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    Members who make leadership gifts of $1,000 or more are recognized through membership in the AHS President’s Council.

    Their charitable gifts provide funds that support everything from internships and the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, to national awards and the stewardship of River Farm.

    President’s Council

    Levels of Support

    In consideration of their kind generosity, the American Horticultural Society is pleased to offer President’s Council members a range of opportunities for recognition and involvement.

    Contact us if your President's Council membership has expired, or you would like to join the President's Council.

    If you would like to speak to someone during business hours about membership in the President's Council, please call Susan Klejst, Director of Development & Engagement, at (703) 768-5700 ext. 127, or send an email inquiry to sklejst@ahsgardening.org.

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    Annual Trip for President's Council members

    The 2018 President's Council annual tour of a U.S. garden region went to St. Petersburg, Florida May 14-18. The 2019 destination will be announced later this year.

    If you are interested in joining the President’s Council and attending the PC tour, please contact the Development office at development@ahsgardening.org or call (703) 768-5700 ext. 127 or ext. 132. 

    President's Council Membership Benefits

    President's Council members receive full AHS membership benefits for one year.

    In addition, the following benefits are exclusive to Council members on an annual basis:

    • Council lapel pin (first year of membership)
    • Recognition in The American Gardener
    • Recognition in the AHS Annual Report
    • Recognition on the Philanthropic Wall of Honor at the Society's River Farm headquarters
    • Invitation to travel with the AHS President on the annual President's Council tour of a U.S. garden region
    • Three issues each year of Garden Clippings, our AHS Insider newsletter
    • Invitations to the AHS Annual Great American Gardeners Awards and the Annual Gala
    • Special invitations to select River Farm events
    • Free copy of the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program Guide
    • 20% discount on merchandise in the AHS Garden Shop on specified Council member appreciation days
    • Special Council membership card

    The AHS is pleased to offer President's Council members additional benefits, recognition, and involvement opportunities with participation at one of five giving circle levels:

    Council Member's Circle ($1,000 - $2,499 per year)

    • Two complimentary gift memberships per year

    Sustainer's Circle ($2,500 - $4,999 per year)

    • A specially arranged guided tour of the Society's River Farm headquarters with the AHS President and River Farm Horticulturist
    • Two complimentary gift memberships per year

    Haupt Circle ($5,000-$9,999 per year)

    • Priority advance reservation opportunities for AHS Travel Study Program tours
    • A specially arranged guided tour of the Society's River Farm headquarters with the AHS President and River Farm Horticulturist
    • Two complimentary gift memberships per year

    Liberty Hyde Bailey Circle ($10,000-$24,999 per year)

    • An autographed gardening book (a different title each year)
    • Priority advance reservation opportunities for AHS Travel Study Program tours
    • A specially arranged guided tour of the Society's River Farm headquarters with the AHS President and River Farm Horticulturist
    • Two complimentary gift memberships per year

    Founder's Circle ($25,000 or more per year)

    • Two complimentary tickets to the Great American Gardeners Awards banquet
    • An autographed gardening book (a different title each year)
    • Priority advance reservation opportunities for AHS Travel Study Program tours
    • A specially arranged guided tour of the Society's River Farm headquarters with the AHS President and River Farm Horticulturist
    • Two complimentary gift memberships per year