Protect and Advance Horticulture

Every day, the horticultural industry faces increased pressures from competition, pests and diseases, and labor and water shortages. To combat these issues, industry professionals banded together to take their fate into their own hands. By directly guiding and advocating for research, the industry is able to fund the most relevant research as identified by the industry itself.

And by pooling our collective financial resources, our money goes further, gets to work faster, and works harder for us. It’s an investment in our own business future.

HRI funds horticultural research that meets industry-approved standards for value, impact, and accountability. From the moment an investment is made by a donor, HRI handles the entire competitive grants process.

  • Industry leaders evaluate the significance and economic usefulness of projects.
  • HRI’s scientist review panels assess feasibility and methodology.
  • HRI’s leadership, financial advisors and investment committee manage the fiduciary responsibilities of the endowment.


Thanks to generous philanthropy and strategic investments, HRI’s endowment now totals more than $11 million and boasts over 170 named funds from individuals, businesses, and organizations.

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Growing Strong

Since 2014, industry funds have provided more than $1,000,000 in funding directly to researchers who are discovering

  • Industry marketing answers
  • Pest and disease solutions
  • Time and resource saving technology
  • Mechanization advances

About HRI

Horticultural Research Institute, the proud research affiliate of AmericanHort, is the horticulture community's research and development organization. We are honored to serve the horticultural community and work hard to ensure highest standards of financial and mission stewardship and ascribe to the tenets of the donor bill of rights.

HRI's work strengthens and improves the horticulture community for the benefit of all industry segments—nursery growers and greenhouse growers, retail garden centers, arborists, and landscape companies. The extraordinary generosity of donors, both past and present, makes it possible for HRI to develop and support research efforts aimed at invigorating and enhancing your community. These efforts result in advancements in pest management practices, gains in mechanization/automation, and improvements in production efficiency—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.