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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

Tue Jul 25 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Bressingham Garden Symposium 2017: Inspiration in Your Landscape
Wed Jul 26 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Color Gardens: Learn to Create Three-Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal
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 Aug 10 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Organically Treating for Garden Pests: Integrated Pest Management
Sun Aug 20 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Back to School Gardens!
Sat Aug 26 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Hops, Ales and Brewing, Oh My!
Fri Sep 08 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Northeast Region Perennial Plant Symposium
Sun Sep 10 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Baby, It's Cold Outside

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

When: Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT
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Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT

Where: Cheney 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

 MUST PRE-REGISTER

Lecture Fee:

Mass Hort Members $240

General Audience $275

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Garden Transitions for Fall Workshop

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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

While summer is in full swing, fall is right around the corner and a little preparation now will go a long way to extend productivity in your vegetable garden. Join Seed to Table educator, Hannah Traggis, and discuss mid-summer transitions that will help carry your garden through the late summer with season-extending techniques to ensure a late fall harvest.

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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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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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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Organically Treating for Garden Pests: Integrated Pest Management

 

When: Thursday August 10, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

This outdoor workshop will review the common practices used for identifying insect and disease problems on common garden plants with suggested IPM and organic controls. Instructor, Bruce Wenning, will focus will be on insect pests. We will search for pests and pest damage in the garden.  

Bruce Wenning is the horticulturist at The Country Club, Brookline, and has been have been serving on the Board of Directors for the Ecological Landscaping Alliance since 2003. He specializes in plant pest diagnostics, insect taxonomy and iecological landscaping consultation.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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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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Hops, Ales and Brewing, Oh My!

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank & Barleycorn's in Natick

Meet us for a full day on hops and their use in brewing!

Dr. Heather Darby, Agronomist and Soils Specialist with the University of Vermont will cover the basics for growing hops in the Northeast, including information on site selection, variety selection, fertility management, irrigation systems, and pest management. Protocols to determine harvest times, harvest equipment, drying requirements, and storage will also be covered. Come and learn from UVM's vast experience in growing hops in our region. 

After, we will harvest hops from our Seed to Table Garden and rejoin at Barleycorns in Natick, where we will use those hops to brew our own 3 Goddess Pale Ale.

$60 members
$85 general admission

*Add $50 to bring home a case of the brew

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Back to School Gardens!

When: Sunday August 20, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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

Join Hannah Traggis, Mass Hort's Seed to Table Educator, and get a jump start on your school garden! Topics for this hands-on workshop include: direct sowing and transplanting seedlings, selecting crops to plant in the fall, mulching, weeding, maintaining and using those crops, and season extension. You will get to practice all of these in the garden and learn to construct a simple and inexpensive season extending bed cover that will allow you and your students to enjoy your garden well into the late fall! A few curriculum ideas will also be discussed.

Take home several seedlings including lettuce, kale, spinach and more, that are ready to plant on the first day of school!

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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Northeast Region Perennial Plant Symposium

     

Northeast Region Perennial Plant Association Symposium

September 8, 2017

 Mass Hort’s The Gardens at Elm Bank

 Wellesley, Massachusetts

Presented by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society &
the Perennial Plant Association

When: Friday, September 8, 2017 (all day event)

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank

On Friday, September 8, Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Perennial Plant Association are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, "Perennial Inspirations & Concepts." The symposium is open to all levels of gardeners and professionals. Five of the best writers and creative plantsmen from across the country will be there, and you’re invited to listen, learn and ask questions. Continuing Education Units (CEU)s available.

This Year's Roster of Presenters Includes:

Karen Bussolini, Garden Writer and Coach

Rebecca Lindenmeyr, Garden Designer and Owner of Linden L.A.N.D. Group

Barbara Pierson, Nursery Manager at White Flower Farm

Kathy Tracey, Garden Writer Designer at Avant Gardens 

Check Back Soon for More information!

Register before August 31: $99
Register on or after September 1: $125
Must Pre-register

Price Includes Lunch

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Baby, It's Cold Outside


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

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

In this workshop we will discuss both end of season garden tasks as well as planning for overwintering crops. Participants will learn about what type of debris to remove or leave behind and cover cropping and mulching options to improve your soil over the winter. Soil testing and other fall soil amendments will be considered. Finally, a demonstration will be given on how to construct a simple winter row cover to protect crops and extend your harvest season. Crop variety selection will be discussed.

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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Cold Frame Gardening

When: Thursday September 14, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Cold frames and hoop houses are great season extenders, allowing vegetables to be planted 2-4 weeks earlier than unprotected plants. They also play a key role in the transition of seedlings of all kinds from the sheltered windowsill/greenhouse environment to the outdoors. Gretel Anspach will show you how, where and when to use these interesting tools in your own garden.

Gretel Anspach is a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and a recently-retired systems engineer for Raytheon. Gretel helped to establish and maintain two food production gardens that have provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for the last eight years. Gretel considers her gardening interests to be eclectic, which is to say she know a little about a lot of different areas, but not too much about any one thing in particular.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Tour: The Arnold Arboretum

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) Photo Credit: Jordan Wood

When: Tuesday September 19, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: The Arnold Arboretum 
Arboretum Visitor's Center
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
 

Join us for a guided walk through the Arnold Arboretum. We will explore the history and horticulture of this beautiful and important institution. 

Pre-registration required.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Art & Spirit in the Garden: Incorporating Sculpture into Your Outdoor Landscape

Karin Stanley, Spiral Trilogy–Spiralsphere, Triasphere, Squaresphere

When: Thursday September 21, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Gathering inspirations from her love of poetry art and sculpture from her travels and musings in Ancient Ireland, Scotland and other countries in creating meditative spaces, areas for serenity, healing, reflection, dynamic impact, drama, humor or allegory. Karin Stanley's background as an artist/sculptor and garden designer and a graduate of the Radcliffe landscape design and history program- shares some of her process and practical ideas and advice on how to use sculpture and artistic enhancements that will help inspire a deeper vision and impact for your own garden, community or public project

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

copyright 2017 KMStanley

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Composting at Home and in School Gardens

When: Sunday September 24, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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

Learn how to compost at school with students as an educational activity and turn garden and kitchen scraps into “black gold” for your school gardens.

Join Ann McGovern of MassDEP and Hannah Traggis, MassHort’s Seed to Table Educator, in the garden at Elm Bank for a hands on workshop on setting up and using compost bins available from MassDEP’s Green Team and how to build larger bins for your school. We’ll also demonstrate indoor composting with earthworms, for classroom composting. Worms provided (free) to participants.

Member Cost: $30
Non Member Cost $45
Green Team Members: DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE, Call or Email Katie Folts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-933-4973

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Putting the Garden to Bed

When: Thursday September 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Join Garden Lecturer, Suzanne Mahler, for a presentation covering fall gardening activities including transplanting, lawn care, bulbs, preparing new gardens, and tips for preparing gardens for winter weather.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Tue Jul 25 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Bressingham Garden Symposium 2017: Inspiration in Your Landscape
Wed Jul 26 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Color Gardens: Learn to Create Three-Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal
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 Aug 10 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Organically Treating for Garden Pests: Integrated Pest Management
Sun Aug 20 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Back to School Gardens!
Sat Aug 26 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Hops, Ales and Brewing, Oh My!
Fri Sep 08 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Northeast Region Perennial Plant Symposium
Sun Sep 10 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Thu Sep 14 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Landscaping and Planting Design
Thu Sep 14 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Cold Frame Gardening
Tue Sep 19 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Tour: The Arnold Arboretum
Thu Sep 21 @ 7:00AM - 08:30PM
Art & Spirit in the Garden: Incorporating Sculpture into Your Outdoor Landscape
Sun Sep 24 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Composting at Home and in School Gardens
Thu Sep 28 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Putting the Garden to Bed