AHS in a Nutshell


The American Horticultural Society educates Americans about and advocates Earth-friendly and sustainable gardening practices, as well as models them at our River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. 

What We Do

View our national non-profit’s vision and mission statements.

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AHS Membership Benefits

Learn about the reasons you should consider joining the American Horticultural Society and the various benefits you receive each year!

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River Farm

River Farm serves as the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. Situated on 25 acres of landscaped gardens, it is the perfect place for a play date, tour, or special event!

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AHS Overview


Founded in 1922, the non-profit American Horticultural Society (AHS) is one of the most respected and longstanding member-based national gardening organizations in North America. The Society’s membership includes more than 20,000 aspiring, new, and experienced gardeners, plant enthusiasts, and horticultural professionals, as well as numerous regional and national partner organizations.

Through our educational programs, awards, and publications, AHS connects people to gardening, raises awareness of earth-friendly gardening practices, introduces children to plants, brings together leaders to address important national issues, and showcases the art and practice of horticulture. We do this in close collaboration with our programmatic partners, including the National Pollinator Garden NetworkOutdoors Alliance for Kids, and Seed Your Future.

We also have a number of horticultural partners, including America in BloomBellingrath Gardens & HomeThe Colonial Williamsburg FoundationCox Arboretum MetroparkFriends of Fellows Riverside GardensThe Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of AmericaInniswood Garden SocietyPerennially Yours, and Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation.

Our corporate members include The Davey Tree Expert CompanyChapel Valley Landscape CompanyCorona ToolsThe Espoma Company, and Osmocote.

AHS’s headquarters at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia is a national showcase for gardening and horticultural practices.

Once part of George Washington’s farmland, this 25-acre historic site overlooking the Potomac River features a blend of formal and naturalistic gardens, including a four-acre meadow, an orchard, a wildlife garden, and an award-winning children’s garden.