The Northwest Horticultural Society was founded in 1966 to support the establishment of the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) at the University of Washington, the first academic program in the United States to focus on using plants to maintain and enhance the urban environment.
Our mission is to provide a forum for gardeners and plant lovers in the Pacific Northwest to share their interests and learn about horticulture.
NHS provides inspiration and education to the Northwest gardening community through an ongoing series of lectures, symposiums, workshops and classes.
We provide funding for horticultural education. The Society is a major financial supporter of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. NHS annually grants scholarships to students in horticulture at the University of Washington and supports projects that benefit horticulture in the Northwest.
NHS promotes the propagation and cultivation of a diversity of plant material for the Northwest. The Society hosts two annual plant sales and organizes visits to gardens and other places of horticultural interest, many of which are rarely open to the public