Floral Design at Mass Hort
Mass Hort is offering a course for anyone who wants to learn more about flower arrangements, for their own enjoyment or for competition. If you’ve ever walked through a floral design show and thought, “I could do this” we are ready to offer you the tools and knowledge to do so.
Beginning October 1st and continuing for six Wednesday evening sessions, you'll learn the nuts and bolts of how to do a competitive floral design and how to enter a competition. The first class will cover the basics of preparing and entering a show, choosing containers, and selecting plant material. Then, four classes will cover the most popular classes of design competition: traditional, creative, miniature, and table design. Then, for the final session, you'll execute a design which will be critiqued by experts. Read More
Honorary Medals Dinner
Thursday, October 16th
Each year, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society presents the Honorary Medals Dinner where the leading lights of horticulture are honored. The event gives us the opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of horticulturalists, plant innovators, and those who have made significant contributions to the enjoyment and appreciation of plants and the environment.
Please join us on Thursday, October 16th for the 115th Honorary Medals Dinner where Mass Hort honors those individuals who have contributed to excellence in horticulture.
This year's honorees include:
THE GEORGE ROBERT WHITE MEDAL OF HONOR
Dr. Michael Dirr
Horticulturist and Professor of Horticulture, University of Georgia (retired)
Dr. Michael Dirr has authored seven books and published numerous papers in the field of horticulture. His books have become seminal references in horticulture and landscape architecture. His passion for the field has inspired a new generation of students, gardeners, and professionals. For his work in the Green Industry, we are excited to present Dr. Dirr our highest award, and have him as this year's keynote speaker.
John Forti Named Director of Horticulture and Education at Massachusetts Horticultural Society
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is excited to announce that John Forti has been named the Director of Horticulture and Education, a major step in the implementation of our 10-year strategic plan.
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 Gardens at Elm Bank are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are free to members. Admission: $6 per adult for the general public. (Boxes located at the gates and the kiosk, when attendant is not on duty.) Non-members are encouraged to join Massachusetts Horticultural Society to help support the maintenance of the Gardens at Elm Bank. Click here for directions.
Please join us for group garden tours each Tuesday at 10 a.m. beginning April 29th 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.