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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

Fri Aug 26 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Forests for Monarchs
Sun Aug 28 @12:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Thu Sep 08 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Not Your Grandmother's Hostas
Sun Sep 11 @10:00AM - 10:30AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Wed Sep 14 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations in Ink with Bruce Iverson
Thu Sep 15 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pruning Woody Plants
Sun Sep 18 @10:00AM - 10:30AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Sun Sep 18 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
On-Site Composting at School and in the Garden
Tue Sep 20 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery
Wed Sep 21 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener

Forests for Monarchs

 


When: Friday August 26, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

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

Jose Luis Alvarez is a Mexican tree nurseryman, who has for decades been growing trees for reforestation projects. In 1997, he created Forests For Monarchs (FFM) also known as La Cruz Habitat Protection Program (LCHPP), an innovative non-profit designed to restore the Monarch’s forest habitat and at the same time give indigenous people a desperately needed source of wood for cooking, heating and building houses.

Alvarez will discuss monarch evolution, migration and population changes. He will also review the science which led to the discovery of over-wintering grounds, and the effort to reforest them. The lecture will also bring this topic home as Alvarez addresses Monarch habitat issues in the US, and the work being done to stabilize the Monarch population.

Vermont Woods Studios and founder Peggy Farabaugh are excited to sponsor his tour and hope to see the Monarch’s winter and summer habitats be restored. Learn more about Vermont Woods Studios and Forests for Monarchs.

Lecture Fee:

$12/member  $20/non-member

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Not Your Grandmother's Hostas

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

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank

Hostas are the #1 selling perennial in the United States today. If you only grow 'The Green One' and 'The Green and White One' you are missing out on the huge variety of colors, sizes and shapes of today’s Hostas. This talk will help you identify some new plants that you will absolutely have to have, identify the best places to buy them and teach you how to make them look their best. 

Stephen Shaw retired from the Weston Public Schools in 2010 after 36 years as a teacher and principal. Steve joined the Massachusetts Master Gardeners in 2012, becoming a Lifetime Master Gardener in 2015. He currently is the Coordinator of the Master Gardener Training program for the MMGA. He has been gardening for over 40 years beginning by watching both Thalassa Cruso and Jim Crockett on PBS as a youngster. He has collected many different kinds of plants over that time including Lilacs, Peonies, Daylilies, Real Lilies, Snowdrops and, of course, Hosta. His one acre garden in Millbury, MA includes over 300 named varieties of Hosta, as well as a growing number of seedlings of his own creation.

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

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Meditations in Ink with Bruce Iverson

Asian Brush Painting: Chrysanthemum

 

When: Wednesday September 14, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Putnam Building

 

Students in this workshop will laern the art of Asian Brush Painting and focus on one of the "Four Gentlemen," the Chrysanthemum. The Chrysanthemum is the symbol of Autumn, loyalty and enduring friendship. Come learn to paint this noble flower of East! This workshop is for those interested in learning and using the traditional tools and techniques of Asian BrushPainting (aka "sumi-e" in Japan). Through step-by-step instructor demonstrations and hands-on brushpainting projects using the "Four Treasures" (bamboo brushes, handground ink, inkstone, and rice paper) you will explore this ancient and elegant art and leave class with two completed works. 

NO ART EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Against a backdrop of meditative music, this workshop is your doorway to the exciting yet contemplative world of Asian art!

Bruce Iverson is an artist who has specialized in Asian Brush Painting (sumi-e in Japan) since 1972 with master brush painters Jean Shen, Ning Yeh, and I-Hsiung Ju. He has exhibited in group and juried shows throughout the United States and has had several one-man shows in New England. He has traveled to China for a deeper understanding of the context of brush painting and is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association. His work is grounded in a three thousand year old tradition in which the tools, techniques and philosophy of this Asian art form have had a lifelong resonance. Additional information about Bruce can be found at his website www.iversonarts.com
 
Instructor will provide supplies.
Students must provide their own lunch and beverages.
  
Member Cost: $160
Non Member Cost $200

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Pruning Woody Plants

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When: Thursday September 15, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank

Learn about the science behind when, how and why to prune your woody plants. Learn to make the best use of your money by making good choices about which plants can be pruned by a home gardener, and which require the services of a professional.

Gretel Anspach is a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a Lifetime Master Gardener, education coordinator for the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association and a recently-retired systems engineer for Raytheon. Gretel helped to establish and maintain two food production gardens that have provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for the last five years. 

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

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On-Site Composting at School and in the Garden

When: Sunday September 18, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Gardens at Elm Bank - Putnam Building

Learn how to compost at school with students as an educational activity and turn garden and kitchen scraps into “black gold” for your school gardens.

Join Ann McGovern of MassDEP and Hannah Traggis, MassHort’s Seed to Table Educator, in the garden at Elm Bank for a hands on workshop on setting up and using compost bins available from MassDEP’s Green Team and how to build larger bins for your school. We’ll also demonstrate indoor composting with earthworms, for classroom composting. Worms provided (free) to participants.

Member Cost: $30
Non Member Cost $45

 

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Tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery


When: Tuesday September 20, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Where: Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Join Dave Barnett, President & CEO of Mount Auburn, for a walking tour of the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery. Discover the stories behind the design and plantings of the cemetery, as well as its connections with Mass Hort.

Dave Barnett came to Mount Auburn in 1993 as the Director of Horticulture. He was appointed President & CEO on September 10, 2008. Dave was President of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) from 2007 to 2009 and served on the APGA Board for a total of nine years. He was Chair of the Host Committee for the 2003 APGA Annual Conference held in Boston. He is currently President of the Horticultural Club of Boston.

Dave received his B.S. in Environmental Horticulture, summa cum laude, from the University of Connecticut; and an M.S. in Environmental Horticulture and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis. Prior to coming to Mount Auburn, he served for eight years as Assistant Director at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Botany for the Home Gardener

 

When: Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM
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Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 8:30 PM

 

Where: Cheney Room of the Education Building

Plants are fascinating inside and out! In this four-session course, discover the essential fundamentals of botany that will deepen your understanding of the plant kingdom including your own house and garden plants.

Join Hannah Traggis, Seed to Table Educator and former botany instructor at the University of New Hampshire to explore plant structure and function, taxonomy and the interactions of plants and man since the dawn of civilization.  

Member Cost: $150
Non Member Cost $200

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Northeast Region Perennial Plant Symposium

September 23, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mass Hort’s Gardens at Elm Bank

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Presented by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society &
the Perennial Plant Association

The Perennial Plant Association connects professionals, provides education, and promotes perennial plants. Their regional symposium is open to all levels of gardeners and professionals. This year’s symposium includes six presentations led by some of the perennial industry's best.

Presenters to be announced shortly.

Register before September 16: $99
Register on or after September 16: $109

Price includes lunch, must pre-register

 

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Fri Aug 26 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Forests for Monarchs
Sun Aug 28 @12:00AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Thu Sep 08 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Not Your Grandmother's Hostas
Sun Sep 11 @10:00AM - 10:30AM
Sunday with Seed to Table
Wed Sep 14 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations in Ink with Bruce Iverson
Thu Sep 15 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pruning Woody Plants
Sun Sep 18 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
On-Site Composting at School and in the Garden
Tue Sep 20 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery
Wed Sep 21 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener
Fri Sep 23 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Northeast Region Perennial Plant Association Symposium
Wed Sep 28 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Floral Design for Beginners
Wed Oct 26 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Floral Design for Beginners