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Adult Education

In effort to serve Mass Hort’s mission to develop the public’s understanding of plants and the environment, we host classes throughout the year for all interest levels.

We offer hands-on workshops as well as lectures, classes for vegetable growers, potted ornamental enthusiasts, and home-owners looking to boost their curb appeal. We have everything from botanical art workshops and book signings to floral design courses and composting classes.

Check out our calendar and read descriptions below to find a class that suits your needs interests.

Upcoming Classes

Fri Feb 19 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Cultivating Community in School Gardens
Tue Feb 23 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
The Adventurous Gardener
Thu Feb 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Classic Design for Contemporary Gardens
Tue Mar 01 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
The History of Botanical Art
Thu Mar 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Herbal Medicine & Magic: Sorting Fact from Fancy

Introduction to Permaculture Design

When: Thursday February 4, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Permaculture is the design of food systems and social structures to provide for human needs while restoring ecosystem health. In this Introduction to Permaculture Design presentation, we will explore edible ecosystem gardens, unusual edible perennial plants, sustainable water management and soil rehabilitation. Learn the first steps in creating a regenerative landscape design plan utilizing permaculture design principles.

Lydia Silva is an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University, Bristol Community College and UMass Dartmouth where she teaches Sustainable Agriculture and Permaculture Design. Learn more about Lydia Silva and her work at www.FarmCoastPermaculture.com.

Mass Hort Members $12
Non-Members $20

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Cultivating Community in School Gardens


Mass Hort's Second Annual School Gardens Conference

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Cultivating Community in School Gardens

 

When: Friday February 19, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

This conference is intended for school teachers, administrators, students, garden club mentors, librarians, parents, preservationists and civic organizations. The day will feature workshops that explore regional best practices for planning a garden that will endure seasons and administration changes, meet educational goals and serve generations of healthy, growing children. Speakers will share expertise and experience on topics including garden planning and maintenance, curriculum connections, engaging students and community, and funding.

Together, with your help, we hope to cultivate garden spaces that will enrich every community's understanding and stewardship of its horticultural inheritance.    

We would like to thank our co-sponsoring organizations for their support: WGBH, the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Master Gardeners, Slow Food Boston, and Slow Food USA.

Stay tuned for a schedule of workshops and speakers.

Registration Cost:
Member Registration (members of Mass Hort and co-sponsoring organizations): $40
Non-Member Registration: $50
Students: $25 (contact Katie 617-933-4973 or Hannah 617-933-4943 for discount code, supply is limited)

Space is limited, please register early!

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Cost of registration includes lunch. Thank you to Chipotle Mexican Grill for support and lunch, and thank you to Starbucks Wellesley for providing complementary coffee.

Blizzard Date: February 26.

The Adventurous Gardener

When: Tuesday February 23, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482


Do you enjoy touring beautiful gardens? We will show you the best public gardens, nursery display gardens, and private gardens open to the public in the Northeast to visit for inspiration! Learn about each garden's highlights, ideal times to visit, and enjoy a visual tour of each amazing destination.

Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker are avid gardeners, plant collectors, garden designers and writers. They lecture on a variety of gardening topics to garden clubs and community education organizations. Past presidents of the Holliston Garden Club, both Jana and Joan are active in the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and other horticultural societies. 

Jana is owner of Enchanted Gardens, a boutique landscape design firm serving Metrowest Boston. She writes gardening articles which are available on her website blog at enchantedgardensdesign.com.

Joan is past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council, an accredited Flower Show Judge, and has chaired the floral design competition at the Boston Flower and Garden Show. She has also worked as a horticulturalist at Weston Nurseries.

To learn more about our presenters and Enchanted Gardens, please visit their website, www.enchantedgardensdesign.com.

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

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Classic Design for Contemporary Gardens

When: Thursday February 25, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Our everyday lives offer many examples of classic design principles. These timeless principles of artistic composition may not always be plainly revealed but can easily be unveiled offering lessons for our own gardens. Landscape Designer Warren Leach will explore sevearl elements of Classic Design; from a Classic Chinese Scholar's Garden to an 18th century American landscape to 19th century paintings and more. He will show their basic design connections and offer suggestions for translating these elements to your own gardens and landscapes. 

is a passionate plant collector and landscape horticulturist with a depth of knowledge of all garden plants - both perennial and woody plants and tropical and temperate. He is also a distinguished and award-winning garden designer. Warren enjoys sharing his horticultural and garden design knowledge with others through garden lectures, mentoring and through the gardens that he designs. An admired speaker and educator at numerous horticultural institutions and organizations throughout the Northeast.

To learn more about Warren and his specialty-nursery, please visit www.tranquil-lake.com.

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

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The History of Botanical Art

When: Tuesday March 1, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hunnewell Building
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Govan, Carol. Abandoned Parking Lot. Watercolor.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society is pleased to present a lecture by Carol Govan on The History of Botanical Art on Tuesday, March 1, surrounded by beautiful facsimiles in the Highgrove Florilegium and historic prints from Mass Hort’s collection. This lecture will enhance your experience of the exhibit and knowledge of botanical art. 

Botanical illustration is the art of depicting the form, color, and details of plant species with the main goal of scientific accuracy. Govan will give us an overview of plant images created for various audiences through the ages. The first botanical illustrations were in herbals for medicinal use. Later florilegia described new and unusual plants discovered during colonizing efforts. Finally, scientific collections including floras, all plants in a particular area, and monographs or collections showing one plant family, show many beautiful botanical illustrations. 

Carol Govan is a professional artist, botanical illustrator and teacher. She teaches a variety of courses combining science and art at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, the New England Wild Flower Society, the Audubon Society and the Arnold Arboretum. She is on the faculty for the Certificate of Botanical Art at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.

Guests will have the opportunity to visit the Exhibit before and after the lecture. Prints from the Highgrove Florilegium and Mass Hort Collections will be available for purchase.

Member Cost: $15
Non-Member Cost $25

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Blizzard Date for this event will be Wednesday, March 2

Herbal Medicine & Magic: Sorting Fact from Fancy

When: Thursday March 3, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Plants offered the first effective cures for disease, and the history of herbal medicine is defined by lore and science—in equal measures. The European herbal tradition is reflected in the medicinal plants carried by early settlers to the New World; many of these species escaped dooryard gardens and naturalized in our local flora, which now includes many plants with legitimate or presumed curative properties.

Historic lore and the doctrine of signatures documents herbs in fanciful ways that reflect human dependence on these essential plants. Antibiotic properties abound in herbs, and during World War II, herbs replaced unavailable pharmaceutical medicines. Even today 40 % of all pharmaceutical drugs still contain at least one botanical compound. Retaining practical knowledge of medicinal herbs is essential, especially as antibiotics wane in efficacy. Join us for this intriguing overview of medicinal plants—from  ancient traditions to military history and modern medicine.

Presenter, Judith Sumner, specializes in ethnobotany, flowering plants, plant adaptations and garden history. She is a graduate of Vassar College and completed her graduate studies in botany at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and at the British Museum, and did extensive field work in the Pacific region on the genus Pittosporum.

In addition to writing, her projects include field studies in the Great Smoky Mountains and work with the United Nations developing petroleum-rich plants in the Caribbean. She served as a visiting scientist for several summers in the LEAP (Learning about Plants) program at Harvard for Boston school teachers and has volunteered as a National Public Radio Science mentor. Her column “The Gardener’s Kitchen” (under the pseudonym Laura Craig) appeared in Horticulture magazine and is currently being republished by the Herbal Academy of New England. Judith is currently at work on a botanical history of World War II, aimed at an understanding of the essential roles played by plants both on the home front and in the military. 

Learn more about Judith at her website, www.judithsumner.com.

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

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Botanical Print from the Mass Hort Collection:  

Aloe succotrina, Title (alt.): Aloe, Fynbos
Artist: Bouchard, Magdalena, d. 1793

Source: Hortus Romanus Volumes I-VII (Bonelli,Georgio).
Handpainted Engraving.
Date: ca. 1772–1796

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Fri Feb 12 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Tue Feb 16 @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
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Tue Feb 23 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
The Adventurous Gardener
Thu Feb 25 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Thu Feb 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Classic Design for Contemporary Gardens
Tue Mar 01 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
The History of Botanical Art
Wed Mar 02 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Thu Mar 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Herbal Medicine & Magic: Sorting Fact from Fancy
Sat Mar 05 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Thu Mar 10 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition
Wed Mar 16 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
The Boston Flower & Garden Show
Fri Mar 18 @10:00AM - 09:00PM
The Boston Flower & Garden Show
Sun Mar 20 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
The Boston Flower & Garden Show