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 be 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.
Constitution and Bylaws
This organization is governed by the Constitution and Bylaws 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.
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.
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 – Suzy Askew
First Vice-President – Melissa Taylor
Second Vice-President – Steve Scheer
Secretary – Kim Rucker
Treasurer – Harriet Surprise
Ways & Means – Mary Heim
Membership Chairman – Mary Heim
Immediate Past President – Martha Garner
Website & Communications Committee – Caroline Brown,
Kim Halyak, Tom Rieman, Linda Eddins
Horticultural Notebook Committee – Open
Nominating Committee – To Be Appointed
Historian – Larry Griffin
Refreshments – Rotating Members