AHS in a Nutshell
Making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens. That's our vision. Ambitious? Sure, but we don't think it's impossible. It's what we've been doing for more than 90 years.
River Farm serves as the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. Situated on 25 acres of landscaped lawns and gardens, it is the perfect place for a day-trip or a wedding!
Members enjoy our award-winning magazine, seed exchange, access to nearly 300 gardens, and more...
What We Do
To open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth...
Founded in 1922, the non-profit American Horticultural Society (AHS) is one of the oldest member-based national gardening organizations in North America. The Society’s membership includes nearly 20,000 avid gardeners and horticultural professionals as well as numerous regional and national partner organizations. Through its educational programs, awards, and publications, the AHS connects people to gardening to help raise awareness of earth-friendly gardening practices, introduces children to plants, brings together leaders to address important national issues, and showcases the art and science of horticulture.
The AHS 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, a vegetable demonstration garden, and award winning children’s gardens.