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Why AmericanHort


Why AmericanHort?

Businesses today are faced three significant questions:

  • Is my organization performing at its highest level?
  • Is my business growing at its optimum capacity?
  • Am I positioning my business for the future?
AmericanHort is here to do more than just answer the questions -- we’re here to provide the resources, support, and connections that will help you perform better, grow faster, and prepare for the future as a member of AmericanHort.
Join AmericanHort and join the green industry’s leading association.

Perform Better

Highlighting best practices throughout the entire supply chain.

Grow Faster

Providing information to drive both business and industry forward.

Prepare for the Future

Ensuring our industry’s growth and success for generations to come.


Perform Better with Best Practices Discover the industry’s best practices for great businesses with access to premier professional development at... (not to mention exclusive membership pricing)

  • Cultivate’18: the premier all-industry event for new products, new varieties, new knowledge, and new connections.
  • Plug & Cutting: the preeminent conference for producing quality plugs and liners backed by the latest advancements and research
  • Webinars: monthly webinars led by the industry’s experts on a variety of topics

Grow Faster with the Right Information

Stay informed with exclusive and breaking information, data, and trends:

  • Industry Insider Reports: Reports of current and relevant data on critical business aspects like margins, costs, sustainable solutions, and more.
  • Connect membership newsletters: Bi-monthly newsletters highlighting key membership happenings, trends, and important information
  • Knowledge Center: An online library of over 1000 learning resources just for AmericanHort members.

Prepare for the Future with Confidence

Connect with the right people and information to make smart, strategic decisions for the future

  • Impact Washington, The Summit: Bi-annual leadership summit hosted in Washington, D.C., where participants are able to meet directly with decision-makers and advocate for the industry’s top issues
  • Impact Washington, bi-weekly emails: Stay current with the decisions and events on Capitol Hill that impact green industry business operations
  • Horticultural Research Institute: AmericanHort’s research foundation committed to driving relevant research that directly benefits industry business outcomes.
  • Young Professional Development: Opportunities for the industry’s up-and-comers to continue growing their skills, network, and passion for the green industry.

Keep a little green in your pocket:

Business partnership opportunities that save you money.

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, click here and mark “AmericanHort” in the “Referred By” line. For more information, visit or 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 percent on 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 publishes MasterSpec® 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.


30% off Florists' Review magazine

To take advantage of AmericanHort discounted member pricing on your Florists' Review subscription, please use the promo code AH30 when purchasing online or by phone. Visit for more information.

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.



Car rental

Save up to 10 percent on your car rental with Hertz - your discount CDP# 2047445 is the key!

Wherever your travels take you, close to home or around the world, your Hertz connection is the key to special savings. Be sure to include the AmericanHort CDP# 2047445 in all of your reservations. Click here for the lowest rates, special offers and information about Hertz locations, vehicles and services. Or, call Hertz at 800-654-2210.

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

Click here for a no-cost, no-obligation quote.

Group Rating Safety Accountability Letter

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.

Membership Types

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes; so should your membership.
Each membership level brings with it different and increasing resources and benefits. Give us a call, and we'll work with you to find what best fits your business.

If you're ready to join, you can download and fax us this membership form or join online.

Company Memberships

Benefits Member
Member Plus
Premium Member
($1,195 - $3,495)
Bi-Monthly Issues of Connect x x x  
Bi-Weekly Washington Impact newsletter x x x For all
24/7 Knowledge Center Access x x x
Event Registration Discounts x x x
Company listing in Resource Directory x x x  
Access to business savings programs x x x  
Discounts on print and online advertising x x x  
Discounts on exhibit space at all events   x x  
Membership list rental   x x  
Discounts on executive and senior management
educational programs
Complimentary consultations with legal experts on
employment, immigration, safety, and agricultural and horticultural law

Individual Memberships

Benefits Student
Educator Researcher
Bi-Monthly Issues of Connect x x x
Bi-Weekly Washington Impact newsletter x x x
24/7 Knowledge Center Access x x x
Inclusion in Resource Directory x x x
Discounted registration prices x x x
Access to business savings programs x x x
Ability to participate as a Community Connector x x x
Complimentary Cultivate registration x    


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.

On the Features of Membership page (with link), 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.

Your login and password were sent to you when you first joined. If you’ve forgotten your password, click here. 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.