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Adult Education

In 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 May 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Seed of Renewal: Indigenous Agricultural and Culinary Revitalization in the far northeast
Sat May 07 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Daylilies and Perennial Transplanting
Sun May 08 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Wed May 11 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Botanical Art for Beginners
Sun May 15 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Tue May 17 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Thu May 19 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Thu May 19 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Roses
Sun May 22 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Tue May 24 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement

Seed of Renewal: Indigenous Agricultural and Culinary Revitalization in the far northeast

When: Thursday May 5, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Join us as ethnobotanist Dr. Fred Wiseman shares his experiences tracking down the seeds of the agricultural and culinary history of the Wabanaki tribe from Northern New England. Dr. Wiseman has worked with indigenous communities for years to restore tribal food systems and increase food and seed sovereignty by reintroducing ancient crops, agricultural practices and cuisine. Learn about these ancient techniques and try them in your own food gardens at home!

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

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Daylilies and Perennial Transplanting

When: Saturday May 7, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Mett in the Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Carl Harmon, of Harmon Hill Farm, will lead a presentation on the diverse world of daylily culture. Following a brief, indoor introduction, join him in the Daylily Display Garden to get your hands dirty as you learn how to divide these and other perennials. You'll also get a chance to pot a plant to take home!

Member Cost: $5
Non-Member Cost $8

SAVE by purchasing this class as part of a bundle of classes! Learn more!

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Botanical Art for Beginners

When: Wednesday May 11, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Putnam Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Ellen Duarte, member of the NE Society of Botanical Artists, will lead a six-hour introductory workshop meant for any skill level. Participants will be given an overview of botanical art, and be guided through the process of planning and beginning a botanical painting. Class time includes instruction, demonstration, and working time to cover botany, drawing, color theory, painting techniques, and observatory skill building. 

MUST PRE-REGISTER

Lecture Fee:

Mass Hort Members $85

Non-Members $110

Paper and paints will be supplied, students will need to bring other materials and lunch (list will be mailed out to registrants).

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Landscape Plants Credited Course

  

When: Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 6:30 PM to Thursday June 9, 2016 at 8:30 PM

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

Mass Hort is now Partnering the Stockbridge School at UMass to offer classes at The Gardens at Elm Bank for UMass credit!

Introduction to 50 common native and non-native ornamental species in landscape architecture, horticulture and urban forestry in New England. Plant identification from a horticultural perspective covering plant morphology and botany. Horticultural and environmental requirements of each plant will be discussed.

Class will meet in Wellesley twice a week for four weeks.

Tuesdays and Thursdays May 17 - June 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

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

1 credit through UMass Amherst 

$450 for Massachusetts Residents

$660 for Others

 

Roses

When: Thursday May 19, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

David Cannistraro, past President of the New England Rose Society, will discuss a selection of rose types, and how to properly plant them, prune them through the growing season, and protect them in winter. He'll also review best methods to deadhead and fertilize, and include a comparison of natural and over-the-counter sprays.

A fun program to make rose growing easy, this program will be hands-on with potted rose demonstrations. 

Also, current President of the NE Rose Society, Teresa Mosher will be selling and signing her book, A Year in My Rose Garden.

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

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Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement

When: Tuesday May 24, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Join Karen Bussolini who will introduce you to sizzling plant combinations of color and contrast. There’s no need to be overwhelmed by color wheels and plant choice. Bussolini reflects on what makes certain combinations work – or not. A truly satisfying garden is much more than just a bunch of nice plants. It’s boring if plants just sit there next to each other – they need to interact, to carry on a conversation, to have dynamic contrasts.

Her talk is full of exciting plant combinations photographed in gardens across the country. Starting with simple combinations, and an explanation of how you can use color or texture, gesture, light-reflecting qualities, repetition, color echoes and other qualities. Bussolini will also progress to more complex schemes. Plants with distinctive character and plants that move – or appear to – enliven the mix.

Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement gives gardeners simple intuitive ways of thinking about combining plants that anyone can use easily – without angst or color wheel.

A Garden Writers Association Award-winning garden photographer who blossomed into a widely-published writer, well-traveled speaker, eco-friendly garden coach and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, Karen Bussolini explores the connections between art, gardens and the environment. She combines passion, great photos and a lifetime of gardening experience in her lectures.

Learn more about Karen Bussolini, her lectures and six books at www.karenbussolini.com

Lecture Fee:

$12/member
$20/non-member

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Hands-On Floral Design

When: Wednesdays, June 1st, 8th, & 15th - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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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The Ergonomics of Gardening

When: Wednesday June 29, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Meet Albert Samano for an introduction to stretches and exercises you can do to keep your body in peak gardening form! Samano has 10 years’ experience as a Master Trainer at the Wellesley Boston Sports Club, he will show you how you can garden with minimal strain on your body.

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Color Gardens: Learn to Create Three-Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal

 

When: Wednesdays, July 13th, 20th, & 27th - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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, and then learn the system to design plant combinations in color sequences through the seasons. Finally, take 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 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. Aformer 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

MUST PRE-REGISTER

Lecture Fee:

Mass Hort Members $240

Non-Members $265

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The Wonderful World of Carnivorous Plants!

 

When: Friday August 12, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Parkman Room of the Education Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

In this family-friendly program, the New England Carnivorous Plant Society will bring all sorts of real-live carnivorous plants for kids to touch, examine and feed. Come see tropical, North American and Australian pitcher plants, Venus flytraps, sundews, butterworts, bladderworts and corkscrew plants!

You will event get to look at their traps up close through a microscopic display, and kids get their own Venus flytrap to take home!

$15/ members and children
$25/ non-members 


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The mission of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society shall be to share, to gain knowledge of, and to achieve expertise in all phases of growing, education, appreciation, and conservation of carnivorous plants in both culture and in native habitats. Learn more atwww.necps.org.

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Thu May 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Seed of Renewal: Indigenous Agricultural and Culinary Revitalization in the far northeast
Sat May 07 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Daylilies and Perennial Transplanting
Sun May 08 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Wed May 11 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Botanical Art for Beginners
Sat May 14 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
The Gardeners' Fair and Plant Sale
Tue May 17 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Thu May 19 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Thu May 19 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Roses
Tue May 24 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement
Wed Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Wed Jun 29 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
The Ergonomics of Gardening
Sun Jul 10 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Wed Jul 13 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Color Gardens: Learn to Create Three-Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal
Fri Aug 12 @ 2:00PM - 03:30PM
The Wonderful World of Carnivorous Plants!
Sun Sep 11 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table