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Adult Education

on 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

Thu Feb 23 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
School Garden Conference: Beyond Education
Tue Feb 28 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Historic Landscapes: Creating a Sense of Time and Place
Thu Mar 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Garden Reckoning: Looking Back and Planning Forward
Tue Mar 14 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Permaculture and the Beginner's Mind

Mass Hort's School Garden Conference: Beyond Education

When: Thursday February 23, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: Hunnewell Building

Our third annual school garden conference will feature workshops that explore regional best practices for planning and running a garden that will not only meet educational goals, but also provide opportunities for a diverse student body, and make connections within the school community and beyond.

A variety of workshops will support interested parents and volunteers, teachers and administrators—those who have established gardens and those just breaking ground.

Together, with your help, we hope to cultivate garden spaces
that will enrich every community!  

Registration Cost:
Member Registration (members of Mass Hort and co-sponsoring organizations): $45
Non-Member Registration: $60
Students: $25 (contact Katie 617-933-4973 or Hannah 617-933-4943 for discount code, supply is limited)

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Space is limited, please register early!

Cost of registration includes lunch. 

Blizzard Date: February 24

Historic Landscapes: Creating a Sense of Time and Place

When: Tuesday February 28, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

An illustrated talk that brings to life the unique and living history of plants that have a defining presence in our region. For those interested in gardens that inspire a sense of time and place, this talk will foster a better understanding of the most tried and true plants and our role in their preservation.

John Forti is a nationally recognized lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist and garden writer. He is the Director of Horticulture for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. John co-founded and served as the board chair for Slow Food Seacoast. He serves on the bio-diversity committee for Slow Food USA and is the governor for Slow Food chapters throughout the state of Massachusetts. He also serves as chair of the board for the Herb Society of America’s New England Unit, and won the 2014 Award for Excellence in Horticulture from the national office. 

Members: $12
Non-Members: $20

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A Garden Reckoning: Looking Back and Planning Forward

When: Thursday March 9, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Can you grow the plants you want, where you want? Join us for this introduction to basic garden/yard site analysis. M.L. Altobelli will review the questions you need to ask yourself in order to make good gardening decisions. We’ll use seed catalogs and other resources to help you figure out what kinds of plants will work best for you. This is a great early step in planning your garden, for either ornamentals or vegetables. 

For over 20 years M.L. Altobelli has been creating and maintaining fine gardens--garden design, installation, maintenance, soil amending and building, and pruning. She brings a strong commitment to creating sustainable soils for healthy people, flowers, trees and grass to all her sites. Learn more at www.greeneryinmotion.com.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Permaculture and the Beginner's Mind

 

When: Tuesday March 14, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Kent Byron will review his permaculture practices used on Grace Note Farm, his 11-acre homestead in Petersham. Permaculture is based on the premise that food production can mirror living regenerative systems in nature, like the forest.

Come learn how he has incorporated these methods into his landscape, and approachable steps to you can take in your own landscape. Thinking in systems can be complex but very stimulating for the brain, and very rewarding.

Kent Byron has been an avid organic gardener for 30+ years and has practiced permaculture for 10 years. His approach is to experiment and try things, and for inspiration, read books and learn from friends. There are successes and failures, both of which create lessons he can share.  

Members: $12
Non-Members: $20

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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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Thu Feb 23 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
School Garden Conference: Beyond Education
Tue Feb 28 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Historic Landscapes: Creating a Sense of Time and Place
Thu Mar 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Garden Reckoning: Looking Back and Planning Forward
Tue Mar 14 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Permaculture and the Beginner's Mind