American Society for Horticultural Science

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Founded in 1903, [1] the American Society for Horticultural Science in Alexandria, Virginia is "the largest, most visible organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticultural research, education, and application." [2]

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The ASHS's purpose is to promote the science of Horticulture. [3]

In 1961, the ASHS had 2,226 active members (holding a degree and engaged in research), 42 Emeritus members and 90 Sustaining members (corporations or companies interested in horticultural research). [3]

It produces a semi-annual publication and held annual meetings. [3]

It awards the Vaughn Award (named after Leonard H Vaughn, [3] President of a seed company and former school board president, [4] ) for outstanding contributions to horticulture.

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  1. American Society for Horticultural Science
  2. Texas Winegrape Network (Texas A&M University)
  3. 1 2 3 4 National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Scientific and Technical Societies of the United States and Canada (7th Edition, 1961) , p. 96, at Google Books
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  5. J. Janick HenPlant Breeding Reviews, Volume 1 , p. 6, at Google Books
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