Who We Are


What is ASHS?

Established in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science is recognized around the world as one of the most respected and influential professional societies for horticultural scientists. ASHS is committed to promoting and encouraging national and international interest in scientific research and education in all branches of horticulture.

Comprised of thousands of members worldwide, ASHS represents a broad cross-section of the horticultural community - scientists, educators, students, landscape and turf managers, government, extension agents and industry professionals. ASHS members focus on practices and problems in horticulture: breeding, propagation, production and management, harvesting, handling and storage, processing, marketing and use of horticultural plants and products.

Who are we?

  • We are researchers, teachers, and extension educators.
  • We work at universities, in all levels of government, and in different areas of industry.
  • We are in every state and much of the world.

What do we do?

  • Our members use horticultural science to address major issues facing our nation and our world.
  • Provide the research that keeps our fruit, vegetable, turf, and ornamental crop producers competitive and allows them to raise their crops sustainability.
  • Educate tomorrow’s researchers and teachers in specialty crops.
  • Educate tomorrow’s fruit, vegetable, floral, and nursery crop growers.
  • Translate the latest fundamental research into products and practices that improve our health, communities, and environment
  • Improve rural economies by supporting profitable horticultural production.
  • Train the stewards of our urban and suburban environment.
  • Improve food security in central cities by making urban farms and gardens successful.
  • Improve sports and recreation through better natural playing surfaces.