What is OFA?
OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals is the leading horticulture educational association in the United States. It is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization with a mission “to support and advance professional horticulture.” Industry segments served include garden centers, greenhouses, nurseries, landscapers, florists, interior plantscapers, emerging professionals, and allied trade.
A 20-member Board of Directors and more than 150 industry leaders serve on more than 17 committees that guide all the Association's activities. The office is currently staffed by 17 employees.
To support and advance professional horticulture.
History of OFA
The Ohio State Florist Association was formed in 1929, when graduates of The Ohio State University decided to meet each year to discuss and share current issues and technology.
The group merged with the Ohio Flower Growers and became the Ohio Flower Growers' and Retailers Association, chartered in 1931. In October 1937, the name was changed to the Ohio Flower Growers' Association. By February 1938, the name was changed to the Ohio Florists' Association. In 2002, the association was re-branded to OFA – an Association of Horticulture Professionals and in 2010 was changed to OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals.
For additional history including the history of the OFA Short Course click here
OFA Membership Totals & Demographics
Total Members: 2,350
Members in Ohio: 23%
Members in other U.S. States: 69%
International Members: 7%
Honorary/Affiliate Members: 1%
Garden Centers: 25%
Industry Suppliers: 23%