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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.

Thursday Night at the Hort

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In this annual lecture series, a different expert each week will offer a presentation sure to please the armchair gardener to the Master Gardener. Topics range across the horticultural spectrum from soil to seeds to gardens and everything associated with them.  

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

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.

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. 

Massachusetts Master Gardener training program

Mass Hort also hosts the Massachusetts Master Gardener Associations Master Gardener Training Program. To learn more about this course and the Association please visit the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association website.

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.

Calendar & Courses

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Wed Jul 30 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Art in the Garden: Floral Portraits, Up Close and Personal
Wed Jul 30 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Perennial & Shrub Planting Design for Seasonal Color
Thu Jul 31 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Hostas: Always Room for One More
Thu Aug 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Garden Herbs and Spices for Home Brewing
Fri Aug 08 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
The Joy of Gardening without the Agony of Defeat
Sat Aug 16 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations In Ink: Introduction to Asian Brush Painting
Sat Aug 16 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Growing Your Own Arrangements
Thu Aug 21 @11:30AM - 01:00PM
Tea Blending Basics with Steph Zabel
Thu Aug 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Architectural Plants
Tue Sep 09 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Art in the Garden: September in the Gardens
Tue Sep 09 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Wed Sep 10 @ 1:00PM - 03:30PM
Infusing Your Life with Herbs
Sun Sep 14 @ 4:00PM - 07:00PM
Get into the Spirit!
Wed Sep 17 @ 7:00AM - 10:00PM
A Day in Support of the Garden to Table Program
Tue Sep 23 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Essence of Autumn