Horticultural Society

Founded in 1972, the Horticultural Society is the IMA‘s special interest group for its grounds and gardens and offers its members opportunities to share gardening experience and expertise. The Horticultural Society also maintains an extensive horticultural library, located in Newfield on the IMA campus. Horticultural Society members enjoy lectures featuring noted local, national and international speakers, travel opportunities to gardens throughout the US and abroad, and opportunities to volunteer in the IMA gardens, greenhouse, and the Horticultural Society Library.

The Horticultural Society is led by a Board of Directors and is advised by Mark Zelonis, The Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental and Historic Preservation, as well as a Museum Affiliate liaison.

View a complete list of gardens available to IMA Horticultural Society members for discounted or free admission through the American Horticultural Society reciprocal admissions program.

AHS Reciprocal Admissions

Seasons eNews

Read about upcoming events, seasonal horticultural news, and other fun stories in the quarterly eNewsletter.

Summer 2015

Spring 2015

Past Issues

Winter 2015
Fall 2014
Spring 2014
Winter 2013
Fall 2013
Summer 2013
Spring 2013
Winter 2012
Summer 2012
Spring 2012
Winter 2011

2015-2017 Board Officers

President - Gregory Shaner

Vice President - Kevin Foy and Ann Hathaway

Secretary - Kathleen Hull

Treasurer - Rosie Steinmetz

Directors - Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Jamie Gibbs, Dawn Stelts - dawn@stelts.com, Jason Griffin, and Janet Belden


Hospitality - Brenda Stewart-Rudolph

Library - Edie Enright and Cindy Monnier

Membership - Sara Zeckel

Travel - Patty Wilkins and Ann Hathaway

Volunteers - [jcombs6713@aol.com|Suzanne Combs]]

“A Garden Affair” - Kevin Foy

Historian - Helen Dickinson

Communications - Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Book Discussion Group - Oren Cooley

Horticultural Society Membership Dues

Become a member of the Horticultural Society today! In order to be eligible for membership in the Horticultural Society, you must be an IMA member. Student Members of the IMA are invited to join the Horticultural Society for FREE. Contact us today for additional information.

FREE for students (ID required)
$40 individual or couple
$75 sustaining
$100 patron

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Vintage Paper Wreath Ornament Workshop
Wednesday, December 9 / 10-11:30 am
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse