MOUNT VERNON, VA – The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is celebrating its 100th anniversary by staying at River Farm along the banks of the Potomac River in Mount Vernon. And his neighbors couldn’t be happier.
With River Farm now secured as the permanent home of AHS, enthusiastic garden enthusiasts in Alexandria, Mount Vernon and beyond can turn their attention to all the beauty and horticultural knowledge it offers after the community of Mount Vernon fought a persistent and noisy battle. to keep River Farm open as AHS headquarters.
On April 8 and 9, AHS will welcome the public back to the popular Spring Garden Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Past markets have drawn hundreds of people to River Farm, but for the past two years the event has been canceled due to covid and sorely missed by avid gardeners in the area.
Attendees will be able to purchase native plants, specialty plants, edibles and more. They can shop for garden-themed artwork, books, tools and garden accessories, view garden-themed paintings by local artists on display in the Estate House, and explore the blooming gardens at spring.
“The Garden Market is a long-standing community event at River Farm. It attracts people from all over the region who are ready to spend the winter in the beauty of the flowers in the spring,” AHS’ new president and CEO, Suzanne Laporte, told the Zebra.
Laporte has just taken the helm of AHS, beginning his presidency on March 21. She has a strong background in nonprofit leadership, program innovation, strategic planning and financial management and degrees from Smith College and Harvard Business School.
AHS, founded in 1922, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing with all Americans the essential role of plants, gardens, and green spaces in creating healthy, livable communities and a sustainable planet.
Admission to the Spring Market is $20 per car and waived for AHS members. River Farm is located at 7931 East Boulevard Drive just off the GW Parkway south of Old Town.
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