About Us


The purpose of the Memphis Horticultural Society (MHS) shall be the study of plants and the exchange of information among the members on the care, cultivation and propagation of plants, their design in the garden, and their survival and protection in the natural environment.

It shall also be the purpose of the Society to serve as a source of information for and a link between the horticultural community and the media, the general public and future generations.

History of MHS

The MHS was Founded in the late 1980’s by a group of passionate local plant enthusiasts with a vision. Today it has a membership of over 250, and continues to a key component of local garden information by providing a monthly venue for general Horticultural interests in the Mid-south.

Want more history? Learn how things got started and a list of the folks involved in creating this great organization.

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Constitution and By Laws

This organization is governed by a constitution and By laws which were originally adopted by the founding members. This document can be amended by the voting board members.

View the full text of this document and the amendments to date.

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Award For Horticultural Excellence

The MHS gives an award annually: The Memphis Horticultural Society’s Award of Horticultural Excellence is presented to a member who serves as a link between the horticultural community, the media, and the general public.

Learn more about the current and past recipients.

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MHS dues are paid by the calendar year, January – December.

For 2018, the dues are:

$25.00 – Senior Membership (55 years and older)

$30.00 – Individual Membership

$35.00 – Family Membership (two people at the same mailing address)

$75.00 – Corporate Membership

$100.00 – Individual Diamond Level *

$125.00 – Family Diamond Level * (two people at the same mailing address)

* Any amount above the regular dues could be tax deductible.  Please check with your accountant.

Meeting Dates and Location

1st Tuesday of every month

7:00 pm, Goldsmith Civic Garden Center auditorium
Memphis Botanic Garden 
750 Cherry Road • Memphis, TN 38117

Officers and Board of Directors

President – Martha Garner

Vice President – Suzy Askew

Second Vice President – Melissa Taylor

Secretary – Mary Heim

Treasurer – Bill Ferrell

Ways & Means – J.J. James

Program Chairman – Suzy Askew

Membership Chairman – Mary Heim

Immediate Past President – Cheryl Lockhart

Newsletter Editor – Ginny Fletcher

Committee Members

Membership Committee – Mary Heim, Connie Shepherd

Newsletter Committee – Ginny Fletcher

Website Committee – Caroline Brown, Kim Halyak, Tom Rieman, Linda Eddins

Floral Arrangements – Open

Members – Open

Refreshments – Dawn Bain, Ann Hopper

Plant Exchange – Kelsey Lyons, Jacks Sparks

Historian – Larry Griffin