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Why AmericanHort

AmericanHort - Get Connected



The Right Connections Make All the Difference

Knowing the right people and having access to the latest industry information is crucial when it comes to performing at your highest level. As a member of AmericanHort, the green industry’s leading association, you will be connected to the mentors, leaders and knowledgeable resources you need - when you need them - so that you can Perform Better day in and day out, Grow Faster than you ever dreamed possible, and Prepare both Yourself and Your Business for the Future. Become an AmericanHort member today!

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AmericanHort - Perform Better
By highlighting best practices throughout our industry.



Through Education |Through Research |Through Certification| Through Industry Benchmarking

By providing you with the information needed to drive both your business and our industry forward.

AmericanHort - Grow Faster

With Trade Shows & Conferences | With Affinity Programs| With Industry Insider Reports

AmericanHort - Prepare for the Future

By ensuring our industry's continued growth and success for generations to come.


Through Advocacy | Through PlantPAC (Our Political Action Committee) | Through Workforce Development

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Don't Just Survive. Thrive!

At AmericanHort, we believe best practices are the key to survival, enabling you to perform better on a daily basis.  We’re committed to finding the best practices throughout the industry and sharing them with our members. Become a member today and we can connect you with the additional information you need to drive your business forward and grow faster.  For more information about the benefits of an AmericanHort membership, download our membership brochure.

See what key industry leaders are saying about the value of an AmericanHort membership!


Our Membership Levels


We offer three levels of membership in AmericanHort; Basic, Plus and Premium.  

It pays to be Premium!  With a Premium membership you get everything you’d get with a Basic or Plus membership, but you’ll also receive priority access to resources and services that will help you and your business achieve your greatest goals .  Still not sure what level of membership is right for you? Feel free to contact us with questions, or review the comparison chart below.

   Premium   Plus   Basic   Academic   Retired   Student 
   $1195-$3495*   $495   $295   $75   $75   $25 
Washington, D.C.-based team advocates directly with government on industry issues  
Impact Washington, monthly e-newsletter & opportunity to attend biennial legislative fly-in  
Quarterly advocacy update webinars presented by our Washington, D.C.-based staff          
MemberVoice, a tool to be heard on national legislation and regulations  
Webinars & briefings on tax, labor and transportation from industry experts  
Industry Insider Reports
-Enhancing Industry Profit Margins
-Improvement through Sustainable Practices
-Consumer Trends
Industry Insider Series Wrap Up Discussion          
Industry Benchmark Program that allows you to benchmark against industry segment peers
-Expert recommendation to improve business bottom line
-Access to green industry business valuation experts to assist in valuing your business for financing, planning or expansion needs
Workshops & Training  
24/7 Knowledge Center with over 4,000 videos, webinars, articles and employment development tools  
Access to webinars  
Access to sustainability through MPS (More Profitable Sustainability)  
Connect, six issues per year, monthly digital e-news  
Impact Washington, bi-weekly newsletter  
Listing in Resource Directory  
Event registration discounts  
Substantial discounts on exhibit space        
Preferred housing at Cultivate          
Consulting and legal access with CJ Lake & KCoe-Isom for issues including:
-Tax Reform
-Agricultural & Horticultural Law
Membership list rental (additional cost)* *set up fee waived for Premium            
Access to Business Savings & Affinity Programs
-Credit card services
-Worker’s comp
-Energy & shipping services
-Office supplies & software
*based on annual sales


Your membership lasts a year from when you sign up. So if you become a member June 15, your membership will expire June 14 of the following year.

Below you’ll find contact info for all of our partners. Have your AmericanHort member ID ready when you get in touch with the services you’re interested in taking advantage of.

To renew online, simply login here with your company username and password and click the “Renew now” button. You can also call the office directly at (614) 487-1117, and we’ll take your information over the phone. Finally, you can mail back payment with the the renewal form that we send you shortly before your membership expires.

Join online by clicking here or contacting us at (614) 487-1117.

Your login and password were sent to you when you first joined. We’re also happy to help you when you call us at (614) 487-1117.

Event registration pricing always lists member and non-member pricing. The amount varies depending on which event you would like to attend.

We love sharing! Whether it’s government updates, research projects information, or the next great event, we want you to be informed.

Pass the bi-monthly Connect newsletter around after you’re done reading it, and forward those above mentioned emails to appropriate people at your company. We also recommend updating your company roster of employees when you login to your company profile here.

Call us, and we’ll handle it for you, or choose an upgraded level of membership on the print renewal form and send along with your payment.


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Affinity Programs

Keep a little green in your pocket:

As a member of AmericanHort you can take advantage of a variety of business savings opportunities through the following affinity program partnerships.

Plant Sentry

Plant Sentry is a software program pioneered by Nature Hills Nursery that provides a comprehensive plant compliance tool designed to ensure that wholesale, retail and e-commerce vendors grow and ship only plants that are fully compliant with all federal regulations and restrictions and those of all 50 states. AmericanHort members will be eligible for cost savings in using the Plant Sentry program. Savings will vary based on each business’s needs.

For more information contact Jeff Dinslage, at Email Jeff Dinslage at or Click here to visit Plant Sentry

Electronic Payment Services

Merchant Services offers the newest technologies in electronic payment systems to help your every business function – from tracking inventory by plant type to customer marketing for seasonal savings – all from one complete management system. Prepare your business to accept new EMV smart chip cards and mobile payments such as Apple Pay™, or take your business on-the-go with mobile processing options that ensure that wherever you are, you never miss a sale. Merchant Services has been a nationwide supporter of the green industry for years, providing members with cost-cutting, profit-increasing programs designed to help your business run smoother and grow faster. To find what solutions best fit your business, contact Scott Norris at 800-889-7242 ext. 7865 or email for a complimentary consultation.

"We have been in the business of growing and selling plants for over 40 years. When we were looking for a new credit card processor who understood our seasonal industry, Scott Norris at Merchant Services helped us with a program that worked with our business model. We saved money and received no early termination fee on our contract. Scott is very easy to get in touch with and very responsive."
Pete Shafer
Nanticoke Gardens

Credit Rating Service

(Wholesale growers and suppliers only)

The American Nursery Credit Association (ANCA) is a member-based organization where members enjoy a unique credit rating service, devised by and limited to wholesale growers and suppliers, to facilitate industry commerce via a system of confidential reports. No need to send credit reference requests to your colleagues, simply login to the ANCA website and find out what you need to know.

AmericanHort members not already members of ANCA, can join at a $50 discount.

Renew and you’ll receive a $25 discount for your second year.

To join, contact Angela Burkett at 717-724-0296 or

"The ANCA database allows our sales department to make a same-day credit decision without the hassle of mailing or faxing out references and waiting for the response."
Greg Pilcher
Iseli Nursery

Commercial Collection Agency

CST Co. is a full-service commercial collection agency with over 88 years of experience in the personal handling of accounts worldwide. Inside adjustors average over 20 years of experience in commercial collections, most of it with CST. CST also has field representatives in or near every major US city - they are available to meet with you personally to discuss your credit and collection issues. They can also call on your past-due customers, when appropriate, to provide personal service on your accounts. CST is licensed and bonded in all 50 states where a commercial collection agency license is required. Members receive a 20 percent to 25 percent discount on preliminary collection services.

To get signed up or for more information, contact CST's client services department at 800/626-5873 or, or visit

"I have been a credit and collections manager for 30 years. I have used many collection agencies through the course of my career. I would strongly recommend the services of CST Company. I started using them several years ago and have not used anyone else since...No games, no complaints, just great collections from a great company."
Olga Trujillo, Accounts Receivable
BFN Operations (Berry Family Nurseries)

Office Products

Members can now receive savings of up to 80 percenton office and school supplies from Office Depot. You can shop online or go to the nearest Office Depot location to take advantage of these special discounted prices on products and services. Click “Shop Online” to receive your savings online, and click “Print Free Card” to print the discount card for use at Office Depot locations.

HEALTHY WORKPLACE: Cleaning and Breakroom Discount Supply Program available to members. Savings up to 40%.   

To get signed up or for more information, please contact customer support at 866-598-9320 or

Specifications and Software

ARCOM is recognized as the specification experts in the construction and building industries and has been trusted by design and specification professionals for decades. Dedicated to simplifying specification development, ARCOM’s specification writers, software developers, and support professionals integrate exceptional specification content with software solutions to help design professionals produce specifications in less time.

ARCOM exclusively publishesMasterSpec® for The American Institute of Architects (AIA). MasterSpec is the most widely used and comprehensive master guide specification system in the building industry and is used by top architectural, engineering, and landscape architecture firms. ARCOM’s innovative specification productivity software tools dramatically simplify specification creation, research, editing, and formatting The MasterSpec Landscape Architecture Library is endorsed by AmericanHort.


AmericanHort members receive a 10% discount on the MasterSpec Landscape Architecture library.

Contact ARCOM at 800-424-5080 or at for more information.

Big Savings on Events

Whether you plan to exhibit at or attend an AmericanHort event (including Cultivate), we make it affordable to participate in the events. For example, all employees of member companies are eligible for registration discounts. Member Company Plus and Member Company Premium levels receive significant savings on business-development activities, including special rates for trade shows.


Summaries of the latest business best sellers

The Business Source offers concise summaries of books you need to read. Each month learn best practices and gain powerful insights from leading-edge thinkers, industry experts and world renowned business gurus. And best of all, we’ve arranged a special price exclusively for AmericanHort members – over 70 percent off the regular price (save $91!)

Click here to learn more: The Business Source for AmericanHort Members

To get signed up or for more information, please contact customer service.

"I love the service in bringing me the best in business. The new video segment on extreme productivity was amazing. Wow!"
Steve Roper
Roper Insurance & Financial Services

Energy Procurement and Consulting

AmericanHort has endorsed APPI Energy to provide data-driven procurement solutions that reduce and manage electricity and natural gas supply costs for members on an ongoing basis. Every day, APPI Energy identifies the wide range of energy supplier prices across the U.S., and the lowest prices available among many vetted, competing suppliers. To take advantage of this membership benefit program,contact Carrie Shepard at APPI Energy at 667-330-1167.

"APPI Energy quickly and easily helped me lock in an electricity supply price lower than my local utility's default tariff rate. They took care of all the paperwork for a seamless transition, and my savings are significant. I recommend other AmericanHort members and garden centers contact APPI Energy."
Daniel Frericks
Frericks Gardens


PartnerShip® is a comprehensive inbound and outbound shipping program that combines simplicity, savings, and value to all AmericanHort members –

discounts range from 5 percent to 70 percent!

They work with FedEx, UPS Freight, YRC Freight, and other reputable carriers to provide unparalleled customer service and significant savings on every shipment – including small package, LTL, truckload, and trade show shipping needs. For more information and to enroll, visit

or call 800-599-2902.

Convenient and Confident Consultations

As an AmericanHort Premium member, you have access to complimentary consultations from national legal experts on employment, immigration, safety, and agricultural and horticultural law.

As an exclusive member benefit, Premium members of AmericanHort have access to our team of legal experts at CJ-Lake LLC, a nationally known and respected law practice based in Washington, DC. General guidance and “second opinions” may be provided via phone or email consultations at no cost. Members who need more in-depth legal assistance may choose to retain CJ-Lake at a preferred AmericanHort member rate.

Topics that the CJ-Lake legal team covers include:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act and Wage and Hour, including audits
  • Overtime and exemptions
  • Seasonal worker issues
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Immigration, the I-9 form, and audits
  • Electronic employment verification (E-Verify)
  • H-2A and H-2B temporary and seasonal visa programs
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Hiring and termination

Contact us at 614-487-1117 for service details.

Workers' Compensation Group Rating Programs

(Ohio-based members only)

Save up to the maximum discount permitted by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation on your workers’ comp premiums – administered by dedicated cost-control specialists at CareWorksComp.

By joining other member firms in a group rating plan, you file as one large “entity” with the BWC – combining your strong safety records, claims experience and payroll history. The result for members who qualify for the AmericanHort group? Dramatic savings for your bottom line – group members are projected to save more than $201,000, with an average savings of $1,917, in the upcoming year!
"We have been in the AmericanHort workers' compensation group rating program for more than 20 years. This program has been a valuable resource for us to save significant dollars on workers' compensation we can reinvest in doing what we truly love."
Colleen Sapp
Dill's Greenhouse

Contact Careworks Ohio for a no-cost, no-obligation quote.

For more information, contact Sarah Sypniak at or 614-526-7245.

Managed Care Organization

(Ohio-based members only)

CareWorks is the workers' compensation Managed Care Organization (MCO) of choice for more than 115,000 employers throughout Ohio. Based on their real tradition of caring, CareWorks provides high-quality medical management services, which help injured workers recover from workplace injuries and return to healthy, productive lifestyles as quickly and safely as possible.

For more information, please contact Derek Stern at (888)627-7586 ext. 53554 or

Safety Resources for Ohio Businesses

Through RiskControl360, your Ohio business can find the latest safety tips and resources. Keep your business and your employees safe. Click here for more information.

Exhibit space discounts

Member Company Plus and Member Company Premium memberships get significant savings on business-development activities, including special rates for trade show exhibiting.

You could save up to $700 per booth space. Contact Sherry or Tracy at 614-487-1117or go to to see where you need to be.

Advertising Discounts

Get out there and get in front of greenhouse and nursery growers, garden and floral retailers, interior plantscapers, exterior landscapers,and other horticulture professionals by advertising with AmericanHort.

Opportunities include:

  • AmericanHort Resource Directory
  • Cultivate On-Site Guide

Save $50 to $400. Contact AmericanHort at 614-487-1117 to learn more.

Interested in becoming a Partner Business? Click here for guidelines and an application.