What We're About

The Horticultural Research Institute, the AmericanHort Foundation, proudly supports scientific research and students for the advancement of the horticultural industry. HRI was established by industry leaders on the premise that no one could better direct needed research to advance horticulture than the very people who work in it, day in and day out.

We stick to that same vision today: we fund and guide horticultural research efforts with the direct input from industry professionals just like you.

Horticultural Research Institute is the horticulture community's research and development organization. Think of it as the strong foundation upon which to build your business.

HRI's work strengthens and improves the horticulture community for the benefit of all industry segments and our professional collaborators—

  • nursery and greenhouse growers
  • retail garden centers
  • landscape companies, exterior and interior
  • all who have an interest in the success of plants and managed landscapes, such as landscape architects, arborists, urban foresters

The extraordinary generosity of donors, both past and present, makes it possible for HRI to develop and support research efforts to protect and advance your community. Investing in research produces

  • new pest and disease management practices
  • increased mechanization/automation
  • production and management practices that improve efficiency and resource stewardship
  • improvements in production efficiency
  • enhanced understanding of how plants deliver economic, environmental, and human health benefits

—all of which impact your horticulture community, your business, and your legacy.

It is only with your support that HRI's research and advocacy efforts are made possible. Your willingness to invest and contribute  is what drives HRI's success. 


To direct, fund, promote and communicate horticultural research, which increases the quality and value of plants, improves the productivity and profitability of the horticulture industry, and protects and enhances the environment.

Our Vision

To be the premier horticultural research and development institution for the green industry.

Our Core Purpose

Focus on Survival Issues

To focus on industry survival issues such as pest management, environmental stewardship and sustainability, marketing, and mechanization/automation to reduce industry vulnerability to labor challenges and to improve production efficiency.

Encourage Technology Access

To educate and enhance the industry by effectively communicating the results and facilitating the technology transfer of horticultural research.

Disseminate Information

To act as a clearinghouse for industry research and statistics.

Build for the Future

To continue to develop Horticultural Research Institution's endowment fund.