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

Upcoming Events

My Mother’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Garden and Its Roots in the Progressive Era

Sunday, November 16 | 2 pm
The Toby | FREE

Eudora Welty wove images of flowers and gardens into her stories but most did not realize that this imagery originated in hands-on experience in the garden she shared with her mother. The story of One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place unfolds during the 1920s, when women viewed gardening as a means of self-improvement. Jane Roy Brown will show how the garden echoed the prevailing style of Welty’s mother’s generation, which in turn mirrored wider trends in American life: Progressive-era optimism, garden clubs, civic beautification, plant introductions, conservation, and garden writing.

SAVE THE DATE: IMA Horticulture Symposium: The Living Landscape

Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 8 am - 4:30 pm

Check our web calendar for more information.

Organized by the IMA’s Division of Environmental & Historic Preservation with additional support from the IMA Horticultural Society.

Seasons eNews

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

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

2013-2014 Board Officers

David Gorden, President
Helen Dickinson, Past President
Kevin Foy, Vice President
Ann Hathaway, Vice President
Kathleen Hull, Secretary
Rosie Steinmetz, Treasurer
Dawn Stelts, Director
Jamie Gibbs, Director
Susan Toevs, Director
Jason Griffin, Director
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Director

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

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