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Adult Education

In our 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

Thu Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pollinator-friendly Gardens and Landscapes
Sun Jun 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Summer Sustainability
Wed Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 08 @ 7:00AM - 08:30PM
Ecological Gardening
Wed Jun 14 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Wed Jun 21 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design

Pollinator-friendly Gardens and Landscapes

When: Thursday June 1, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Bees and other beneficial insects are all the buzz these days -  and for good reason. Pollinator populations are crashing both locally and worldwide, yet these small forms of wildlife are vital to food production, pest control, and environmental stability. With just a few changes in your property management, you can help support and maintain a diversity of pollinator and beneficial insect species in your backyard or farm. Learn to identify the good - and bad - bugs flying around your gardens, and at the same time welcome a whole new dimension to your enjoyment of gardening and nature.

Ellen Sousa is an author, garden coach and designer from Turkey Hill Brook Farm, a habitat farm and native plant nursery in Spencer, MA. Since 2007, Ellen has worked with homeowners, landowners and non-profit organizations to design and manage landscapes that support food production and local biodiversity. She is the author of the book The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting & Maintaining the Eco-friendly Habitat Garden

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Summer Sustainability

 
When: Sunday June 4, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Seed to Table Garden

Sustaining a school garden throughout the summer can be challenging but also offers a way to increase community and broader educational opportunities for all involved! Join us to explore the many ways to keep your gardens active and thriving and poised to serve educational needs during the following school year. Topics covered will be garden maintenance, planning ahead for the fall, engaging summer help, community outreach and use of summer-grown produce and other garden goods. Curriculum, guides and other materials will be provided.

Hannah Traggis manages Mass Hort's edible gardens throughout The Gardens at Elm Bank. She oversees the Seed to Table vegetable garden which produces more than 4,000 pounds of produce each year to support our educational mission and local food pantries.

Members: $20
General Admission: $30

 

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Hands-On Floral Design

When: Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 PM - June 7, 14, 21

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Cheney Room of the Education Building

Bring a little bit of your garden indoors. In this three-session class, learn how to arrange flowers that you may find in your garden and yard. Barbara Rietscha, owner of Stow Greenhouses in Stow MA, will bring seasonal flowers from her farm to the class and teach you how to condition and arrange them. In the first class, you will be creating an arrangement in a glass cylinder vase. The second class will teach you how to create a dining table centerpiece and for the third class bring your own vase to arrange in. Flowers for all sessions are provided as are vases for sessions 1 and 2. Bring your own flower cutters/scissors and a vase for session 3. Each evening you will go home with a beautiful arrangement of fresh, locally grown flowers.

Stow Greenhouses is a cut flower farm and floral design studio specializing in fresh-from-the-garden arrangements for weddings and special life events. They sell retail at many area farmers’ markets and at the Boston Public Market. Stow Greenhouses brings the best of what is blooming from their garden to your vase.

MUST PRE-REGISTER

Lecture Fee:

Mass Hort Members $150
Non-Members $200

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Ecological Gardening

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

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Too often, common gardening practices harm rather than build healthy ecosystems. Learn how to garden like an eco-champion using sustainable gardening practices that will make your garden a safe haven for both people and plants.

Mark Richardson is New England Wild Flower Society’s Horticulture Director. He oversees the Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. Mark studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. Learn more at www.NewEnglandWild.org.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Permaculture Design

When: Tuesdays 6:00 to 8:00 PM
July 18  through August 8, 2017

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

In this seven-session tutorial course Marie Stella, instructor, permaculturist and landscape designer, will will introduce you to the principles and application of permaculture—a natural, ecological, and organic approach to land management and landscape design. This class is being offered through the Stockbridge School at UMass, and can be taken for 1 credit. MUST PRE-REGISTER.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 18-August 8 at The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA.

For Credit, register at www.umassulearn.net.
$482/in-state
$691/out-of-state

Audit this UMass Class through Mass Hort. By registering here, you will be registering for a reduced rate, and will receive NO COLLEGE CREDIT. If you would like to register for credit, register through UMass, www.umassulearn.net

Member Cost: $150
Non Member Cost $200

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What's Buggin' Me?

 

When: Sunday July 30, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Join us for a stroll through the vegetable gardens with Sue Scheufele from the UMass Extension Vegetable Program. We will learn to identify common insect and disease pests, and the damage they can cause to vegetable and herb plants. We will discuss organic management strategies that are available to home gardeners including use of mulches, row covers, bio-based pesticides and more.

Hannah Traggis manages Mass Hort's edible gardens throughout The Gardens at Elm Bank. She oversees the Seed to Table vegetable garden which produces more than 4,000 pounds of produce each year to support our educational mission and local food pantries.

Members: $20 General Admission: $30

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Landscaping and Planting Design

When: Thursdays 6:00 to 9:00 PM
September 14  through October 12, 2017

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

Instructor Warren Leach, Landscape Horticulturist, will focus on fundamental principles of design used in creating landscapes and garden spaces and composing planting designs using a complement of woody and herbaceous plants. This class is being offered through the Stockbridge School at UMass, and can be taken for 1 credit. MUST PRE-REGISTER

Classes will be held Thursdays, September14-October 12 at The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA.

For Credit, register at www.umassulearn.net after June 5.

Audit this UMass Class through Mass Hort. By registering here, you will be registering for a reduced rate, and will receive NO COLLEGE CREDIT. If you would like to register for credit, register through UMass, www.umassulearn.net

Member Cost: $150
Non Member Cost $200

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Horticulture Experience at Plimoth Plantation Museum

 


When:
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Plimoth Plantation Museum
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, MA 02360

Explore the roots of horticulture in Massachusetts with a Mass Hort guided tour of Plimoth Plantation.

The gardens and grounds of Plimoth Plantation bring to life the earliest horticultural practices among the Native Americans of Massachusetts and the earliest group of immigrants known today as Pilgrims. Join us for a tour of the 17th century gardens and landscapes of Plymouth. Together we will explore the garden history and world view, of the two groups who forever defined a what a sense of place means in our shared regional landscape.

Participants will enjoy a guided tour period gardens ranging from Wampanoag fields and landscapes and Colonial raised bed gardens, to Olmsted firm estate era landscapes.

Registration is required

Member Rate - $25.00, Non-member Rate - $35.00
Member Rate with Lunch - $45.00, Non-member Rate with Lunch - $55.00

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A Goddess through Her Seasons: Food and Nutrition to Power an Energized Life

When: Thursday August 17, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Seed to Table Garden

In the Greek tradition, the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University is guided by philosopher Hippocrates who said “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” And in the spirit of the Goddess Ponoma, HNRCA interim director Sarah Booth, Ph.D. will present why fruits and vegetables are the key to nutritious eating patterns and an important contributor to healthy and active aging. Dr. Booth is also a senior scientist, director of the Vitamin K Laboratory and a professor of nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Admission to the "Goddesses in the Gardens" program is included with this event.

Members: $12 General Admission: $20

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Mass Hort logo newFounded 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.

2017 Calendar & Courses

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Thu Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pollinator-friendly Gardens and Landscapes
Sun Jun 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Summer Sustainability
Wed Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 08 @ 7:00AM - 08:30PM
Ecological Gardening
Thu Jun 15 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
Second Annual Garden Party Benefit
Tue Jul 18 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Permaculture Design
Tue Jul 25 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Bressingham Garden Symposium 2017: Inspiration in Your Landscape
Thu Jul 27 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
Evening at Elm Bank: Third Annual Arts on the Green
Sun Jul 30 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
What's Buggin' Me?
Tue Aug 01 @10:30AM - 01:00PM
Horticulture Experience at Plimoth Plantation Museum
Thu Sep 14 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Landscaping and Planting Design