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New Member Benefit: Discount on Rosa: The Story of the Rose, by Peter E. Kukielski,

AHS members receive a 30% discount on a new publication, Rosa: The Story of the Rose, from Yale University Press. AHS members can now log in to access the special promo code. This promotion is valid on orders placed on the publisher’s website through the end of April.

While working with the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, author Peter Kukielski realized that people loved hearing the stories behind the roses (rather than dates or data). In Rosa he brings these incredibly varied tales and associations to the foreground, telling the stories of roses throughout history. Follow along as Kukielski traces the story of the rose from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to the modern era including bite-sized stories from Nero’s excess exemplified in a rainstorm of rose petals to the rivalry of English noble houses that led to the War of the Roses to the ‘Green Rose’ as a marker of safe houses along the Underground Railroad. Rosa offers an abundance of stories and more than 140 color illustrations in which roses appear as key players in love stories, yes, but also in religion, poetry, painting, literature, science, politics, and medicine. If ever there was a question about the rose’s preeminent place in the world of ornamental horticulture, Kukielski quiets any dissenters with his thoroughly-researched work.

In her foreword to Rosa, Judith Tankard calls Peter’s work revitalizing Beatrix Farrand’s original rose garden at the New York Botanical Garden “truly inspired.” She adds, “Peter’s readable and engaging volume, an undertaking of many years, is sure to inspire new generations of rose lovers.”

If Rosa inspires readers to begin a rose garden of their own, Kukielski ends with words of wisdom and encouragement. “This book has told stories of the rose’s resilience. Its millions of years of survival provide a foundation for its future. The timeless nature of the rose is safe because it is not a whim.”

Peter Kukielski was curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden from 2006 to 2014. He now lives in Portland, Maine, but his career has its roots in Atlanta, where for over ten years he owned and operated a rose garden design/maintenance business called The Rose Petaler, Inc.

Today Peter is widely recognized for his work toward sustainability and disease resistance in rose gardens, and is author of Roses Without Chemicals: 150 Disease-Free Varieties That Will Change the Way You Grow Roses (Timber Press, 2015) and co‑editor of The Sustainable Rose Garden (Newbury, 2011).

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You’re Invited: AHS Virtual Art Show & Sale

The American Horticultural Society’s Virtual Art Show and Sale is now open! Each year AHS’s River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, VA is fortunate to work with talented local artists who share their horticultural and nature-themed artwork at annual Art Shows and Open Houses throughout the year.

We are excited to host a Virtual Art Show this year so that anyone across the country can easily participate by making a purchase or a donation on our virtual platform. Browse a wide selection of garden and nature-themed art from our featured artists Nina Tisara, Nathan Leibowitz and Otari Shiuk.

The Virtual Art Show is open through June. A portion of all sales benefits the American Horticultural Society’s national programs and mission to share with all Americans the critical role of plants, gardens, and green spaces in creating healthy, livable communities and a sustainable planet.

View the Virtual Art Show and Sale

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Join Our Membership Month Challenge

May is Membership Month at the American Horticultural Society (AHS), and all month long we’re recognizing friends like you for all you do to help promote sustainable gardening and build a community of responsible caretakers of the Earth.

During Membership Month, we’ve set a goal of expanding our AHS family by 100 members by May 31 to bring our programs and resources to more people across the country. To show our gratitude, when you join AHS in May 2020 with a donation of $25 or more—a savings of $10 off the regular membership rate—we’ll send you a FREE reusable, foil-insulated lunch bag!

You’ll also receive all the benefits of membership, including a free subscription to The American Gardener magazine, seed and plant discounts, book discounts, and more.

Support our Membership Month Challenge by joining today! 

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New AHS Member Benefit: 30% Discount off Gardening Books

Thanks to Princeton University Press, we’re able to offer members of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) a new benefit that’s ideal for garden planning and planting season.

Effective immediately, AHS members receive a 30% discount off all gardening books from the publisher. This includes The Gardener’s Botanical: An Encyclopedia of Latin Plant Names, written by horticulturist Ross Bayton and published in February 2020. Other discounted books include ones focused on pollinator gardening and wildflowers, among other topics.

To take advantage of this new member benefit, AHS members can log in to the member portal and access the discount code. Non-members can join the AHS to start enjoying member benefits!

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Renowned Horticulturist Holly Shimizu Shares Why You Should Join AHS

Whether you remember her as a host of “The Victory Garden” show on PBS, as the first curator of the U.S. National Arboretum’s National Herb Garden, or as the longtime Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, Holly Shimizu is a legend in the horticulture world. She also is a 2020 winner of the prestigious Scott Medal and Award from The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, and a Board Member of the American Horticultural Society (AHS).

See why Holly thinks you too should join the AHS, then join now for a limited-time $10 discount!

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New AHS Member Benefit: Discounts at 2020 Home + Garden Shows

Thanks to our new partnership with Marketplace Events, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) is now offering a new AHS member benefit: special discounts on tickets at upcoming Marketplace Events-produced Home + Garden Shows held in cities across the nation.

Many shows will offer 2-for-1 tickets or buy one, get one free tickets. The Northwest Flower & Garden Festival in Seattle, WA (Feb. 26 – March 1) is offering $6 off a two-day pass. 

AHS members can learn more about participating shows and how to obtain their discounts by logging in to the members-only section of the website. Non-members can join now.

The following is a sampling of participating Home + Garden Shows, including eight shows for which AHS is a sponsor (noted in boldface italics):

Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show: Concord, NC (January 24-26)
KC Remodel + Garden Show: Kansas City, MO (January 31 – February 2)
The Great Big Home + Garden Show: Cleveland, OH (January 31 – February 9)
Des Moines Home + Garden Show: Des Moines, IA (February 6-9)
Philly Home + Garden Show: Oaks, PA (February 14-16)
Capital Remodel + Garden Show: Chantilly, VA (February 21-23)
Cincinnati Home + Garden Show: Cincinnati, OH (February 22-23 + February 27-March 1)
Johnson County Home + Garden Show: Overland Park, KS (February 21-23)
Northwest Flower & Garden Festival: Seattle, WA (February 26-March 1)
Minneapolis Home + Garden Show: Minneapolis, MN (February 26-March 1)
San Antonio Home & Garden Show: San Antonio, TX (February 28-March 1)
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: Charlotte, NC (February 28-March 1 + March 6-8)
Salt Lake Tribune Home + Garden Show: Sandy, UT (March 6-8)
Richmond Home & Garden Show: Richmond, VA (March 6-8)
Indiana Flower + Patio Show: Indianapolis, IN (March 14-22)
Austin Home & Garden Show: Austin, TX (March 27-29)
Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show, Lexington, KY (April 3-5)

For a complete list of 2020 Home + Garden Shows, please visit


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AHS Adds 10 New Reciprocal Admissions Program Gardens for 2020

AHS members now have access to special admissions privileges and discounts at more than 330 gardens nationwide through our Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP).

The 10 newest gardens to join RAP in 2020 include Durango Botanic Gardens in Durango, Colorado; Connecticut College Arboretum in New London, Connecticut; Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia; Hauberg Estate in Rock Island, Illinois; Oak Park Conservatory in Oak Park, Illinois; Native Plant Trust in Framingham, Massachusetts; Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska; Bedrock Gardens in Lee, New Hampshire; Constable Hall Gardens in Constableville, New York; and Haverford College Arboretum in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

For more information about RAP and to pre-order a print copy of the 2020 RAP guide — scheduled for shipping in early February — visit our RAP Garden page. To gain access to this valuable membership benefit, join AHS