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Adult Education

Providing horticulture education for aspiring gardeners is a large part of the mission for the Massachusetts Horticulture Society. We offer an array of gardening workshops, courses and lectures throughout the year that cover a wide variety of gardening topics and interests. Below is the list of upcoming classes.

Thursday Night at the Hort

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In this annual lecture series, a different expert each week will offer a presentation sure to please the armchair gardener to the Master Gardener. Topics range across the horticultural spectrum from soil to seeds to gardens and everything associated with them.  

Click here to see a schedule and descriptions of the lectures.

Hands on Hort

We all have different learning styles. In this year round program of hands on workshops Mass Hort is looking to support those individuals who enjoy the “Learn by Doing” model of education. Throughout the year we will provide a variety of workshops across the spectrum of horticulture. Our goal is offer you the opportunity to learn and do in a professional setting from leaders and experts in the horticultural world.

Click here to see a schedule and descriptions of the lectures.

Read more: Hands on Hort

Art in the Garden

Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) have joined forces to offer you an exciting new way to appreciate the beauty of Elm Bank. From May through October, the gardens will provide the inspiration for a series of watercolor workshops taught by award winning professional artists of NEWS. Each instructor, demonstrating their unique style and technique, will take you through the elements that go into creating a painting. Whether you are an experienced artist seeking new inspiration or have longed to try watercolor for the first time, choose a workshop to suit your needs and take advantage of this perfect opportunity to express the beauty of Elm Bank through watercolor.

Click here to see a schedule and descriptions of the classes. 

Massachusetts Master Gardener training program

Mass Hort also hosts the Massachusetts Master Gardener Associations Master Gardener Training Program. To learn more about this course and the Association please visit the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association website.

About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Massachusetts Horticultural Society LogoFounded 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.

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Fri Nov 28 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees
Fri Nov 28 @12:00PM - 05:30PM
Festival of Trees Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
Fri Nov 28 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Festival of Trees Welcomes Santa!
Wed Dec 03 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
Fesival of Trees
Fri Dec 05 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees
Fri Dec 05 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Festival of Trees Pajama Party
Sat Dec 06 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Festival of Trees Holiday Wreath Workshop
Sat Dec 06 @12:00PM - 05:30PM
Festival of Trees Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
Sat Dec 06 @ 5:00PM - 06:00PM
Festival of Trees Live Music (Wellesley Choral Society)
Sun Dec 07 @12:00PM - 01:30PM
Festival of Trees Kids Craft Workshop
Sun Dec 07 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Festival of Trees Welcomes Santa!
Wed Dec 10 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees
Thu Dec 11 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Festival of Trees Ornament Workshop
Fri Dec 12 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees
Sat Dec 13 @12:00PM - 05:30PM
Festival of Trees Horse-drawn Wagon Rides