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Adult Education

on 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.

An Introduction to Fermentation

When: Thursday January 12, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Learn how to make your own lacto-fermented kraut, kimchi, and kvass! We'll look at the science behind beneficial bacteria, pro-biotics and pre-biotics, and how bacteria can transform food. We'll go over the basic steps in the fermentation process and share recipe ideas that include a variety of fruits and vegetables. If time permits, we'll take a quick peek at mixed ferments like kombucha and kefir.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Winter Solstice Walk

When: Wednesday December 21, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Make the most of the shortest day of the year! Get outside, reflect on the beauty of winter, and take a walk along the Charles River. Mass Hort educator, Katie Folts, will lead a walk on the trails at Elm Bank, identify plants, and discuss how these plants have adapted to survive cold winters.

Katie Folts is Mass Hort's Education Manager and provides horticulture education to thousands of people every year with the Plantmobile program. She has led interpretive walks in New England, New York, Wisconsin, Oregon, Alaska and Antarctica. She holds a degree from the University of Vermont in Environmental Education and History, and worked for the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service prior to joining Mass Hort.

Mass Hort Members $12
Non-Members $20

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Introduction to Vectorworks: UMass Stockbridge School Credited Course

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When: January 9 thru Friday January 13, 2017, Daily -10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: Education Building - Cheney Room
900 Washington Street Wellesley, MA 02482

Vectorworks Landmark is a 2D & 3D CAD solution for landscape design. The focus of this course will be on instruction and exercises on the basic 2d environment. Students will develop the capability to use Vectorworks Landmark module to develop designs, create compelling presentations, and exchange work with other design professionals and allow for a streamlined workflow.

Mass Hort is now Partnering the Stockbridge School at UMass to offer classes at The Gardens at Elm Bank for UMass credit!Part of the Sustainable Food and Farming Associate's Degree and the Certificate of Sustainable Food and Farming.

Class meets in Wellesley for five, full days:
Monday, January 9 to Friday, January 13. 

Pre-registration required, register now at www.umassulearn.net.

2 credit through UMass Amherst 

$944 for Massachusetts Residents

A Gardener's Travels: The Royal National Rose Society's Garden of the Rose

When: Tuesday January 17, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Mirjana Toyn will present a virtual tour of the Royal National Rose Society’s rose gardens, highlighting rose cultivars, rose trials, and integrated garden design. She will discuss their use of companion planting, vertical interest, and old garden roses, as well as the history of the garden. She will also answer any rose questions and give recommendations for other English gardens to visit. 

Mirjana Toyn is the immediate Past President of the Connecticut Rose Society and has served on their Board in various capacities for nearly 10 years. She is a Consulting Rosarian as well as the Yankee District Membership and Old Garden Rose Chair for the American Rose Society. Her regular column on Old Garden Roses has won numerous awards over four consecutive years and is published in various newsletters nationally and abroad. She grows over 100 roses in her own small, suburban garden and lectures regularly on various rose related topics.

Members: $12
Non-Members: $20

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Designing the Winter Landscape

 

When: Wednesday January 18, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Maria von Brincken will help you design an outdoor space that uses texture, color, and mass planting to create visual interest throughout the winter. Winter gardens also create a backdrop for seasonal flower gardens. Featuring our Bressingham Garden, her design work, and others, Maria will introduce you to lay-out and plant lists that will inspire your garden planning during these cold months. Weather permitting, dress for a tutorial walk in our winter gardens. There will be class time for you to experiment with winter planting combinations and layout that could work in your own gardens.

Maria von Brincken, principle of Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design, is an award-winning certified designer (APLD and LI) celebrating her 21st year in professional practice. Maria specializes in custom beautiful spaces and colorful flower gardens using native and ornamental plants.

Trained as a fine artist, color theorist, and organic gardener Maria brings years of critical design thinking to her landscape solutions. Her design has been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine, Landscape Ideas You Can Use and others. 

Her lectures and workshops have been featured at Mass Hort, Boston The Flower Show, Radcliffe Seminars and the LI, Conn. Master Gardener’s Conference, Perennial Plant Conference, ELA- just to name a few. Her lectures, classes, and workshops teach successful ways of thinking and techniques.

Learn more about Maria and her work at www.mariavonbrincken.com

Must Pre-register

Members: $100
Non-Members: $135 

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Digital Photography: Capturing Botanic Images

 


Photo Credit: Melissa Pace

When: Tuesday January 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Melissa Pace, garden educator, artist and photographer, will lead a workshop that will give you an understanding of the elements of photography; line, texture, shape, space and color to add “wow” to your garden photography. This program is ideal for novice photographers using tablets, phones and simple cameras.

Member Cost: $75
Non Member Cost $120

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Growing for Container Succulents


When:
Thursday January 26, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Carrie Waterman will bring a selection of succulents to show the range of these special plants. She will discuss the best species to keep in containers and demonstrate how to care and propagate your own succulents. 

Member Cost: $12

Non Member Cost $20

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Tour: Wellesley College’s Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses

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When: Tuesday January 31, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Wellesley College Botanic Gardens' Visitor Center
Wellesley College Campus
Wellesley, MA 02482

Gail Kahn, Assistant Director of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens will lead us through their sixteen interconnected greenhouses, which house the most diverse collection of plants under glass in the greater Boston area. Highlights of the season may include birds of paradise, orchids, and a blooming Durant camellia. This 130-year old specimen came from the founder of the college.

Must Pre-register

Members: $12
Non-Members: $20

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DIY: Dish Gardens

 

When: Thursday February 9, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Create your own beautiful succulent garden. Students will be able to choose from a variety of succulents to create a long-lasting, low-maintenance garden. Barb Rietscha, owner of Stow Greenhouses, will provide all materials.

$40 members
$60 non-members

Pre-registration required

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Home Garden Remedies: The Good, the Bad, and the What Were You Thinking?

 

When: Tuesday February 14, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

It can be fun to think that the answer to all your garden problems is already in your kitchen or bathroom cupboards, but are household products or homemade brews really effective in the garden?

This amusing and informative talk looks at remedies that are passed over backyard fences, through Facebook or on Pinterest. Learn what works and what’s a waste of time… and which “solutions” are actually garden disasters.

C.L. Fornari is a creative plant geek who fell into garden communications in 1995. She is the author seven books including her latest, The Cocktail Hour Garden, published by St. Lynn’s Press. She is the host of The Garden Lady, heard on WRKO Boston, a frequent speaker, and a blogger/consultant for Hyannis Country Garden on Cape Cod.

C.L.’s not-so-secret mission is to cultivate the gardening revival… in the meantime she grows multitudes of plants on Poison Ivy Acres in Sandwich, MA. Learn more about her work at www.GardenLady.com

Members: $15
Non-Members: $22

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Mass Hort's School Garden Conference: Beyond Education

When: Thursday February 23, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: Hunnewell Building

Our third annual school garden conference will feature workshops that explore regional best practices for planning and running a garden that will not only meet educational goals, but also provide opportunities for a diverse student body, and make connections within the school community and beyond.

A variety of workshops will support interested parents and volunteers, teachers and administrators—those who have established gardens and those just breaking ground.

Together, with your help, we hope to cultivate garden spaces
that will enrich every community!  

Registration Cost:
Member Registration (members of Mass Hort and co-sponsoring organizations): $45
Non-Member Registration: $60
Students: $25 (contact Katie 617-933-4973 or Hannah 617-933-4943 for discount code, supply is limited)

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Space is limited, please register early!

Cost of registration includes lunch. 

Blizzard Date: February 24

Historic Landscapes: Creating a Sense of Time and Place

When: Tuesday February 28, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

An illustrated talk that brings to life the unique and living history of plants that have a defining presence in our region. For those interested in gardens that inspire a sense of time and place, this talk will foster a better understanding of the most tried and true plants and our role in their preservation.

John Forti is a nationally recognized lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist and garden writer. He is the Director of Horticulture for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. John co-founded and served as the board chair for Slow Food Seacoast. He serves on the bio-diversity committee for Slow Food USA and is the governor for Slow Food chapters throughout the state of Massachusetts. He also serves as chair of the board for the Herb Society of America’s New England Unit, and won the 2014 Award for Excellence in Horticulture from the national office. 

Members: $12
Non-Members: $20

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A Garden Reckoning: Looking Back and Planning Forward

When: Thursday March 9, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Can you grow the plants you want, where you want? Join us for this introduction to basic garden/yard site analysis. M.L. Altobelli will review the questions you need to ask yourself in order to make good gardening decisions. We’ll use seed catalogs and other resources to help you figure out what kinds of plants will work best for you. This is a great early step in planning your garden, for either ornamentals or vegetables. 

For over 20 years M.L. Altobelli has been creating and maintaining fine gardens--garden design, installation, maintenance, soil amending and building, and pruning. She brings a strong commitment to creating sustainable soils for healthy people, flowers, trees and grass to all her sites. Learn more at www.greeneryinmotion.com.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Permaculture and the Beginner's Mind

 

When: Tuesday March 14, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Kent Byron will review his permaculture practices used on Grace Note Farm, his 11-acre homestead in Petersham. Permaculture is based on the premise that food production can mirror living regenerative systems in nature, like the forest.

Come learn how he has incorporated these methods into his landscape, and approachable steps to you can take in your own landscape. Thinking in systems can be complex but very stimulating for the brain, and very rewarding.

Kent Byron has been an avid organic gardener for 30+ years and has practiced permaculture for 10 years. His approach is to experiment and try things, and for inspiration, read books and learn from friends. There are successes and failures, both of which create lessons he can share.  

Members: $12
Non-Members: $20

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Fri Dec 02 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Wed Dec 07 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Fri Dec 09 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Sun Dec 11 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Wed Dec 21 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Winter Solstice Walk
Mon Jan 09 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Introduction to Vectorworks: UMass Stockbridge School Credited Course
Thu Jan 12 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Introduction to Fermentation
Tue Jan 17 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
A Gardener's Travels: The Royal National Rose Society's Garden of the Rose
Wed Jan 18 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Designing the Winter Landscape
Tue Jan 24 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Digital Photography: Capturing Botanic Images
Thu Jan 26 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Growing for Container Succulents
Tue Jan 31 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Tour: Wellesley College’s Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses
Thu Feb 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
DIY: Dish Gardens
Tue Feb 14 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Home Garden Remedies: The Good, the Bad, and the What Were You Thinking?
Thu Feb 23 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
School Garden Conference: Beyond Education