This week at The Gardens at Elm Bank

daffodils1549.jpg

Membership - Come. Learn. Grow

entry-garden-small.jpg

Weddings & Functions at the Gardens at Elm Bank

wedding-at-elm-bank.jpg

Latest Mass Hort Events

Wed, Apr 23rd, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Creating Chocolate From The Garden
Thu, Apr 24th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Spring Care of Trees and Shrubs
Thu, May 1st, @11:30am - 01:00PM
Spring Greens with Community Herbalist Steph Zabel
Thu, May 1st, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Home Composting Network
Fri, May 2nd, @9:30am - 10:45AM
Yoga in the Garden
Sat, May 3rd, @10:00am - 11:30AM
Mushroom Walk and Talk
Thu, May 8th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening
Mon, May 12th, @8:00am - 01:00PM
Flower and Macro Photography
Thu, May 15th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Pots with Pizzazz!
Wed, May 21st, @10:00am - 03:00PM
Art in the Garden: Line Resist with Watercolor
Wed, May 28th, @11:30am - 01:00PM
Spring Lunch Celebration in the Garden
Fri, May 30th, @9:30am - 10:45PM
Yoga in the Garden
Wed, Jun 11th, @10:00am - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Summer Splendor Watermedia
Tue, Jun 24th, @10:00am - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Impressions of the Garden En Plein Air
Tue, Jul 8th, @10:00am - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Capturing the Landscape and Architecture in the Garden with Watercolor
Wed, Jul 16th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Art in the Garden: Garden Landscapes
Thu, Aug 21st, @11:30pm - 01:00PM
Tea Blending Basics with Steph Zabel
Wed, Sep 10th, @1:00pm - 03:30PM
Infusing Your Life with Herbs
Sun, Sep 14th
Get into the Spirit!
Wed, Sep 17th
A Day in Support of the Garden to Table Program
Wed, Oct 1st, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Learn Floral Design for Flower Show Competitions

Friends of Mass Hort Events

Sun, Jun 8th, @1:30pm - 03:30PM
South Natick Garden Tour
Archived Press Releases
Weston Nurseries Teams with Mass Hort for New Membership Benefit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2012 . Wellesley, MA Massachusetts Horticultural Society in partnership with Weston Nurseries will introduce a new membership benefit at the Boston Flower and Garden Show. Beginning on March 14, 2012, new and renewing members will receive an additional benefit from Weston Nurseries: a $25 gift certificate redeemable at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton and Chelmsford.

Membership in the Massachusetts Horticultural Society helps to support the work of the Society and its public gardens at Elm Bank. Benefits include flower show ticket (s), a $25.00 gift certificate to White Flower Farm (redeemable online, via telephone, or at the store), 10 percent discount at over 70 Massachusetts nurseries, partner program with local public gardens, twelve issues of our online newsletter, Leaflet, and two magazine subscriptions: Organic Gardening and Garden Design

"Weston Nurseries is very pleased to partner with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society to the benefit of new members and those members who renew their memberships." said Peter Mezit, President of Weston Nurseries. "Many people who are members of Mass Hort are similar to our customers. They are very interested in plants and horticulture and want to learn more. Mass Hort members who shop with us tell us that they come here for the variety, selection, size, and knowledge of plant material. By offering a $25 gift certificate, we will make an even stronger connection with their membership and give members a great experience when they come here."

"Mass Hort is very excited to partner with Weston Nurseries and offer an additional benefit to our members, noted Katherine Macdonald, President of Mass Hort, "We encourage our members to shop with nurseries that have the horticultural expertise to help with our mission of educating people about plants and the environment."

About Weston Nurseries
Weston Nurseries is located 25 miles west of Boston at 93 East Main Street (Route 135) in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Since 1923, they have been known by homeowners and trade professionals for their exceptional trees, shrubs, and perennials, including their own introductions of azaleas and rhododendrons. Their staff offers sound horticultural advice and landscape design to help our customers beautify their landscape, enhance their lifestyle, and increase the value of their home. Last year, they opened a second garden center on 160 Pine Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA.


About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment. We deliver our mission in exhibit halls, the class room, and the Gardens at Elm Bank.

Located on 36 acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation, our horticultural education center provides a place where people of all backgrounds can come together for inspiration and education. Our public gardens, The Gardens at Elm Bank, are a place of beauty, discovery, quiet reflection, and appreciation of garden design. Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a 501 ( c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

Contact: Katherine Macdonald , President, Massachusetts Horticultural Society,
office: 617-933-4955, cell: 781-248-4585, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Peter Mezitt, President, Weston Nurseries, Inc.,ph: 508 293 8026,
cell: 508 962 8999, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Mass Hort at the 2012 Flower Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2012 . Wellesley, MA Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Exhibit at the Boston Flower and Garden show is designed to educate both adults and children.

GARDEN EXHIBIT: AT HOME WITH HORTICULTURE

Our garden exhibit will delight homeowners with garden and plant ideas to increase their home's "curb appeal" as demonstrated with our Townhouse Garden. A sample of plantings, includes: Ilex crenata 'Drops of Gold' Japanese Holly, Picea pungens 'R H Montgomery' Colorado Blue Spruce, Picea pungens 'Prostrate' Weeping Blue Colorado Spruce, Prunus persica 'Arctic Glo' Arctic Glo Nectarina, and many more trees, shrubs, and flowers to view.

CHILDREN'S CORNER- FLOWER SHOW SCAVENGER HUNT

At Mass Hort's Children's Corner we exhibit ways to engage children in activities in the garden to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the environment. Mass Hort is offering a Flower Show Scavenger Hunt to encourage children to have fun while learning about plants at the show. Children can pick it up the scavenger hunt flyer at our exhibit (or get it online prior to coming to the show at http://www.masshort.org/pdfs/Young%20Scavenger%20Hunt.pdf ).

NEW MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT WITH WESTON NURSERIES

At the show, Mass Hort announced a new partnership with Weston Nurseries and a new membership benefit at the Boston Flower and Garden Show. Beginning on March 14, 2012, new and renewing members will receive an additional benefit from Weston Nurseries: a $25 gift certificate redeemable at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton and Chelmsford.

Membership in the Massachusetts Horticultural Society helps to support the work of the Society and its public gardens at Elm Bank. Benefits include flower show ticket (s), a $25.00 gift certificate to White Flower Farm (redeemable online, via telephone, or at the store), a 10 percent discount at over 70 Massachusetts nurseries, a partner program with local public gardens, twelve issues of our online newsletter, Leaflet, and two magazine subscriptions: Organic Gardening and Garden Design.

INTRODUCING NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR PLANT LABELS AT THE SHOW

Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Exhibit at the Boston Flower and Garden Show will demonstrate QR technology (Quick Response) to help educate people about plants and their care. Mass Hort has partnered with Hortycodes of Cincinnati to use Smartphone technology and QR codes to help people learn more about the plants they are viewing when they visit our display gardens at Elm Bank in Dover, MA.

Hortycodes™ is a mobile content solution that helps botanical gardens, arboreta and even municipal parks provide visitors with a tool to learn more about plants while helping to supports the green industry.

Hortycodes™ connects patrons to rich horticultural information in multiple languages via QR code labels. The garden visitors scans the plant label QR Code with their Smartphone to learn the plant's Genus, species, cultivar, and common name. An audio link helps the patron pronounce the Latin name. Plant cultivation information is listed, including zone, sun, watering, height, width, and foliage spread. Additionally, people will be able to learn where they can purchase the specific plant.

About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment. We deliver our mission in exhibit halls, the class room, and the Gardens at Elm Bank.

Located on 36 acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation, our horticultural education center provides a place where people of all backgrounds can come together for inspiration and education. Our public gardens, The Gardens at Elm Bank, are a place of beauty, discovery, quiet reflection, and appreciation of garden design. Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a 501 ( c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

Contact: Katherine Macdonald 781-248-4585, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Mass Hort Demonstrates Hortycodes QR Technology at the Flower Show

Contact: Katherine Macdonald 781-248-4585

March 13, 2012. Wellesley, MA Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Exhibit at the Boston Flower and Garden Show will demonstrate QR technology (Quick Response) to help educate people about plants and their care. Mass Hort has partnered with Hortycodes of Cincinnati to use Smartphone technology and QR codes to help people learn more about the plants they are viewing when they visit our display gardens at Elm Bank in Dover, MA.

The Boston Flower and Garden Show takes place March 14-18 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Press day is March 13, 2012 3-5pm.

Hortycodes™ is a mobile content solution that helps botanical gardens, arboreta and even municipal parks promote the green industry and boost revenue by giving visitors the best experience possible.

Hortycodes™ connects patrons to rich horticultural information in multiple languages via QR code labels and also offers powerful & exciting money-making features: Administrators can track scans, include coupons and ads; and link to local nurseries with their powerful Nursery Connect™ service.

Hortycodes™ is a group of six expert programmers and gardening enthusiasts based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Clients include the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; the Royal Botanic Gardens - Cranbourne; the City of Malibu, CA; Westin Hotels; the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and more.

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

Located on 36 acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation, our horticultural education center provides a place where people of all backgrounds can come together for inspiration and education. Our public gardens are a place of beauty, discovery, quiet reflection, and appreciation of garden design. Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a 501 ( c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

 
Wellesley Farmers' Market to Open May 3, 2012

The Wellesley Farmers' Market is a program of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and funded by a grant from Wellesley Plaza.

Wellesley, MA, February 1, 2012 A team of experienced town residents and Wellesley's Sustainable Energy Coordinator have partnered with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society to create a farmers' market in the center of Wellesley that aims to develop a more sustainable community by supporting local agriculture while providing an enticing community based market experience.

The Wellesley Farmers' Market will be a three season, centrally located market that brings together diverse local vendors in a vibrant, outdoor community setting. This long-awaited market will be opening on May 3rd at 442 Washington St (Rte 16), the parking area at Whole Foods Market, and running every Thursday from 2:00 - 6:00 pm from May 3 - November 15.

The Market will be run as a project of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, with town volunteers on the Steering Committee, thanks to a generous grant from Wellesley Plaza, managed by Gravestar, Inc. and the support of Whole Foods Markets.

"We are pleased to support The Wellesley Farmers' Market in its goal to contribute to the success of local food growers and producers and serve the community," said Carole Montgomery, Senior Manager, Property Management for Gravestar, Inc.

"Since Whole Foods Markets got approval to have a farmers' market at the Annual Town Meeting in 2010, a great deal of thought and strategy has gone on to launch this exciting community project," said Lee B. Kane, EcoCzar/Forager of Whole Foods Market, North Atlantic Region.

Since then, a group of volunteers have worked with Molly Fairchild, Wellesley's Sustainable Energy Coordinator to develop the Market, meet town regulations and coordinate programs with the Health Department, the Council on Aging and the Food Pantry.

"This is an incredible community resource that educates and celebrates seasonal, local, sustainably grown foods." Molly Fairchild said.

Visitors to the market will enjoy specialty crops from local farms as well as other organic products at the 12 stalls.

"The Farmers' Market program takes us back to the roots of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society," said Katherine K. Macdonald, Society President.

"The Society was founded in 1829 by a group of Bostonians who wanted to improve the quality of fruits and vegetables available in the market stalls in Boston. Today Mass Hort continues this mission by supporting the local food movement through programs like Garden to Table, providing culinary education and inspiration for the community," she said, adding, "We are pleased to align our mission with Wellesley's focus on sustainability."

Opportunities to volunteer at the Farmers' Market on market day and behind the scenes are available. Please contact John Spencer at 617-933-4916 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Click here for more information

 
Katherine Macdonald Named New Executive Director of Mass Hort

January 6th, 2011

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society announced today that it has named Katherine K. Macdonald as the organization’s new executive director. Ms. Macdonald brings a wealth of experience to her new position, including both public company and not-for-profit management experience. Macdonald was President of KMAC Marketing and, prior to that, was Vice President of Marketing for Thompson Island Outward Bound, a non-profit focused on experiential education.

“We are thrilled. Kathy is a talented strategist with experience in both the non-profit and for- profit sectors. She has a proven track record of being able to transform mission and vision into actions,” said Betsy Ridge Madsen, President of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. “Mass Hort has moved through some challenging times to achieve institutional stability. Because of her combination of business acumen and non-profit spirit, we are confident that Kathy’s leadership will successfully drive and expand the organization’s educational mission.”

Ms. Macdonald spent six years as Vice President of Marketing for Thompson Island Outward Bound, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing experiential education to Boston-area youth. She was responsible for generating $3 million of annual revenue that supported Thompson Island’s core mission. She also helped develop an environmental program that combined Outward Bound’s philosophy with environmental studies, to encourage teambuilding and environmental stewardship. Her business career spans more than twenty five years, and includes entrepreneurship, technology start ups, the Xerox Corporation, the hospitality industry, and non profits. Most recently, she was president of KMAC Marketing, which provides strategic planning and marketing assistance to profit- and not-for-profit organizations.

“I see an extraordinary opportunity to leverage the turnaround that is already underway at Mass Hort as a launching pad for the organization’s renaissance,” Ms. Macdonald said. “Mass Hort has been part of the environmental movement since 1829, and now is the time to make its voice heard in the contemporary conversation. My goal for Mass Hort is straightforward: to use the organization’s considerable resources to meet society’s changing needs. To that end, I believe Mass Hort must sharpen its focus on sustainability, protecting natural resources, health, and environmental stewardship.”

Wayne Mezitt, Chairman of Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton , MA , commented on the appointment. “The Massachusetts Horticultural Society has a rich history of providing services to gardeners of all levels with copious horticultural programs. Kathy’s background, energy and long-range vision will enable her to effectively lead Mass Hort and connect its mission with today’s ever-increasing cultural emphasis on the environment and sustainability.”

“Mass Hort is here today because of the hard work, perseverance and tenacity of many people,” said Ms. Macdonald. “The Society’s trustees and staff, Master Gardeners, donors, and its many volunteers have seen the organization through a difficult period. I see my job as delivering on the promise of Mass Hort on their behalf.”

Ms. Macdonald holds an MBA from Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University. Long active in civic affairs in Wellesley, Macdonald has been an elected Town Meeting member for 24 years. She has served on multiple committees, including the Advisory/Finance Committee, the Wellesley Housing Development Corporation, and the Community Preservation Committee. She has managed several initiative campaigns including one, in 2002, for the Massachusetts League of Women Voters that focused on campaign television advertising. Macdonald and her husband Kevin have lived in Wellesley for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, Brian and Bridget.

This release has been reprinted in the following publications:

Boston.com
Garden Club of Back Bay
Garden Web Forum
Metrowest Daily News
Swellsley Report
Wellesley Weston Blog
Wicked Local Wellesley

 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 Next > End >>

Results 1 - 9 of 10

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.