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Executive Director, Debi Chedester, AAF Receives the John H. Walker Award

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to our Executive Director, Debi Chedester! She recently received the 2022 John H. Walker Award on Sept. 8 during the Society of American Florists 137th Annual Convention in Orlando, FL. The John H. Walker Award was...

Appreciation, Recognition, and Funding the Future of Floriculture

The Endowment hosted its annual event during the SAF Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The afternoon was full of excitement as industry members and supporters joined together after a long three-year gap in AFE’s annual in-person...

2022 AFE Internship Placements & Awards

Taking that next career step is something to be proud of - let’s celebrate some of our industry’s next generation and their AFE internship awards! This year, eight outstanding students will pursue a freshly awarded internship opportunity through AFE’s Vic &...

AFE Surpasses 2022 Campaign Goal – Funding the Future of Floriculture

The Endowment celebrates and thanks the many industry supporters, sponsors, and friends who contributed to this year’s annual fundraiser, Funding the Future of Floriculture. Over $146,000 was raised in support of the floral industry through the Endowment. From May...

Twenty Students Awarded AFE Scholarships

We have awarded 20 students with scholarships totaling $54,400. In this 2022 scholarship cycle, which introduced a brand-new online application platform, 65 applications were received from 40 colleges and universities. We would like to give a special thank you to the...

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Hands-On Learning Supported by AFE’s Educational Grants

To your average non-industry member, the scope of horticulture and floriculture may not run far outside of lawn care and gardening. Education is an excellent place to start when it comes to showing the scale of our industry to a broader audience of students and...

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Funding the Future of Floriculture

2022 Fundraising Campaign Held Virtually Between Monday, May 16th - Thursday, June 30th In an effort to continue to increase annual support for important research, education, and other floriculture programs, AFE once again conducted a virtual fundraising campaign. Our...

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2022-2023 Funded Research Projects

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) strives to aid in the ongoing success of our industry through supporting impactful research which faces current challenges and provides new advances. For over 60 years now, AFE has been the ‘go-to’ source for funding research...

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Press Release: AFE’s 2022 Fundraising Campaign

Funding the Future of Floriculture Held Virtually Between Monday, May 16th – Thursday, June 30th FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alexandria, Virginia, May 13, 2022 – Envision a future full of flowers! The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is inviting the floral industry to join...

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2022 Paul Ecke, Jr. & Altman Family Scholarship Recipients

Shaping the Future of the Industry   The graduate work of this year’s Paul Ecke, Jr. and Altman Family Scholarship recipients is already reshaping the floriculture and horticulture industry with improvements for growers and environmental benefits. Congratulations...

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Become a Press Partner! Shareable 2022 Campaign Ads

Support The Future of Floriculture - Share Our Campaign Ads! While a sponsorship or donation goes a long way in the support of the future of floriculture, you can also contribute by downloading, sharing, and publishing our 2022 Campaign ads from May 16th to June 30th....

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Networking Tips and Tricks for Young Professionals

Returning to In-Person Events - Webinar Recording & Printable List Learn how to make the most of trade shows, conferences, and more as a budding young professional in the floral industry. The following tips and tricks are presented by marketing and communications...

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2022 Paul Thomas Interns of the Year

2022 Paul Thomas Floriculture Production Interns of the Year Holly Barrus, University of Idaho & William Billmeyer, Kirkwood Community College   For three to six months of the year, the interns awarded AFE’s Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship disperse...

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Practicing What We Preach – Our New Intern, Gracie Alvarez

At AFE, we’re a big advocate for practicing what we preach. “Funding the Future of Floriculture” means many things to us, including investing in our industry’s young professionals through scholarships, internships, and professional development opportunities. AFE has...

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2022 AFE Internship Placements & Awards

Taking that next career step is something to be proud of - let’s celebrate some of our industry’s next generation and their AFE internship awards! This year, eight outstanding students will pursue a freshly awarded internship opportunity through AFE’s Vic &...

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The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is an independent nonprofit organization that funds research and scholarships in floriculture and environmental horticulture for the benefit of growers, wholesalers, retailers, allied industry organizations and the general public.

AFE is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.