Mission: To promote gardening in america by connecting people and plants, encouraging stewardship of the earth, and celebrating the art and science of horticulture.
Programs: Educational programs: these activities focus on sharing the art and science of horticulture with a special emphasis on gardening with children and youth. Since 1993, the society has hosted the national children and youth garden symposium that is committed to bridging the growing divide that separates young people from the natural world. The society's internship program provides valuable hands-on experience for college students, helping to shape the horticultural leaders of tomorrow. Online, reciprocal admissions, travel study, seed exchange, and other special programs offer members the opportunity to explore their passion for gardens and gardening. The society's national awards programs encourage excellence and honor the achievements of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to horticulture in america.
membership programs: this program includes providing services and outreach in support of the society's members throughout the united states and internationally. Member communications and other benefits provide supporters with the information and inspiration they need to be successful gardeners - enriching their lives and having a positive impact on their communities. In addition, these activities contribute to the organizational objectives of helping more americans enjoy the rewards of gardens and gardening, celebrating the diversity of horticulture in america, and encouraging earth-friendly gardening practices. Reciprocal agreements with public gardens and horticultural organizations extend the society's reach.
communications programs: these programs include the society's flagship publication, the american gardener magazine. Providing useful and authoritative information, the american gardener demonstrates the society's commitment to communicating, standardizing, and enriching the language of horticulture through a variety of media. The society's website and internet presence provides a wealth of gardening information as well as updates on the society's programs. With more than 100 books devoted to the world of ornamental plants published under the ahs banner, the society is a leader in creating authoritative gardening reference books that put the most current horticultural information in the hands of professional and amateur gardeners across america.
river farm gardens and buildings: includes the operation, stewardship, and ongoing enhancement of the society's 25-acre headquarters property, river farm. A site of regional, national, horticultural, and historic significance, river farm is open to visitors and serves as a venue for educational programs, exhibits, civic meetings, and special events. The property's gardens and natural areas include many demonstration areas and models promoting horticultural innovation, practical experimentation, sustainability, and conservation. The gardens and buildings staff also provides content and coordination in support of the society's on-site and national programs.