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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

Thu Aug 20 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
The Art of Growing Food with Ellen Ogden
Thu Aug 27 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Tour the Trial Garden
Sat Aug 29 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Bressingham Basics
Tue Sep 08 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Sat Sep 12 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Introduction to Italianate Gardens
Sat Sep 12 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Wed Sep 16 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot
Sat Sep 26 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Sun Sep 27 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Culture of the Gardens in the Italian Renaissance
Wed Sep 30 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Beginning Floral Design at Mass Hort 2015
Thu Oct 22 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Herbal Gifts with Steph Zabel
Thu Nov 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Concocting Cordials with Steph Zabel
Thu Nov 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Concocting Cordials with Steph Zabel
Wed Nov 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Cooking from the Garden with Alana Chernila
Fri Nov 27 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees