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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.

Botany for the Home Gardener

When: Tuesdays, January 16, 23, 30 and February 6 and 13, 2018 from 7:00 PM to  8:30 PM

Where: Cheney Room of the Education Building 

In this five-session course, join our Senior Horticulturist, Hannah Traggis, to explore the fundamentals of plant structures and their function, reproductive and floral biology, introductory concepts in physiology and metabolism, and overall systematic organization and classification of major plant groups within the plant kingdom. Participants will better understand the world of plants and gain a far deeper appreciation for their wonder. 

$150 members
$200 general admission

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Digital Photography: Capturing Botanic Images


Photo Credit: Melissa Pace

When:Wednesday, January 24, 2018 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
General Admission Cost $110

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Landscaping and Planting Design

When: Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00 PM
January 25 - February 15  2018

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.

Classes will be held Thursdays, January 25 - February 15 at The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA.

Member Cost: $125
Non Member Cost $160

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Garden Designs to Bridge Culture and Time: A Garden History Symposium

When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Spend a winter’s day touring iconic gardens from across the world. Join us for an afternoon symposium that will lead you on virtual tours through a variety of historical gardens. Our award-winning presenters include Patrick Chassé lecturing on Asian Gardens; Patrice Todisco reviewing trends of New England Gardens; and Marion Pressley discussing Italian Gardens. With stories and images, they will highlight design features that you can apply in your own landscapes. 

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$40/member

$60/general admission

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Fruit Trees: Maintenance and Propagation

wes autioWhen: Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building 

Stockbridge School of Agriculture Director, Wes Autio, will present on the horticulture and physiology of fruit trees, discuss the unique methods of managing dwarf trees, ways to enhance fruiting, and other interesting facts for creating and maintaining a home orchard.

$12 members
$20 general admission

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Hydroponic Tour: Little Leaf Farms

 

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

Where: Little Leaf Farms, 105 Walker Road, Shirley, MA 01464

Little Leaf Farms is a 25-acre hydroponic farm andthe leading producer of baby greens sold across theNortheast. Their farm is the most technologically advanced lettuce growing greenhouse in the world.Greens are grown hydroponically using capturedrainwater, just one aspect of their sustainable model.Learn more by joining us on a tour with the farm’s founder, Paul Sellew

Paul Sellew founded and serves as CEO of Little Leaf Farms, prior to this he founded and served as CEO and Chairman of Harvest Power, Inc., and also founded and led as CEO of Backyard Farms, one of the largest year-round greenhouse producers of tomatoes on the east coast. Paul is a 1980 graduate of Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and currently serves on the Board of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

$12 members
$20 general admission

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Mass Hort's School Garden Conference: Growing for Experience

When: Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Hunnewell Building

Our fourth 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 foster life skills. Attending educators will develop practical gardening skills that will increase their confidenceand ability to teach in and from a garden. Workshops will support interested parents and volunteers, teachers and administrators—those who have established gardens and those just breaking ground. Pre-registration required.

Together we hope to cultivate garden spaces
that will enrich every community!  

Check back for details, presenters and schedule!

Registration Cost:
Member Registration (members of Mass Hort and co-sponsoring organizations): $40
Non-Member Registration: $60
Students: $20 (contact Katie 617-933-4973 for discount code, supply is limited)

Space is limited, please register early!

Cost of registration includes lunch. 

Blizzard Date: February 23

 

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Tour: Lyman Estate

 

When: Monday, March 5, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM  

Where: Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman St., Waltham, MA 02452

Join Mass Hort for a special tour! Lyman Estate docents will lead us through the mansion and greenhouses. Come see their exotic house plants, citrus fruits, and blooming camellias!

The Lyman Estate, also known as “the Vale,” is a National Historic Landmark and one of the finest U.S. examples of a country estate following the principles of eighteenth-century English naturalistic design. In the 1700s and 1800s, Waltham was a popular location for country estates. In 1793 shipping merchant Theodore Lyman commissioned famed architect Samuel McIntire to design and build a Federal-style house for his family.

The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are among the oldest surviving greenhouses in the United States. The complex includes an 1804 grape house, 1820 camellia house, 1840 orchid house, and a 1930 sales greenhouse where you can buy plants to take home.

Paul Sellew founded and serves as CEO of Little Leaf Farms, prior to this he founded and served as CEO and Chairman of Harvest Power, Inc., and also founded and led as CEO of Backyard Farms, one of the largest year-round greenhouse producers of tomatoes on the east coast. Paul is a 1980 graduate of Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and currently serves on the Board of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

$20 members
$30 general admission

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Rev Up for Spring: Seed Sowing, Growing and More!

When: Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM   

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building

The groundhog has spoken. It’s time to start the garden. Flower farmer Evelyn Lee will introduce you to an array of flowers you can grow for your next arrangement or simply to enjoy in your garden. Evelyn will focus on indoor and outdoor sowing, planting methods and timing for annuals, hardy annuals, tubers, bulbs and more. Presentation will include a demonstration on the soil blocking method of starting seeds.

Evelyn Lee, flower farmer and floral designer at her specialty cut flower farm - Butternut Gardens in Southport, Connecticut – is a CT NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. Her farm is a certified Bee Friendly Farm. Evelyn grows just shy of 45,000 flowers a year for wholesale, retail, weddings and events. She received a Certificate in Gardening from New York Botanical Garden, was trained as a Master Gardener in Connecticut, and earned a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Evelyn combines her lifelong love of gardening and growing flowers with an environmentally sensitive approach to achieve beautiful natural-looking garden-inspired floral designs. Learn more at www.butternutgardens.com

$12 members
$20 general admission

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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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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

Tue Jan 23 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener
Wed Jan 24 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Digital Photography: Capturing Botanic Images
Wed Jan 24 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Designing the Winter Landscape
Thu Jan 25 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Landscaping and Planting Design
Tue Jan 30 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
Garden Designs to Bridge Culture and Time: A Garden History Symposium
Thu Feb 08 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fruit Trees: Maintenance and Propagation
Tue Feb 13 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Hydroponic Tour: Little Leaf Farms
Thu Feb 22 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Mass Hort's School Garden Conference: Growing for Experience
Mon Mar 05 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Tour: Lyman Estate
Thu Mar 22 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Rev Up for Spring: Seed Sowing, Growing and More!
Thu Mar 29 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Vegetable Gardening: Planning, Preparing and Maintaining Your Victory Garden