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Come, Learn, Grow with Mass Hort

The Highgrove Florilegium
at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

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February 12- March 12, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 11

The Highgrove Florilegium
The Highgrove Florilegium is an exquisite two-volume set of 124 facsimile botanical watercolors of plants from TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s garden at his family estate in Gloucestershire, England.

Seventy-three renowned international artists painted the watercolors. The Highgrove Exhibit includes the books and framed botanical prints from the collection.

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Mass Hort's Second Annual School Gardens Conference

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Cultivating Community in School Gardens

Friday, February 19, 08:00am - 04:00pm

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library shares its collection
of Botanical Prints through the Digital Commonwealth


Thanks to three months of collaboration between the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Boston Public Library, and Digital Commonwealth, more than 1,000 rare images from the oldest horticultural library in the nation are now available at the click of a button. With prints dating from 1620 to 1969, Mass Hort’s Botanical Print Collection captures more than three centuries in the evolution of botanical illustration, offering an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and authors in the field of horticultural….(read more)


To View Mass Hort’s Digital Botanical Print Collection on the Digital Commonwealth site, Click here.

MASS HORT PRINT SHOP (visit the store)
For the 2015 Holiday Season, Mass Hort has selected 7 prints for you to enjoy or give as gifts for the holidays. These are reproduction giclees. Learn more…

The Gardens at Elm Bank

Days & Hours of Operation 
May 1 - Oct 12   
Tuesday - Sunday   
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   
Free to Members   
Admission - $8   
Seasonal garden tours
and daily programs


Massachusetts Horticultural Society welcomes you to our gardens and horticultural center, located on 36-acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation. The site includes open fields and meadows, streams and pools, wooded areas and formal gardens. Mass Hort is uniquely positioned, not only to protect these natural resources, but also to develop spaces that enhance visitors’ appreciation of the landscape and the surrounding Charles River. The grounds and gardens of Elm Bank are handicap-accessible.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.

A View of the Italiante Garden at the Gardens at Elm Bank A view of Bressingham Garden and the Manor House at Elm Bank A view of Bressingham Garden at the Gardens at Elm Bank The Gardens at Elm Bank


The Gardens at Elm Bank are open from May 1 through October 12, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Monday. Garden Admission: $8 for non-members, FREE for members. Free for Children under 12 when accompanied by parent/adult. Non-members are encouraged to join Massachusetts Horticultural Society to help support the maintenance of the Gardens at Elm Bank. The Gardens at Elm Bank are located on Massachusetts Horticultural Society's 36 acres on the Elm Bank Reservation at 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, MA 02482.Visitor Center Art Gallery, featuring watercolors by Yale Nicolls, May through June, 2015. Click here for directions.   No dogs allowed.


Minimum Private Group: 10; Adults: $7, Seniors and Students: $6, Tour Guide: $50 per 25 people. Picnic area: box lunches may be preordered.


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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Latest Mass Hort Events

Thu Feb 11 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition - Opening Reception
Fri Feb 12 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Sat Feb 13 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Tue Feb 16 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Wed Feb 17 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Fri Feb 19 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Cultivating Community in School Gardens
Sat Feb 20 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
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Tue Feb 23 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
The Adventurous Gardener
Thu Feb 25 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
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Classic Design for Contemporary Gardens
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Sat Feb 27 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
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The History of Botanical Art
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