AHS History


Founded in 1922, the non-profit American Horticultural Society (AHS) is one of the most longstanding, respected national gardening organizations in North America.

The organization will celebrate its Centennial year in 2022.

How We Got Started 


AHS, as it is known today, is the result of combining three different horticultural groups, the (original) American Horticultural Society, the National Horticultural Society, and the American Horticultural Council. Each of these organizations was formed with a different intention, but in the interest of improving horticulture in America as both a science and an art form, the groups merged over the years.

For more information about AHS’s history, see the “AHS 80th Anniversary” articles that appeared in the 2002 issues of The American Gardener magazine. Click on the issues below to read about AHS over the years.