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Visit the Festival of Trees - a magical holiday event
for the whole family.

New This Year! Trains, Planes, and Villages- See Snow Village at Elm Bank!

The Festival of Trees is located inside our function hall, the Hunnewell Carriage House.
The Snow Village is located inside the Flora Cottage.

The Festival is open Rain or Shine!


Open on the following dates:

Nov. 28, 29, 30, Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13
10am – 8pm

Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11
4pm - 8pm

Dec. 14
10am - 6pm

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees will showcase over 75 trees and a new addition to the festival,  Snow Village at Elm Elm Bank for children and adults to enjoy. This annual festival, in its sixth year, will take place from November 28 until December 14, at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank property, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482.

The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Carriage House, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets, in hopes of being the tree winner at the end of the festival. Visitors can enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there is a Pajama Story Time, Santa Visits and Kids' craft workshops.

Snow Village at Elm Bank is a wonderful addition to the holiday spirit of the Festival of Trees. Bill Meagher of Needham graciously donated the product of his thirteen year “hobby” of building Christmas villages and trains. Massachusetts Horticultural Society is delighted to share his enchanting displays featuring trains, Christmas in the City (Boston of course!), Fenway Park, New England Villages, and hundreds of decorated houses and lights. This amazing scenery in miniature is sure to get kids excited about the holiday season.

Snow Village at Elm Bank

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Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children 12 and over, children under 12, no charge.  The Mass Hort member rate is $8 for adults. Join Mass Hort at the Festival and admission is free! The festival is open November 28-December 14; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8pm and Friday through Sunday, 10am-8 pm. The Festival is open weekday mornings, by appointment, for nursery school and senior tours.

Please see the Special Events listing below for information on adult and children's craft workshops, Santa visits and much more! If you would like to get involved, please click here to volunteer or consider sponsoring part of the festival or contributing a tree – check out the forms on the links below.

Special Events of the 2014 Festival of Trees

Click on the links below for more information

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Workshops for Families/Kids
Finger Puppets Workshop - Sun., December 7
Penguin Snow Globe Workshop - Sun., December 14

Workshops for Adults
Holiday Wreath Workshop - Sat., December 6
Stars Ornaments Workshop - Thurs., December 11

Live Music
Wellesley Choral Society - Sat., December 6

Pajama Story Time - Friday, December 5

Santa Visits

The Festival of Trees is a holiday fund raiser for Mass Hort, a 501 (c) (3) educational organization.

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The Right-Size Flower Garden: Book Signing with Kerry Ann Mendez

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 05:30pm - 08:00pm

Please join us for a presentation and book signing celebrating "The Right-Size Flower Garden," the newest book from top-selling author Kerry Ann Mendez.

Kerry Ann Mendez will speak on the subject of her new book, "The Right-Size Flower Garden: Simplify Your Outdoor Space with Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices." Change Happens. Many still dream of 'Better Homes and Gardens' landscapes but reality has muddied the picture. Job demands, kids, money, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to nightmare gardens. Time for some editing. This inspiring lecture provides easy-to-follow right-sizing strategies, recommended no-fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning year round gardens that will be as close to 'autopilot' as you can get.

Kerry Ann Mendez is dedicated to teaching the art of low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping. As a garden consultant, designer, writer and lecturer, she focuses on time-saving gardening techniques and workshorse plant material as well as organic practices. She has been in numerous magazines, a featured guest on HGTV and local garden segments, and was the recipient of Mass Hort's 2014 Gold Medal of Honor for outstanding service to the field of horticulture. For more about Kerry and her business, Perennially Yours, visit

5:30 Wine and Cheese Reception                                                                      
6:30 Presentation to be followed by Book Signing

Books will be for sale at this event

Event Fee: Mass Hort Members $15,  Non-Members $20

In the Kitchen Garden with Tim Wilcox of The Kitchen Garden Farm


Location :
Hunnewell Carriage House, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482
Contact : 617-933-4973 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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