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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.

Vegetable Gardening: Planning, Preparing and Maintaining Your Victory Garden


When:
Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM    

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building

There’s nothing like knowing exactly how the vegetables you eat were grown. You can take complete control by establishing your own vegetable garden. And maybe even share with your children the magic of growing their own dinner. What I have learned over the years is that careful planning and preparation can take vegetable gardening from drudgery to fun. So I emphasize the planning of everything from size, location and style of vegetable garden to the need to prepare that garden for success while acknowledging that Mother Nature will always have the final say.

After a career begun as a chemist, Betty Sanders found her interests taking her in a new direction—gardening. She studied at the New York Botanical Garden, New England Wildflower Society, and others on the way to becoming a Master Gardener. Her gardens have been featured on tours by the Garden Conservancy. Betty finds herself increasingly focused on techniques to reduce the use of man-made chemicals in gardening and landscaping. Her current home garden is a grass-free two acres filled with native trees, shrubs and perennials. She is passionate the many opportunities offered by container gardening and as an avid vegetable gardener, is currently in her eighth year of managing her hometown’s community garden.

$12 members
$20 general admission

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Landscaping and Planting Design

When: Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Cheney Room of the Education Building

In this four-week class, instructor and landscape horticulturist Warren Leach, will walk you through the steps landscape design and plant selection. He 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. 

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Classes will be held Thursdays, April 5 - April 26 at The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA.

$125 members
$160 general admission

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Foodscaping

 

When: Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building

More and more gardeners are wanting to grow some of their own vegetables, herbs and berries but don't have room or want to sacrifice their flowers, trees or shrubs. The solution is edible landscaping or Foodscaping. Foodscaping is selecting attractive edibles that will enhance the beauty of your landscape while yielding delicious food. Garden writer Charlie Nardozzi will talk about some basic garden design techniques, unusual places to grow edibles in your yard, good edible substitutes for common ornamentals and my favorite vegetables, herbs and berries for creating an edible landscape. His book, ‘Foodscaping’ will be available for sale and signing.

Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 25 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. Learn more about Charlie at www.GardeningWithCharlie.com.

$12 members
$20 general admission

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Early Season Gardening

When: Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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

Get an early start on implementing a successful growing season! Hannah Traggis will lead this hands-on workshop, covering essential vegetable gardening skills such as handling and transplanting young seedlings and proper weed management. Consideration will be given to spring garden and soil preparations, early spring and summer cover cropping and mulching options, and planning ahead for succession planting and extended vegetable harvest.

Hannah Traggis, our senior horticulturist, 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.

$20 members
$30 general admission

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Greenhouse Growing


When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Where: Putnam Building - Gardens at Elm Bank

Walk with Gardens Curator, David Fiske, throughMass Hort’s production greenhouses. He will explainthe different stages of growth, and the work that isrequired to keep all the plants healthy and thriving.You’ll get taste of what’s to come for The Gardens atElm Bank, as well as some tips on how to start plantsinside to save money and ensure garden success.

David Fiske, Mass Hort Gardens Curator, will lead a workshop that will show you ways to best utilize your greenhouse and indoor growing spaces. He’ll discuss not only how to use these spaces to grow specific plants and starts, but also review maintenance needs that should be on your seasonal checklist.

$12 members
$20 general admission

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Landscape Design for Watershed Health: A Mass Hort Symposium

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Join us to discover how your landscape choices impact the environment. Presenters Sasha Vallieres of The Charles River Conservancy, Miles Connors of Parterre Garden Service, and Dan Jaffe of New England Wildflower Society will review how landscape design, gardening, and lawn care practices affect the health of our watershed. Learn and be inspired by presentations on smart fertilizing,converting lawns to meadow, incorporating pollinator-friendly rain gardens, and restoring and maintaining vegetative buffers along stream banks.No matter your watershed, you will find tips to make your landscape a more ecologically sustainable space.

$40 members
$60 general admission

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Spring Landscape Tour

Summer Garden Tour

When: Wednesday, May 30, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Rain date: Thursday, May 31)

Meet at the Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass., 185 Lyman St. Waltham, Mass.
Continue to the Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, Mass., 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, Mass.
Conclude at The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, Mass.

9:00 a.m: Explore the grounds of the 1793 Lyman Estate and the history of its greenhouses in a tour led by plant expert and Greenhouses Manager Lynn Ackerman. Dating to 1804, the Lyman Estate Greenhouses are among the oldest surviving in the United States. Explore them on your own after the tour.

11:30 a.m. Enjoy the landscape of the Eustis Estate, an 1878 Aesthetic Movement masterpiece next to the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Mass. Take a guided tour exploring the fields, woodland, and gardens as you learn about the landscape and history of the property. The tour also examines the exterior architecture of the house and other original buildings built between 1878 and 1902.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch on the porch or within the main hall of the Eustis Estate mansion. The first floor of the house will be open to explore.

End the day by joining Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Mass Hort) staff for a tour of their thirty-six-acre garden property, The Gardens at Elm Bank. See the historic and contemporary gardens, which display new plant varieties, diverse design concepts, and solutions to many home landscape challenges. The Elm Bank property is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes gardens designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm, and the Cheney-Baltzell Manor House designed by Carrère and Hastings of New York.

Lunch is included in the price. No transportation will be provided.

$40 Historic New England and Mass Hort members
$55 Nonmembers

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Please call 617-994-5959 or buy online. Mass Hort members must call to receive discount.

Hands-On Floral Design

When: Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: 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.

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$150 members
$200 general admission

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Bio-control of Lily Leaf Beetles


When: Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building

The Lily Leaf Beetle is largely under control inour area thanks to the efforts of researchers at URI, including presenter, Dr. Richard Casagrande. Dr. Casagrande will discuss the lily leaf beetle project and its connection to early research at The Gardens at Elm Bank and abroad. He will also review biological control programs underway in this region to find biological controls of invasive insects and plants that are important in Southern New England.

Richard Casagrande, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, joined the University of Rhode Island faculty in 1976. He taught courses in biological control, integrated pest management, insects and society and gave innumerable lectures to Master Gardeners and landscape practitioners throughout the region.  In retirement, he continues to work with colleagues at URI and throughout the world on biological control of invasive insects and plants that are important in Southern New England. Past and current projects include the lily leaf beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, birch leafminer, Cypress spurge, purple loosestrife, black swallow-wort and common reed. 

$12 members
$20 general admission

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EcoPrinting: Fiber art workshop


When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Where: Putnam Building at the Gardens at Elm Bank

Leaves and flowers placed on specially treated fabric, and then steamed, release their pigments to create realistic prints on the fabric. Fiber artist, Mary DeLano, will teach students about which plants print reliably and will experiment with others. Each student will take home four printed pieces of fabric, including one silk scarf and one vintage table linen (materials included).

$75 members
$110 general admission

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Explore the Teaching Herb Garden


When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Teaching Herb Garden at The Gardens at Elm Bank

Susan Leigh Anthony and Lucy Dean, members of The New England Unit of the Herb Society of America, will lead a program in The Teaching Herb Garden. They will point out several of their favorite plants, and share stories and methods of harvesting, history, lore and plant uses. We hope you can join us for this program highlighting one of our most interesting gardens led by the people who maintain and care for it. At the end of the talk there will be a brief “Herb Search” for attendees.

$12 members
$20 general admission

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The Art of Planting Design

When: Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building

In this three-session tutorial course Maria von Brincken, landscape designer, will teach you how to use color and plants to design gardens filled with color from flowers and foliage. You’ll learn how to create beautiful plant combinations that flower from spring to frost for sun and shade. Through hands-on practice sessions, participants make a landscape/garden color palette, practice the system to design plant combinations in color sequences through the seasons, and learn planting bed lay-out. Tutorial walks in the Bressingham Garden illustrate class lectures and exercises.

Maria von Brincken, principle of Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design, is an award-winning certified designer (APLD and LI) celebrating her 20th 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. A former contributing editor to LandShapes Magazine, her writing has also been published in NELDHA’s Perspectives, APLD’s The Designer, and GardenDrum.org.

Her lectures and workshops have been featured at the MHS, 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

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$240 members
$275 general admission

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A Summer Stroll: Garden Tour


When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank

Walk through the gardens with David Fiske, Mass Hort’s Garden Curator. He will point out unique specimens such as the early perennials and woody plants. He’ll show you how to identify plants and understand their growing conditions.

$5 members
$15 general admission

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What's Buggin' Me?

When: Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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

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, senior horticulturist, 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. 

$25 members
$35 general admission

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Fall Planting Workshop

When: Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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

Extend your growing season with this hands-on workshop! Senior Horticulturist, Hannah Traggis, will cover succession planting and send you home with some cold-hardy seedlings.

Hannah Traggis, senior horticulturist, 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. 

$25 members
$35 general admission

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Evening Photography Stroll


When: Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank

Learn how to add ‘wow’ to your garden pictures! Learn the top ten tips how to improve your photos, then stroll the gardens to put your knowledge into practice! Each participant will need to bring their camera, phone with picture capabilities or tablet to use.

$12 members
$20 general admission

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Meditations in Ink: Asian Brush Painting

 

When: Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: Putnam Building at the Gardens at Elm Bank

Students in this workshop will learn the art of Asian Brush Painting and focus on the orchid. This workshop is for those interested in learning and using the traditional tools and techniques of Asian Brush Painting (aka "sumi-e" in Japan). Through step-by-step instructor demonstrations and hands-on brushpainting projects using the "Four Treasures" (bamboo brushes, handground ink, inkstone, and rice paper) you will explore this ancient and elegant art and leave class with two completed works. 

NO ART EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Against a backdrop of meditative music, this workshop is your doorway to the exciting yet contemplative world of Asian art!

Bruce Iverson is an artist who has specialized in Asian Brush Painting (sumi-e in Japan) since 1972 with master brush painters Jean Shen, Ning Yeh, and I-Hsiung Ju. He has exhibited in group and juried shows throughout the United States and has had several one-man shows in New England. He has traveled to China for a deeper understanding of the context of brush painting and is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association. His work is grounded in a three thousand year old tradition in which the tools, techniques and philosophy of this Asian art form have had a lifelong resonance. Additional information about Bruce can be found at his website www.iversonarts.com
 
Instructor will provide supplies.
Students must provide their own lunch and beverages.

$160 members
$200 general admission

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About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

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.

Mass Hort Classes & Events

Thu Apr 26 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Landscaping and Planting Design
Tue May 01 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Morning Course
Tue May 01 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Afternoon Course
Thu May 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Foodscaping
Sun May 06 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Early Season Gardening Workshop
Thu May 17 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Greenhouse Growing
Tue May 22 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
Landscaping for Watershed Health
Wed May 30 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Spring Landscape Tour
Wed Jun 06 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Bio-control of Lily Leaf Beetles
Tue Jun 12 @ 1:00PM - 04:30PM
Eco Printing: Fiber art workshop
Tue Jun 26 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Explore the Teaching Herb Garden
Wed Jul 11 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Art of Planting Design
Wed Jul 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Summer Stroll: Garden tour
Sun Jul 22 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
What's Buggin' Me?
Sat Aug 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Fall Planting Workshop
Thu Aug 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Summer Stroll: Garden Tour
Sun Aug 12 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations in Ink with Bruce Iverson