More than $85,000 in donations and pledges capped the Horticultural Research Institute’s winter reception at MANTS in January, during which AmericanHort president and CEO Michael Geary declared, “Philanthropic vision, supporting research that benefits the industry’s community, and providing financial assistance to next generation leaders are all hallmarks of industries on the rise. Optimism in the horticultural industry is increasing, and we’re seeing that optimism reflected in the generosity of our donors. 2014 saw great recovery and advancement in many of our industry sectors, and 2015 should show that trend continue.” HRI’s signature programs for the year include the Scholarship & Research Endowment program, the Horticultural Industry Bee & Pollinator Stewardship Initiative and the Future of Garden Retail project.

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