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Committees

The President of the Board appoints members of the committees. Committee terms are two years, coinciding with the Society’s fiscal year of October to September. Overseers are encouraged to join one or more committees that interest them. Except for the Executive Committee, all committee meetings are open to all Trustees and Overseers.

Board Committees

AUDIT COMMITTEE
Distinct from the Finance & Investment Committee, oversees auditing functions for the Society.

FINANCE & INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
Advises on budgetary issues, the investment strategy of the Society’s endowment and all other financial dealings of the Society.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee is comprised of the officers and additional board members as appointed by the President. The Executive Committee meets between full board meeting in order to discuss, and if necessary research, issues at hand before making a recommendation to the full board. When appropriate, the Executive Committee makes decisions about management and operations of the organization on behalf of the full Board of Trustees.

DEVELOPMENT AND MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Reviews and approves overall fundraising strategies for MHS capital projects and operating needs. Works directly with staff, Trustees, and Overseers to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects for contributed income.

GOVERNANCE AND NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Promotes the principles of good trusteeship at MHS. Conduct annual evaluations of the Board of Trustees and Overseers and of the Board President. Establishes the schedule for the annual evaluation of the Executive Director. Measures Board performance year to year. Establishes procedures for addressing issues arising from evaluations. Identifies, cultivates, and recommends new Trustees, Overseers, Board Officers, committee members, and committee chairs. Establishes and oversees Trustee and Overseer orientation process. Plans for committee development, Board management, meetings, and retreats.

Operating Committees

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Furthers the mission of MHS through planning horticultural programs for people of all ages.

HORTICULTURE COMMITTEE
Reviews and approves concepts and plans for the development of the Horticulture Center at Elm Bank. Also, reviews and approves the timeline and plans for building and grounds renovation and construction work.

LIBRARY COMMITTEE

This advisory committee assists in identifying conservation needs of the collection and advises on any issues important to the collections of the MHS library.

PROGRAM COMMITTEES

Awards

COMMUNITY GARDEN / URBAN LANDSCAPE AWARDS COMMITTEE
The Trustees established the Community Garden Awards program in 1980 to recognize community gardens throughout the state for excellence in horticulture and the benefit that the gardens provide to the community. The committee calls for applications in the spring. Applications are due by July 15 and the committee visits gardens in August. The recommendation for the award, which includes a plaque and $100 cash, is made to the Board at the December meeting.

HONORARY MEDALS COMMITTEE

As one of the oldest committees of the Society, this committee each year selects a group of individuals or organizations to be recognized for their contributions to the field of horticulture. The Society may award the following prestigious medals:

  • The George Robert White Medal of Honor
  • The Jackson Dawson Memorial Medal
  • The Thomas Roland Medal
  • The Silver Medal

The George Robert White Medal recipient is invited to give a special address to the guests.

VISITING GARDENS AWARDS COMMITTEE

Established very early in the history of the Society, this committee awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals to outstanding private gardens in a particular area of the state. From time to time the committee also awards, if merited, the H. H. Hunnewell Gold Medal or the Mary B. Wakefield Medal for the Small Garden. These awards are highly prestigious, and represent the long-standing tradition of the Society of honoring, recognizing, and promoting excellence in horticulture.

FLOWER SHOW COMMITTEE
The Flower Show Volunteer Committees (14 Committees) are working committees that assist with the planning, staging and operations of the Flower Show.

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.

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