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AHS President & CEO Beth Tuttle to Step Down October 31

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) today announced the resignation of Beth Tuttle, president & CEO, effective October 31, 2019.

In making the announcement, AHS Board Chair Erich Veitenheimer said, “Beth has decided to return to consulting to serve a range of cultural and other social benefit organizations. We are very appreciative of her work in establishing the strategic groundwork for AHS to chart a strong course in the future as we prepare to celebrate our centennial in 2022.”

Dr. Veitenheimer added that the Board will introduce an interim director for AHS while it conducts a national search for Tuttle’s replacement.

Tuttle joined AHS in October 2017 and immediately began guiding a significant research effort to understand the values and motivations of AHS members and the general population in relation to their gardening interests and activities. This work has provided new insights into the relevance of plants, gardening, and horticulture in American lives today that will help guide AHS going forward.

Under Tuttle’s leadership, AHS also established a dedicated programs and national partnerships department; delivered 4.5% year-over-year revenue growth in its national membership program in FY 2019; and grew its popular Reciprocal Admissions Program to 335 participating gardens by mid-2019.

For nearly a century, AHS has been a trusted information resource for American gardeners, garden enthusiasts, and professional horticulturists; fed their passion for plants and the natural world; and encouraged responsible stewardship of the earth. Its vision is to make America a nation of gardeners and a land of gardens.