The Horticultural Research Institute, the AmericanHort foundation, has a long and rich heritage, bookmarked by key decisions that influenced the shape of our organization today.

The Horticultural Research Institute was established on September 19, 1962 to support and promote horticultural research that benefits the horticultural industry. To support its research efforts, the Horticultural Research Institute provides the opportunity for individuals, businesses, associations and foundations to make important tax-deductible contributions for the support of educational and scientific research.

The roots of the Horticultural Research Institute go back to the 1950’s, when leaders of the American Association of Nurserymen established the “American Nurserymen’s Research Foundation” in 1954. The motivation was to fund research in industry business operations and marketing to supplement research being done on plants and production at land grant universities. In 1962, a revamped Horticultural Research Institute replaced the older foundation. Eventually, two organizations were formed: Horticultural Research Institute the membership organization and several years later on July 7, 1975,  the 501(c)(3) Horticultural Research Institute Endowment Fund, the charitable foundation.

Over the lifespan of the two organizations, the Horticultural Research Institute Endowment Fund developed into a robust endowment fund that eclipsed the former Horticultural Research Institute in operational and fiscal capacity. As a result, it was determined that the needs of both organizations could be better served if the two were to merge into a single entity. On January 1, 2009, Horticultural Research Institute and Horticultural Research Institute Endowment Fund formally merged into the new Horticultural Research Institute. The new Horticultural Research Institute is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational foundation.

If you are interested in investing your time and talents with HRI, please contact Jennifer Gray.