Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

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About the Trust

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust was created in 1970 by May Smith, in honor of her late husband and in fulfillment of his vision. Stanley Smith had a keen interest in ornamental horticulture, and in orchids, in particular, at one time owning and cultivating over a million plants.



The Trust’s grantmaking supports education and research in the art and science of ornamental horticulture, to foster human interest in shaping, nurturing, and appreciating nature's beauty.

Funding is provided for projects in North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand. Each year, the Trust awards approximately 50 grants, ranging from a few thousand dollars up to $25,000, to botanical gardens, arboreta, universities, and other charitable organizations strongly-aligned with its funding interests.

Letters of Inquiry from organizations that match the Trust’s funding interests and eligibility requirements are welcome. The application process is described on the Grantseekers page.

Recent Grants

See a list of all Trust grants awarded since 2008.

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The Smiths

Read about the lives of Stanley and May Smith.

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