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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

Tue May 31 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Wed Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 02 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Tue Jun 07 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Wed Jun 08 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 09 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Thu Jun 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Early Summer Plant Walk: Wild, Weedy and Wonderful Herbs!
Sun Jun 12 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Wed Jun 15 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Sun Jun 19 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table

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

 

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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Early Summer Plant Walk, Wild, Weedy and Wonderful Herbs!

When: Thursday June 9, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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

Are you curious about the plants you see growing around you in your backyard or on city streets? Join us for a stroll around Mass Hort to learn how to identify common plants that have been used in traditional herbalism for centuries. Our outing will explore the medicinal and edible use of these local herbs, how to identify and harvest them, and ways to use them as foods or beverages. Many of these often-overlooked plants may surprise you with their health benefits! With Steph, you will collect plants along our walk and learn to prepare a simple herbal infusion.

Steph Zabel, MSc, is an herbalist and botanical educator based in Somerville, MA. For over a decade she has combined her passions for herbalism, education, and community outreach. She holds a Master’s degree in ethnobotany and began her professional career working in the botanical collections of the Harvard University Herbaria. Her current work focuses on teaching practical & inspiring herbal classes and offering dynamic wellness sessions. Steph is also the founder of HERBSTALK, Boston’s vibrant community herbal conference, through which she creates accessible educational opportunities for all plant enthusiasts. To learn more about Steph's work, visit her website

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

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Summer Sustainability

 

When: Saturday June 25, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Putnam Building at The Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Sustaining a school garden throughout the summer can be challenging but also offers a way to increase community and education for all! 

Join Hannah Traggis, Mass Hort's Seed to Table Educator, to explore the many ways to keep your gardens active and thriving, and prepare them for the next school year! Hannah will discuss garden maintenance, engaging summer help, community outreach, and use of summer-grown produce and other garden goods. Curriculum, guides and other materials will be provided.

Member Cost: $30
Non-Member Cost $45

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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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Pest Management for Gardeners

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When: Thursday July 14, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482


Walk the gardens with Sue Scheufele from the UMass Vegetable Extension Team and learn to identify common vegetable pests and discuss organic control options.

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

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Composting Basics

When: Tuesday July 26, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Putnam Building at The Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Join Hannah Traggis, Mass Hort's Seed to Table Educator, as we explore the many types of onsite composting we have here in The Gardens at Elm Bank! Learn how to easily integrate some form of composting in your home, school or community garden.

 

For those with school gardens and kids in your lives, you can also learn to use these systems to educate youth about environmental stewardship, resource conservation, ecology, and soil restoration. Hands-on curriculum will be provided for investigating compost piles, earthworms, and other soil microbes, decomposition processes, and how healthy, carbon-rich soil is related to the gobal carbon cycle.

Materials provided.

Member Cost: $30
Non-Member Cost $45

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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 logo newFounded 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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Pizza with a Purpose

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Support Mass Hort at California Pizza Kitchen Day
June 22.
When you dine at CPK on Linden Street, Wellesley
CPK donates 20% of your check to Mass Hort.

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Tue May 31 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Wed Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 02 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
A Twilight Garden Party
Thu Jun 02 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Landscape Plants Credited Course
Thu Jun 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Early Summer Plant Walk: Wild, Weedy and Wonderful Herbs!
Sun Jun 12 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Sat Jun 25 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Summer Sustainability
Wed Jun 29 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
The Ergonomics of Gardening
Wed Jul 13 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Color Gardens: Learn to Create Three-Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal
Thu Jul 14 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pest Management for Gardeners
Tue Jul 26 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Composting Basics
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