About Us


Holly Society of America
Founded July 15, 1947

The Holly Society of America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that was established to collect, promote, and disseminate knowledge concerning the genus Ilex. In order to do this, the Holly Society provides many services and programs. They include:

The Holly Society Journal is published twice a year and offers information and articles covering a wide range of topics from research reports, to holly care and propagation, to uses in the landscape. The first issue of each year also contains the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting. Much of the material in the Journal is written and contributed by Holly Society members.

The Holly Society also produces a number of informative publications. The titles and prices of these publications are listed in a brochure which may be obtained from the secretary.

The Holly Society holds its Annual Meeting in the fall. Locations are chosen carefully and afford easy access to local arboreta, botanical gardens, nurseries, or private collections of holly. These are visited in field trips which form an integral part of the program. The Annual Meeting program also includes lectures, a holly sprig competition, and a banquet where the highest honor of the Society, the Wolf-Fenton Award, is presented.

Holly Auction and Cutting Exchange
The Holly society sponsors a lively holly auction and cutting exchange at its Annual Meeting. The auction provides an opportunity for participants to add to their holly collections while contributing to the Holly Society and its Research Fund with their tax deductible purchases.

The cutting exchange offers selections of unusual species and varieties of Ilex from around the world and not readily available elsewhere. All plants for the auction and cutting exchange are donated by Society members.

Local or regional groups of holly enthusiasts are encouraged to establich chapters under the National Society. A number of such groups have already done so and there are currently regional chapters throughout parts of the eastern and midwest United States as well as Korea. Individual chapters of the Holly Society meet to exchange information, plants, and cuttings; for lectures by local experts; and to visit local gardens, arboreta, nurseries, or private collections of holly.

Registration of Ilex Cultivars
The Holly Society of America, Inc. became the International Cultivation Registration Authority for cultivated Ilex in 1958 by appointment from the International Commission for Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants of the International Union of Biological Sciences. The Holly Society publishes descriptions of newly registered hollies in the Holly Society Journal as well as a list of registered cultivars.

Holly research programs in the United States and abroad are financed by the Holly Society, a non-profit organization, through its Research Fund. This fund is maintained by tax deductible contributions. Results of such research appear in the Holly Society Journal.