As I look out the window in my office, I see the trees leafing out and along the walks, I see the daffodils and tulips bursting into bloom. You and I know what is coming next: the annual succession of colors, textures, and perfumes that well-tended gardens bless us with, and the similar succession of peas, carrots, lettuces, and tomatoes that grace our tables.
You have surely been in your garden for weeks now, and a major part of our mission is to help you realize your garden goals. Our lecture series, Thursday Night at the Hort, Garden to Table, and workshops offer expertise advice to help you in the garden. Note your calendar for The Gardener’s Fair on May 18. White Flower Farm will be here again with its great “Tomato Celebration” with over 75 varieties of tomatoes and thousands of plants.
But our mission is much broader. With your support, we are introducing horticulture to a new generation of gardeners with our kids’ programs, and making sure that our gardens here at Elm Bank get better and better for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
I hope you share my pride and delight at the rapt expression on kids’ faces when they play and explore Weezie’s Garden, or get their fingers dirty at Caterpillar Club. And our new Garden Classroom Program is reaching out to communities in Boston and beyond, partnering with schools to design, install, and consult on age appropriate gardens.
The Plantmobile is reaching thousands of children through community outreach events and visits to schools. To keep our programs compelling and meeting State Education standards, we must continually update their relevance. All these activities are made possible with your generous support.
Mass Hort needs your support to continue to deliver our mission and care for our beautiful gardens at Elm Bank. Your donation today will help us enhance your gardening experience, and help us introduce that experience to many others. Thanks for helping to keep Mass Hort strong and effective!
Katherine K. Macdonald