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Lonely 5’6” Azalea in the snow.

Join Mass Hort at the Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 11-15! Mass Hort’s flower show committees are preparing some exciting Amateur Competitions at the show. John Forti, Director of Horticulture and Education, Suzanne Higham, and the Mass Hort exhibit team are working to enchant you with our exhibit “An Enchanted New England Woodland Walk.” After you visit that landscapes and the miniature gardens in the front on the Seaport World Trade Center Exhibit Hall, don’t forget to visit the conference center at the rear of the hall to see Floral Design, Ikebana, Photography, Amateur Horticulture Structures and Amateur Horticulture house plants — and, of course, Mass Hort’s BIG RED CHAIR for a selfie.

Thank you to our 2015 Committee Chairs: Photography: Christine Paxhia and Christina Wood; Floral Design, Division I: Joan Butler, Floral Design, Division II: Jill Malcolm; Ikebana: Joanne Caccavle; Amateur Hort Chair: Michael Arnum; Amateur Structures Chair: Donna Lane, and Miniature Garden’s Chair: Debi Hogan.

Our exhibit-- “An Enchanted New England Woodland Walk” is sure to delight the whole family!

Enjoy a walk in nature and find the clues of who has lived there before us. Let your mind wander with imagination as you have interactions with wildlife and other creatures. Wander from your back-yard setting, into a woodland walk through nature. An old footpath will carry you past stone walls, and ruins of old landscapes into a native landscape complete with a vernal pool. And don’t forget to explore further into an enchanted woodland complete with a fairy mound, fairy circle and a world of natural enchantment. Mass Hort will have a Discovery Guide for the whole family to interact with the exhibit and enjoy!

Thank you to our design team:Suzanne Higham, Chair and designer; Designers: Piera Sassaroli, Bill Cuddy, and John Forti, Mass Hort Director of Horticulture and Education.

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society would like to thank our wonderful sponsor, Bartlett Tree Experts for their continued support of Mass Hort and our Amateur Competitions at the Show.

Learn more about Bartlett Tree Experts

The Gardens at Elm Bank

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s property in the Elm Bank reservation offers year-round beautiful open spaces to walk and enjoy.

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.

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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.

Garden Tours

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.


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.

Donate now to the Massachusetts Horticultural SocietyThe 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 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 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


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.


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.


Mass Hort has joined several other non-profits along Route 16 to collaborate and share resources for the betterment of the community. The group includes Mass Hort, the Bacon Free Library, Natick Historical Society, the Natick Organic Farm, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon), and the Old Town Calendar. One of the things we all have in common is programming and we wanted to create an easy way to share our offerings with our patrons. The Charles River Community Groups has a website featuring all of our upcoming programs. Here, you can find anything coming up at any of our organizations:


Look to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for all your horticultural information needs in or our world-renowned horticultural library — Mass Hort offers expertise for gardening novices and academics alike.

Call the MassHort HelpLine with your gardening questions. Staffed by our wonderful MMGA volunteers!
HelpLine: 617-933-4929 TTY 781-235-5655

Thank you to the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association volunteers for Mass Hort to provide answers your gardening questions throughout the year.

About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Massachusetts Horticultural Society LogoFounded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

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2015 Calendar & Courses

Mass Hort Calendar Courses 2015

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Latest Mass Hort Events

Thu Mar 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Seed Starting Indoors
Thu Mar 19 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Cold Frame Gardening
Thu Mar 26 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Vegetable Gardening for Everyone
Sat Mar 28 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Build Your Own Cold Frame
Wed Apr 01 @ 1:00PM - 02:30PM
Sustainable Edible Landscapes
Tue Apr 07 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Wed Apr 15 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Introduction to Asian Greens
Thu Apr 16 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Color Gardens: Beautiful Perennial Combinations for Spring through Frost
Thu Apr 23 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Improving Your Garden Soil Sustainably: Get the Most Out of Your Plants
Thu Apr 30 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Passing Along the Passion: Sowing the Seeds for Lifelong Horticultural Appreciation
Thu May 07 @ 7:30PM - 08:00PM
Super Fruits
Thu May 14 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
What do I do NOW? (for my vegetable garden)
Sat May 16 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
Gardeners' Fair at Elm Bank
Sat May 30 @ 9:00AM - 01:00PM
Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels
Sat May 30 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Botanical Art for Beginners
Tue Jun 02 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
Garden to Table's Spring Dinner in the Crockett Garden
Thu Jun 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Ecology of the Garden
Sat Jun 06 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Farming Exhibits of the Smithsonian
Thu Jun 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Spring Foraging Walk and Talk With Russ Cohen
Thu Jun 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Historic Landscape Stewardship
Sat Jun 27 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Herb Gardening