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Adult Education

Providing horticulture education for aspiring gardeners is a large part of the mission for the Massachusetts Horticulture Society. We offer an array of gardening workshops, courses and lectures throughout the year that cover a wide variety of gardening topics and interests. Below is the list of upcoming classes.

The Right-Size Flower Garden: Book Signing with Kerry Ann Mendez

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 05:30pm - 08:00pm

In the instance of extreme weather conditions, the snow date for this event will be February 25, 5:30-8pm.

Please join us for a presentation and book signing celebrating "The Right-Size Flower Garden," the newest book from top-selling author Kerry Ann Mendez.

Kerry Ann Mendez will speak on the subject of her new book, "The Right-Size Flower Garden: Simplify Your Outdoor Space with Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices." Change Happens. Many still dream of 'Better Homes and Gardens' landscapes but reality has muddied the picture. Job demands, kids, money, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to nightmare gardens. Time for some editing. This inspiring lecture provides easy-to-follow right-sizing strategies, recommended no-fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning year round gardens that will be as close to 'autopilot' as you can get.

Kerry Ann Mendez is dedicated to teaching the art of low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping. As a garden consultant, designer, writer and lecturer, she focuses on time-saving gardening techniques and workshorse plant material as well as organic practices. She has been in numerous magazines, a featured guest on HGTV and local garden segments, and was the recipient of Mass Hort's 2014 Gold Medal of Honor for outstanding service to the field of horticulture. For more about Kerry and her business, Perennially Yours,

5:30 Wine and Cheese Reception                                                                      
6:30 Presentation to be followed by Book Signing

Books will be for sale at this event

Event Fee: Mass Hort Members $15,  Non-Members $20

In the Kitchen Garden with Tim Wilcox of The Kitchen Garden Farm


Location : 
Hunnewell Carriage House, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 
Contact : 617-933-4973 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hands on Hort

We all have different learning styles. In this year round program of hands on workshops Mass Hort is looking to support those individuals who enjoy the “Learn by Doing” model of education. Throughout the year we will provide a variety of workshops across the spectrum of horticulture. Our goal is offer you the opportunity to learn and do in a professional setting from leaders and experts in the horticultural world.

Click here to see a schedule and descriptions of the lectures.

Read more: Hands on Hort

Art in the Garden

Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) have joined forces to offer you an exciting new way to appreciate the beauty of Elm Bank. From May through October, the gardens will provide the inspiration for a series of watercolor workshops taught by award winning professional artists of NEWS. Each instructor, demonstrating their unique style and technique, will take you through the elements that go into creating a painting. Whether you are an experienced artist seeking new inspiration or have longed to try watercolor for the first time, choose a workshop to suit your needs and take advantage of this perfect opportunity to express the beauty of Elm Bank through watercolor.

Click here to see a schedule and descriptions of the classes. 

About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Massachusetts Horticultural Society LogoFounded 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.

2015 Calendar & Courses

Mass Hort Calendar Courses 2015

Mass Hort Classes & Events

Sat Mar 28 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Build Your Own Cold Frame
Wed Apr 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Sustainable Landscapes For Life
Tue Apr 07 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Thu Apr 16 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Color Gardens: Beautiful Perennial Combinations for Spring through Frost
Thu Apr 23 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Improving Your Garden Soil Sustainably: Get the Most Out of Your Plants
Thu Apr 30 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Passing Along the Passion: Sowing the Seeds for Lifelong Horticultural Appreciation
Thu May 07 @ 7:30PM - 08:00PM
Super Fruits
Thu May 14 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
What do I do NOW? (for my vegetable garden)
Sat May 16 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
Gardeners' Fair at Elm Bank
Sat May 30 @ 9:00AM - 01:00PM
Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels
Sat May 30 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Botanical Art for Beginners
Tue Jun 02 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
Garden to Table's Spring Dinner in the Crockett Garden
Thu Jun 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Ecology of the Garden
Sat Jun 06 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Farming Exhibits of the Smithsonian
Thu Jun 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Spring Foraging Walk and Talk With Russ Cohen