The American Horticultural Society will remain at River Farm

River Farm will continue to be our national headquarters and remain a priceless asset for the general public and future generations to enjoy.

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Welcome All Aspiring, Novice, & Expert Gardeners!

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is one of the most respected, longstanding national gardening organizations in the country.

Since 1922, we have been a trusted source of high quality gardening and horticultural information.

Today, our mission blends education, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship with the art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is a land of sustainable gardens, cultivated by a diverse population with a common passion for plants.

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Upcoming AHS Events

  • Conversations with Great American Gardeners: Michael Balick webinar


    The American Horticultural Society is excited to launch a new virtual speaker series featuring current and past Great American Gardeners Award Winners and Book Award Winners. Since 1953, the AHS has been recognizing and celebrating horticultural champions that represent the best in American gardening. In a lively and engaging conversational format, past honoree Michael Balick, Ph. D. (H. Marc Cathey Award 2020) will share his knowledge and experience with our event host, Holly Shimizu, gardener to gardener. A world renowned ethnobotanist at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Michael J. Balick, Ph.D., works with indigenous cultures to document plant diversity, preserve knowledge about traditional uses for plants, and help these communities sustainably manage their resources. In the course of this work, he evaluates the potential of these botanical resources for broader medical or pharmaceutical applications. His most recent project focuses on the tropical Pacific Islands in Micronesia and Melanesia, where he is documenting the diversity, local use, and management of plant resources in support of a region-wide conservation plan. Balick is currently vice president for botanical science at NYBG, where he has worked since 1980. He is also director and senior philecology curator of the NYBG Institute of Economic Botany, which he cofounded in 1981.

  • Travel Study: Discovering the Beauty of Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon


    An exotic adventure hidden behind the peaks of the Himalayas with AHS Host Katy Moss Warner and Tour Leader Susie Orso of SpecialTours.

  • Conversations with Great American Gardeners: Shane Smith webinar


    The American Horticultural Society is excited to launch a new virtual speaker series featuring current and past Great American Gardeners Award Winners and Book Award Winners. Since 1953, the AHS has been recognizing and celebrating horticultural champions that represent the best in American gardening. In a lively and engaging conversational format, past honoree Shane Smith (Professional Award 2012) will share his knowledge and experience with our event host, Holly Shimizu, gardener to gardener. Since its inception in 1977 until 2018, Shane Smith was the director (and a founder) of the award-winning Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Wyoming’s only public botanic garden. The operation includes 9 acres of developed grounds, one of the nation’s oldest and largest solar-heated and solar-powered greenhouses, and the recently opened Paul Smith Children’s Village, which is the nation’s first public children’s garden to receive LEED Platinum designation. Currently, Shane Smith is the Director Emeritus. He continues to mentor other botanic gardens and continues to garden in his state-of-the-art greenhouse in western Colorado.

  • Travel Study: Treasures of Japan


    Discover the wonder of Japan with AHS Host Holly Shimizu and Osamu Shimizu

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