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Adult Education

on 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

Mon Sep 26 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener
Wed Sep 28 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener
Wed Sep 28 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Floral Design for Beginners
Sun Oct 02 @10:00AM - 10:30AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Mon Oct 03 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener
Wed Oct 05 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener
Wed Oct 05 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Floral Design for Beginners
Thu Oct 06 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Young Tree Care: Proper Planting and Pruning
Sun Oct 09 @10:00AM - 10:30AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Mon Oct 10 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener

Botany for the Home Gardener

 

When: Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM
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Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 8:30 PM

 

Where: Cheney Room of the Education Building

Plants are fascinating inside and out! In this four-session course, discover the essential fundamentals of botany that will deepen your understanding of the plant kingdom including your own house and garden plants.

Join Hannah Traggis, Seed to Table Educator and former botany instructor at the University of New Hampshire to explore plant structure and function, taxonomy and the interactions of plants and man since the dawn of civilization.  

Member Cost: $150
Non Member Cost $200

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Young Tree Care: Proper Planting and Pruning


When: Thursday October 6, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where:
The Gardens at Elm Bank

Mark Bruno and Andrew Balon, experienced managing arborists at Bartlett Tree Care, will lead a demonstration and presentation on how to properly plant young trees and prune them to keep them healthy through the winter.

Bartlett specializes in preventative health care for your trees and shrubs including soil management, insect and disease management, and general tree maintenance such as pruning, cabling and bracing, lightning protection, planting and removal. Bartlett brings the resources of world-class research right to your home via its Certified Arborists. Learn more at www.Bartlett.com 

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Book Signing & Sampling: Kathy Gunst's Soup Swap

When: Tuesday October 11, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

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Kathy Gunst will read from her new book, talk about the importance of sharing meals with family and friends and take your questions about her cookbooks, work on public radio and more. Gunst will share the ideas in her new book, Soup Swap, such as the traditions of soup and hosting soup swaps, a new model of entertaining where everyone brings a pot of soup to a party, and goes home with a variety of leftovers--  instead of being stuck with the same old pot of soup for the week. She'll also share some samples of the recipes found in her latest book.

Kathy Gunst is a James Beard Award winning journalist. She is the Resident Chef for NPR's Here and Now, heard on over 500 public radio stations. She is the author of 15 cookbooks and writes for the Washington Post, Eating Well, Yankee, and more. She lives in Southern Maine.

Find more at www.kathygunst.com

Members: $20
Non-Members: $30

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Overwintering Your Bees

 

When: Tuesday October 25, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank

If you eat food, then you need bees. As pollinators, bees bring us over 70 fruit and vegetable crops, and provide feed for our livestock industry. Yet, bees are dying at an alarming rate. Data from multi-year overwintering surveys of Massachusetts beekeepers now informs us of best practices. Learn what the research indicates is the best way to protect your bees through the dark months. 

Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. is a biologist, professor, NYTimes & LATimes contributor, two-time TEDx speaker, beekeeper, uncle, and author of The Bee: A Natural History published by Princeton University Press. Noah’s research focuses on bee immunology. Noah is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of The Best Bees Company, a beekeeping service that delivers, installs, and manages beehives for residential and commercial properties nation-wide. Proceeds from The Best Bees Company go toward research to improve bee health. This research is based out of the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Boston’s South End. More information at bestbees.com and beesanctuary.org.

Members: $12
Non-Members: $20

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Introduction to Mushroom Culture


UMass Stockbridge School Credited Course

When: Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day.


Where: Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

Learn the basics of mushroom cultivation including laboratory skills to grow mycelium, cultivation methods and medicinal value. Willie Crosby of Fungi Ally will teach this two day course.

Mass Hort is now Partnering the Stockbridge School at UMass to offer classes at The Gardens at Elm Bank for UMass credit!Part of the Sustainable Food and Farming Associate's Degree and the Certificate of Sustainable Food and Farming.

Class meets in Wellesley for two, full days:
Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13. 

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

1 credit through UMass Amherst 

$472 for Massachusetts Residents

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Herbal Cocktails

 

When: Thursday November 3, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank- Parkman Room

Jessyloo Rodrigues of Parcel Apothecary will demonstrate how to utilize tonic herbs at "sipping strength" to create cocktails that double as nourishment. Basic extract techniques and cocktail recipes will be shared, along with mini cocktail samples. Must be 21+

Jessyloo Rodridues, aka Dr. Gin Medicine Woman, manages the Pearl Farm in Providence: an urban herb farm. On organically managed city plot she grows and curates the Parcel Apothecary, an Herbal CSA and Coctail Farm.

Learn more at www.parcelapothecary.com.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Looking Ahead to Winter with David Epstein

 

 

When: Wednesday November 9, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Looking ahead to winter, what can people, plants, and pets expect over the next several months? After a dry summer will the weather turn cold and snowy or are we in for another easy winter? David Epstein from WBUR and Boston.com will look ahead and let us know what we might be in for, and share how you can best help your plants recover from the drought.

 

David Epstein has spent 30 years as a meteorologist. He was born in Portland, Maine, and studied meteorology at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont. He now teaches at Framingham State University and Colby College. He serves on Mass Hort's Board of Trustees, is a horticulturalist and founder of GrowingWisdom.

Member Cost: $20
Non Member Cost $30

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Herbs for the Holidays: the Science of Stuffing and Beyond

When: Thursday November 10, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Join us and learn about the historical uses of herbs in food preservation and the modern day understanding of their benefits for healthy living. Dr. Mohsen Meydani of Tufts University and John Forti, Mass Hort Director of Horticulture and Education, will use herbs from our gardens to present the beneficial uses of herbs and a hands-on component allows you to pot up a fresh herb plant to take home for the holidays! 

This lecture is the latest offering from the collaboration between Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging to bring news of the most current scientific research and how-to horticultural skills in regards to nutritional benefits of plants.

Members: $12
Non-Members: $20

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Apples of New England

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When: Tuesday November 15, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Please join apple historian and orchardist John Bunker for an entertaining history of New England’s iconic fruit. John will take us back 400 years to the first Massachusetts orchards, from the times when everyone made cider to the introduction of widespread grafting, from the era of the small self sufficient farm to the commodity orchards of today. He’ll tell us about the famous Massachusetts varieties, where they originated, how they disappeared and the recent efforts to rescue them.  

John grew up in Concord Mass and Palo Alto California. He’s lived in Palermo Maine for the past 45 years. There he farms and tends orchards with Cammy Watts. He has coordinated nursery sales at Fedco Trees since its beginning in 1984. He is active in the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and directs the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity. 

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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The Festive Table

 

When: Thursday November 17, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Betsy Williams teaches, lectures and writes about living with herbs and flowers. A life long gardener, herb grower and cook, Betsy trained as a florist in Boston and England. She combines her floral, gardening and cooking skills with an extensive knowledge of history, plant lore and seasonal celebrations. An entertaining lecturer, she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks and demonstrations.

She has presented at Monticello, The American Horticultural Society's Youth Symposium, the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival and International Herb Association as well as Colonial Williamsburg, the Ozark Folk Center and the New England, Rhode Island and Cincinnati Flower Shows.

Member Cost: $25
Non Member Cost $40

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Giving Tuesday: Bulb Planting

 

When: Tuesday November 29, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where:
The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Bring your friends and good will for our Giving Tuesday event! We'll have wine, music and cheer and everything you need to prepare two holiday bulb planters. Take one home, and we'll give the other to a resident at a nearby assisted living home. It's the perfect way to partake in Giving Tuesday!

Member Cost: $25
Non Member Cost $35

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Landscape Lighting


When: Tuesday December 6, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Joe Biagioni of Arbor Alliance will review the equipment available to stage your own landscape lighting. Homeowners can be quite successful with what is available on the market, and Joe will explain what is needed and how to use it in your landscape.

Joe Biagioni of Arbor Alliance in Douglas, MA is a senior arborist; he has worked in and around the tree business over 25 years. He has also taught courses for Clark University and Tower Hill, for local organizations, and for Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Winter Solstice Walk

When: Wednesday December 21, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Make the most of the shortest day of the year! Get outside, reflect on the beauty of winter, and take a walk along the Charles River. Mass Hort educator, Katie Folts, will lead a walk on the trails at Elm Bank, identify plants, and discuss how these plants have adapted to survive cold winters.

Katie Folts is Mass Hort's Education Manager and provides horticulture education to thousands of people every year with the Plantmobile program. She has led interpretive walks in New England, New York, Wisconsin, Oregon, Alaska and Antarctica. She holds a degree from the University of Vermont in Environmental Education and History, and worked for the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service prior to joining Mass Hort.

Mass Hort Members $12
Non-Members $20

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Mon Sep 26 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener
Wed Sep 28 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Floral Design for Beginners
Sun Oct 02 @10:00AM - 10:30AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Thu Oct 06 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Young Tree Care: Proper Planting and Pruning
Tue Oct 11 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Book Signing & Sampling: Kathy Gunst's Soup Swap
Wed Oct 12 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Introduction to Mushroom Culture
Thu Oct 20 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
117th Honorary Medals Dinner
Tue Oct 25 @ 1:00PM - 03:30PM
Overwintering Your Bees
Thu Nov 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Herbal Cocktails
Wed Nov 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Looking Ahead to Winter with David Epstein
Thu Nov 10 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Herbs for the Holidays: the Science of Stuffing and Beyond
Tue Nov 15 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Apples of New England
Thu Nov 17 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
The Festive Table
Tue Nov 29 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Giving Tuesday: Bulb Planting
Tue Dec 06 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Landscape Lighting