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    Nearly a century of gardening...


    How we 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.

    The all-important concept of promoting and encouraging research and education in horticulture (in all of its branches) is the continued aim of the Society.

    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.