National Plant Germplasm System

  • NPGS is a cooperative effort by public (State and Federal) and private organizations to preserve the genetic diversity of plants

USDA ARS: Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative

  • The ARS Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI) funds research, conducted by ARS and university scientists, of importance to the floral and horticultural industry that is strongly focused on addressing and solving the industry’s issues and needs.  ARS works closely with representatives of the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Society of American Florists in setting the research priorities and goals of this Initiative.

USDA-ARS: Application Research Unit (Wooster, OH)

  • The Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU) utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach in developing methods to enhance crop protection while safeguarding environmental quality, food and worker safety.

Society of American Florists

  • The Society of American Florists (SAF) is the only national trade association that represents all segments of the U.S. floral industry

Floriculture Program: The Ohio State University

  • The Ohio State University's Floriculture Team is comprised of Faculty and Staff from many OSU campuses and departments. Our mission is to provide Ohio's Floriculture Industry with the resources necessary to attain sustained profitability and international competitiveness. This mission will be accomplished through a highly integrated program of extension, undergraduate and graduate education, and research.

The Ohio State University Seed Biology Program

  • Production of high-quality seed is the cornerstone of American agriculture. The specialized nature of the seed industry and the unique biology of seeds as life in suspended animation have given rise to seed biology as an important discipline. Seeds are vital as propagating units for the tree, landscape, flower, turf, vegetable, fruit, and agronomic crop industries. American seed companies are one of the significant agricultural industries benefiting from advances in seed research and increased student training. To serve these needs, The Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Horticulture and Crop Science has established an interdisciplinary Seed Biology Program 


  • On January 1, 2014, AmericanHort was born by the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA—The Association of Horticultural Professionals. With a combined 220+ years of experience with the whole of the plant and horticulture services industry, AmericanHort was formed by the ANLA and OFA members to unify the industry, improve collaboration, increase organizational efficiencies, and expand the support for the industry’s businesses. With that goal in mind, AmericanHort truly represents the entire horticulture industry, including breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscapers, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain. It is the leading national association for the industry, and our size and scope makes AmericanHort the largest association for garden retailers in the world. 

American Floral Endowment

  • The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is an independent nonprofit organization that raises and distributes funds for research, educational grants, and scholarships in floriculture and environmental horticulture for the benefit of growers, wholesalers, retailers, allied industry organizations, as well as the public.