Botanical Society  

Torrey Botanical Society

NYC Wildflower Week is hosted by the Torrey Botanical Society as a way to re-engage New Yorkers with the natural heritage so beloved by our namesake, John Torrey. Started in the 1871 as a way for his students and colleagues to share their knowledge and love of the local flora, this tradition continues today.

The Society promotes the exploration and study of plant life, with particular focus on the flora of the New York City metro area. Today, it fosters and supports floristic curiosity through indoor meetings (lectures), outdoor meetings (plant walks), fellowships that support graduate study, and publications. For more information: www.torreybotanical.org

Far from being an anachronism, botanical societies are rich repositories of knowledge. Please help us preserve our sense of place through the study of botany by joining TBS today. Keep the oldest botanical society in the United States alive and active in the study and conservation of plants.

Support the Torrey Botanical Society today!


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Special thanks to

Becky Hrdy, Treasurer, Torrey Botanical Society



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