Come. Learn. Grow in the Gardens
Join Massachusetts Horticultural Society at the Boston Flower & Garden Show
March 12-16, 2014
Eden on the Charles—A Love Story from Elm Bank
Love is in the air at the
Boston Flower & Garden Show, where the theme Romance in the Garden
will provide the backdrop to this year’s festivities from March 12th to
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit, Eden on the Charles,
adds to the romance with two love stories that are close to its heart.
The first is that of Dr. William and Mrs. Alice Cheney Baltzell, who
established a happy home at Elm Bank. Alice was the daughter of Benjamin
P. Cheney who founded the estate in 1875. It was Alice and her husband
who transformed the property into the beautiful landscape we enjoy
|The Boat House on the Charles
The second story belongs to someone with an equally special connection
to the property: Ray Frost, the son of the Baltzell’s estate
superintendent, Henry Frost. When the Frosts moved to Elm Bank in 1935
from Beverly, MA., Ray and his childhood sweetheart, Betty, decided to
continue their courtship long distance. During Betty’s frequent visits
to the property, the two would embark on canoeing excursions along the
Charles. This early romance at Elm Bank blossomed into a marriage that
lasted seventy years.
Katherine Macdonald, President of Massachusetts Horticultural Society,
was contacted in 2011 by Ray Frost of Beverly. Kathy commented: “Ray
called to tell me about his connection to Elm Bank and that he lived
here a long time ago with his family. He would often help his father
with his work at Elm Bank and in competitions at the New England Spring
Flower Show, where Henry would exhibit his skill as a horticulturist.
Henry was working for Alice Baltzell in 1938 during the horrendous
hurricane that battered New England.” (read more)
The Gardens at Elm Bank
Massachusetts Horticultural Society welcomes you to our gardens and horticultural center, located on 36-acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation. We offer hands-on opportunities for adults and children to experience, enjoy, and learn about plants and the environment. The site
includes various gardens, including the Bressingham Garden designed by Adrian Bloom, the historic Italianate Garden, our new Garden to Table Chef's Garden and its Food Pantry Garden, an educational New England Trial Garden, and the whimsical Weezie's Garden for Children. Weezie's is the home of the Caterpillar Club featuring drop-in sessions for kids preschool to second grade, Mondays at 10 a.m. Several
plant societies and garden clubs have also installed permanent demonstration and display gardens at Elm Bank. Please check our calendar for our schedule of events, lectures, and classes that are held during the year. Additionally, we offer a unique event venue for weddings, receptions, parties, and corporate outings. Please visit our events or education section to learn more.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society's gardens and the grounds at Elm Bank are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are free to members. The suggested donation for non-members is $5 per adult. Children under 17 may enter the gardens at no charge when accompanied by an adult. We also have specially-priced Elm Bank Garden memberships available at the admissions office. The grounds and gardens
of Elm Bank are handicap-accessible. Click here for directions.
Please join us for group garden tours each Tuesday at 10 a.m. beginning April 30th through October. Members: Free, Non-members: $10. The Group meets at the entrance near the Welcome Garden.
PLEASE SUPPORT MASSACHUSETTS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Funding for the society's operations comes from an endowment, proceeds from the flower show, membership, an annual fund, and grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources. We do not receive State or Federal funds to care for our property at Elm Bank. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is governed by a board of trustees and overseers who also provide governance and support, and a dedicated team of volunteers helps carry out numerous activities.
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a 501 (c ) (3) non profit organization and we are able to care for our horticultural center at Elm Bank and deliver our mission because of the generosity of supporters like you. Please consider a donation today.
Joining the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is the perfect way to grow your gardening skills throughout the year, receive some great benefits, and support the work that we do. To learn more about membership and to join the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, please check out our membership pages.
VOLUNTEERING AT THE GARDENS AT ELM BANK
Volunteering at the Gardens at Elm Bank is a great way to learn, enjoy
the beauty of the surroundings, and meet new friends. With over 8
gardens at Elm Bank, our volunteer gardeners get to experience a variety
of gardens types...from the trial garden, to Weezie's children’s'
garden, to the Bressingham Garden, to a chef's and food pantry vegetable
gardens...to the Crocket Memorial Garden and the Italianate Garden.
Work alongside our Garden Keepers, Staff, and Master Gardeners...and
people just like you.
Volunteer Opportunities at The Gardens at Elm Bank
MASS HORT LIBRARY
Massachusetts Horticultural Society maintains a library that is one of the oldest horticultural resource centers in the world and is renowned for its collection of books related to early agriculture, horticulture, and landscape design.
MASTER GARDENERS AT MASS HORT
Massachusetts Master Gardeners (MMGA) provide horticultural information to the gardening public at various festivals and community events. They operate a year-round MG Help Line. See the schedule for times and dates.
Mass Hort has a long tradition of recognizing excellence in its various awards programs. These include the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Honorary Medals, Visiting Gardens Awards, and the annual Boston Flower & Garden Show Awards.
For more detailed information on our programs, please visit the other sections of this site, or call 617-933-4900.