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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 Apr 25 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Bees in Springtime
Tue Apr 25 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Thu Apr 27 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Preparing the Garden for Spring and Summer
Thu May 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Camel's Garden
Sun May 07 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Early Season Gardening Workshop
Tue May 09 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
New England Wildflowers
Thu May 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Tried and True Techniques for a Successful Vegetable Garden
Sun May 21 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Share the Love: Dividing Perennials Workshop
Thu May 25 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Tour: The Rose Kennedy Greenway
Thu Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pollinator-friendly Gardens and Landscapes

Fundamentals of Landscape Design - Spring 2017

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

This six session course in landscape design is directed to the do-it-yourself home gardener who would like to design their own garden space. Mark Ahronian of Ahronian Landscaping and Design will lead you through all the steps of designing your chosen space, he'll even lead field trips to a nursery and one of his own completed designs. Each participant will leave the class with a complete design of their own making.

Course is $340 for members, $390 for non-members

Course meets Tuesday evenings, March 28 - April 25 6:30-8:30pm (NO CLASS April 18), and two Saturday mornings, April 8 and April 22 10am-noon.

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SPACE IS LIMITED

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Bees in Springtime

When: Tuesday April 25, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Bees pollinate dozens of plants that bloom in the springtime, so now is the time to set up beehives in gardens, on rooftops, at home or even at work. Engage with bee expert Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. and a beekeepers from The Best Bees Company to learn how to set up habitat in springtime with bees in mind.

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.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Preparing the Garden for Spring & Summer

When: Thursday April 27, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Spring is a busy time of year and often essential chorse get lost in the craziness. In this talk, Charlie Nardozzi will walk us through, step by step, plant by plant, the various gardening chores that should be done and how to do them. From pruning to dividing, planting to lawn care, Charlie will make sure you have a list of tasks to take home.

His latest book, New England Month by Month Gardening, released in 2016, will be on hand for sales and signing. 

Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 25 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. Learn more about Charlie at www.GardeningWithCharlie.com.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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A Camel's Garden

 

When: Thursday May 4, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

When the dog days of summer hit, many of us are faced with water bans that limit our ability to water our lush gardens. We find ourselves carefully monitoring the water level in rain barrels and hoping for the next rainfall. What if we started to incorporate plants that just need less water? In this lecture, I will share the effects of drought on woody plants and describe plant adaptations for dealing with drought. Most importantly, I will introduce you to a new palette of plant material that will decrease your water use while increasing species diversity and beauty in your home landscape.

Jen Kettell worked as a horticulturist at the Arnold Arboretum for more than a decade. She is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist and an ISA Certified Arborist®. For five years (2008-2013), she served on the Executive Board of the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Along with three other women, she was also one of the founding sisters and acted as the event coordinator for the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop (2009-2011). Learn more about Jen at www.JenKettell.com

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Early Season Gardening Workshop

 

When: Sunday May 7, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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

Get an early start on implementing a successful growing season! Hannah Traggis will lead this hands-on workshop, covering essential vegetable gardening skills such as handling and transplanting young seedlings and proper weed management. Consideration will be given to spring garden and soil preparations, early spring and summer cover cropping and mulching options, and planning ahead for succession planting and extended vegetable 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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New England Wildflowers

When: Tuesday May 9, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

This program will feature wildflowers of New England! Ted Elliman, author of Wildflowers of New England, will highlight the common and rare spring-flowering plants that will be in bloom (or almost) in woods and fields at the time of the talk. Following an indoor presentation showcasing this flora, we will hike the trails of the Elm Bank reservation, viewing and identifying the wildflowers along the way.

Ted Elliman has been engaged in botanical work in New England and other northeastern states for over 30 years. He currently works as a plant ecologist for the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he conducts botanical inventories, does natural community surveys, and supervises invasive species control programs.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Tried and True Techniques for a Successful Vegetable Garden

When: Thursday May 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Vegetable gardeners of the 21st century can profit from the techniques practiced by 19th century gardeners. This workshop will explore traditional kitchen garden designs and cultivation techniques that promote effective use of space, better crop production and healthier plants. Christie Higginbottom will highlight garden practices valuable for today’s family kitchen garden such as crop rotation, bed preparation, inter-planting and succession sowing, and creating homemade tools. Learn how to start seedlings in a garden frame, and support tomatoes and beans with attractive trellising and staking. Glean tips for harvesting and curing winter storage crops, and more.

Christie Higginbottom has worked as a costumed interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village since 1981. From 1984 to 2004 she coordinated the historic horticulture program researching, planning and planting the re-created kitchen and flower gardens at the museum’s historic households. She also supervised the Village’s Herb Garden collection, a garden exhibiting over 300 varieties of historic herbs. Now retired, she continues to work in costume part-time – most often in the gardens, and to present garden programs for the Village. She also writes and consults on historic gardens and their interpretation, antique plants, and herb use; and she lectures at museums and historic sites, garden clubs, historical societies, colleges and libraries.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Share the Love: Dividing Perennials Workshop

When: Sunday May 21, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Putnam Building

Making room in your garden for your favorite perennials to thrive always leaves you with something to share with friends or start a new garden elsewhere! In this hands-on workshop, led by Mass Hort Seed to Table Educator Hannah Traggis we will explore the ins and outs of dividing up and rejuvenating older perennial plants. Get your hands dirty as you learn how to divide perennials such as hosta, daylily, and various herbs such as thyme and chive. Take a little love, and a couple of new plants, home with you from Mass Hort!

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: $15 General Admission: $25

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Tour: The Rose Kennedy Greenway

When: Thursday May 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: The Rose Kennedy Greenway - Boston

Join us for a 1.5 mile walk through the Rose Kennedy Greenway led by Jesse Brackenbury, Executive Director of the Greenway. Jesse will discuss many of the Greenway's features, including its horticulture, history (such as Mass Hort's involvement), programs, public art, and more!

Pre-registration required.

Members: $15
General Admission: $22

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Pollinator-friendly Gardens and Landscapes

When: Thursday June 1, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Bees and other beneficial insects are all the buzz these days -  and for good reason. Pollinator populations are crashing both locally and worldwide, yet these small forms of wildlife are vital to food production, pest control, and environmental stability. With just a few changes in your property management, you can help support and maintain a diversity of pollinator and beneficial insect species in your backyard or farm. Learn to identify the good - and bad - bugs flying around your gardens, and at the same time welcome a whole new dimension to your enjoyment of gardening and nature.

Ellen Sousa is an author, garden coach and designer from Turkey Hill Brook Farm, a habitat farm and native plant nursery in Spencer, MA. Since 2007, Ellen has worked with homeowners, landowners and non-profit organizations to design and manage landscapes that support food production and local biodiversity. She is the author of the book The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting & Maintaining the Eco-friendly Habitat Garden

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Summer Sustainability

 
When: Sunday June 4, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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

Sustaining a school garden throughout the summer can be challenging but also offers a way to increase community and broader educational opportunities for all involved! Join us to explore the many ways to keep your gardens active and thriving and poised to serve educational needs during the following school year. Topics covered will be garden maintenance, planning ahead for the fall, engaging summer help, community outreach and use of summer-grown produce and other garden goods. Curriculum, guides and other materials will be provided.

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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Hands-On Floral Design

When: Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 PM - June 7, 14, 21

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Cheney Room of the Education Building

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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Ecological Gardening

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

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Too often, common gardening practices harm rather than build healthy ecosystems. Learn how to garden like an eco-champion using sustainable gardening practices that will make your garden a safe haven for both people and plants.

Mark Richardson is New England Wild Flower Society’s Horticulture Director. He oversees the Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. Mark studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. Learn more at www.NewEnglandWild.org.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Permaculture Design

When: Tuesdays 6:00 to 8:00 PM
July 18  through August 8, 2017

Where: Cheney Room of the Education Building
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

In this seven-session tutorial course Marie Stella, instructor, permaculturist and landscape designer, will will introduce you to the principles and application of permaculture—a natural, ecological, and organic approach to land management and landscape design. 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 18-August 8 at The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA.

For Credit, register at www.umassulearn.net.
$482/in-state
$691/out-of-state

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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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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2017 Calendar & Courses

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Tue Apr 25 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Bees in Springtime
Tue Apr 25 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Thu Apr 27 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Preparing the Garden for Spring and Summer
Thu May 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Camel's Garden
Sun May 07 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Early Season Gardening Workshop
Tue May 09 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
New England Wildflowers
Sat May 13 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
The Gardeners' Fair and Plant Sale
Thu May 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Tried and True Techniques for a Successful Vegetable Garden
Sun May 21 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Share the Love: Dividing Perennials Workshop
Thu May 25 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Tour: The Rose Kennedy Greenway
Thu Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pollinator-friendly Gardens and Landscapes
Sun Jun 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Summer Sustainability
Wed Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 08 @ 7:00AM - 08:30PM
Ecological Gardening
Thu Jun 15 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
Second Annual Garden Party Benefit