What 
is the Horticultural Research Institute?

HRI is the “community foundation” for horticulture. It exists to understand the business of horticulture and, by doing so, fund, advocate for, and direct research specific to horticulture and horticulture businesses. By sharing research results as universally as it can, HRI provides the most effective, efficient, and relevant solutions to our industry. 


Each year, HRI solicits, reviews, and funds select research projects investigating various aspects important to the trade:

  • Pest management
  • Disease management
  • Water management
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Business practices

HRI strives to assist donors and others to strengthen and improve the industry.

Key Facts
Established in 1962 by leadership within ANLA to augment “technical” research underway at land grant universities with “business operations and marketing” research for horticulture businesses.

Governed by an executive committee (president, immediate past-president, president-elect and three trustees), and a 22-person board of trustees.

More than 175 individuals, families, businesses, and associations have created unique funds through the foundation to support horticulture causes. Grants are made from these funds for research and scholarships.

HRI manages $11 million in assets. Since its founding, grants from donors have totaled more than $6.5 million.

HRI publishes a peer-reviewed, scientific publication called The Journal of Environmental Horticulture. Subscriptions are available to AmericanHort members at a discounted rate. The Journal is published quarterly (March, June, September, and December).

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to become members of HRI for a yearly contribution of $250. Membership includes a subscription to the Journal.

Contributions to HRI are tax-deductible; HRI is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational foundation.

HRI regularly and effectively collaborates and advises agencies like the USDA on horticulture research needs, heavily influencing the direction of federally-funded horticulture research.

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

Click here to visit HRIResearch.org for more information.