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Garden to Table Program

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Start with a seed. End with a meal.

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Garden to Table Program offers the public an opportunity to come together in a beautiful and welcoming setting to learn about growing, cooking, and preserving healthy food.

Support a Food Pantry

We are pleased to support food pantries in providing healthy and nutritious vegetables to local families. Last year, our Dover garden produced nearly 4,000 pounds of organic produce to help families in need through the Natick & Wellesley Food Pantries.

We also recently embarked on an exciting partnership with the Tufts University Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Together, we created an organic garden in their sun-filled lobby, and are donating the vegetables grown there to the St. Francis House in Boston. 

Grow Your Own Food

Everyone from Michelle Obama to the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that fruits and vegetables play a crucial role in improving our health. Our Garden to Table program provides hands-on educational programs to support people who are interested in growing their own food.

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Photos by Jennifer Owen

Check Out Our Garden to Table Video 


Upcoming Classes and Events

Cooking from the Garden with Alana Chernila

When: Wednesday November 18, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Parkman Room of Elm Bank Education Building

How do we help our children become more confident, able, and independent in the kitchen? Join Alana Chernila for an evening of exciting ideas, strategies, and simple ways to empower kids in the kitchen. This night will be useful for parents, caregivers, and educators of children of all ages.

Alana Chernila writes, cooks, sells fresh vegetables, and teaches cheese making. She is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe and lives with her husband and two young daughters in western Massachusetts. Her first cookbook, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making, was published by Clarkson Potter in Spring 2012. Her second book The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes For Cooking With Pleasure, will be published by Clarkson Potter in Fall 2015. Visit Alana online at eatingfromthegroundup.com.

Proceeds will help support the Garden to Table Program.

Lecture Fee: Mass Hort Members $20,  Non-Members $25

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Herbal Gifts with Steph Zabel

When: Thursday October 22, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Parkman Room of Elm Bank Education Building

There are many wonderful ways to use herbs and essential oils to create natural and unique holiday gifts. In this class you will learn how to make infused oils, herbal salves, and aromatherapy sprays, which all make for delightful and practical gifts for friends and family. You will also receive an informative handout, including some of Steph’s favorite holiday herbal recipes and resources for quality herbal ingredients, bottles, and supplies. Prepare for the holiday gift-giving season and get inspired to be crafty and creative with herbs!.

Steph Zabel is an herbalist and educator based in Somerville, MA. For over a decade she has combined her passions for natural medicine, community outreach, and education. She holds a Master’s degree in ethnobotany, and is a graduate of several herbal apprenticeships including a three-year training in clinical herbalism. Steph began her professional career working in the botanical collections of the Harvard University Herbaria. Her current work focuses on teaching practical & inspiring herbal classes and offering dynamic wellness sessions. Steph is also the founder of HERBSTALK, Boston’s vibrant community herbal conference, through which she creates accessible educational opportunities for all plant enthusiasts.

To learn more about Steph, visit her website!

Proceeds will help support the Garden to Table Program

Lecture Fee: Mass Hort Members $20,  Non-Members $25

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Fund for Wellesley Grant helping gardeners give back

Gardeners Give Back
Katya Portnaya (l), student gardener, and Joan Parker, master gardener, harvest produce at the Elm Bank Reservation's vegetable garden, to be given to the Wellesley Food Pantry. The Fund for Wellesley, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the Wellesley Food Pantry are collaborating in the initiative. Wicked Local staff photo / Kate Flock

 

From the WELLESLEY TOWNSMAN

As the twice-weekly harvest drew to a close Monday, master gardener Susan Hammond walked back to the Garden to Table garden at Elm Bank and asked everyone who was left to guess how much the day’s harvest had yielded.

Bryce Hawes, the intern at the garden, was the closest. His guess of 75 pounds was just half a pound off from the 75.5 that would soon be headed to the Wellesley Food Pantry.

"We forget that there are always people in need," Hawes said Monday as he surveyed the wide variety of organic foods being grown in the garden. "That tends to be forgotten when we drive past suburban life."

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society has, for five years now, been providing fresh produce on a weekly basis to the Wellesley Food Pantry. This week will be a small part of what Horticulture Director John Forti said will ultimately be approximately 2,000 pounds that will end up in the hands of food pantry clients.

Another 2,000 pounds goes to the Natick Food Pantry, he said, when gardeners return for their Thursday harvests throughout the summer and into the early fall.

(read the full artcle here)

Concocting Cordials with Steph Zabel

When: Thursday 5 November 2015, 07:00pm - 08:30pm

Where: Parkman Room of Elm Bank Education Building

The winter months are the perfect time to make festive and warming cordial drinks. So come spice up your holidays and learn how to create delicious herbal-infused alcoholic beverages -- they make adelightful treat to sip by the fire, or to give as gifts. It's much easier than you think, and you can be as creative as you wish! We will sample several examples of herbal wines and cordials and each participant will create their own in class to go home with.

Steph Zabel is an herbalist and educator based in Somerville, MA. For over a decade she has combined her passions for natural medicine, community outreach, and education. She holds a Master’s degree in ethnobotany, and is a graduate of several herbal apprenticeships including a three-year training in clinical herbalism. Steph began her professional career working in the botanical collections of the Harvard University Herbaria. Her current work focuses on teaching practical & inspiring herbal classes and offering dynamic wellness sessions. Steph is also the founder of HERBSTALK, Boston’s vibrant community herbal conference, through which she creates accessible educational opportunities for all plant enthusiasts.

To learn more about Steph, visit her website!

Proceeds will help support the Garden to Table Program

Lecture Fee: Mass Hort Members $20,  Non-Members $25

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The Art of Growing Food with Ellen Ogden

When: Thursday 20 August 2015, 07:00pm - 08:30pm

Where: Parkman Room of Elm Bank Education Building

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The Art of Growing Food presentation will inspire you to elevate an ordinary vegetable garden to an extraordinary European inspired potager. Discover new techniques to grow food in elegant and artful ways. With gorgeous color photographs from her book, The Complete Kitchen Garden, Ellen will share six steps to easily creating a beautiful kitchen garden.

This lecture is ideal for new and experienced gardeners or anyone interested in innovative ideas and classic design. The ultimate goal is to learn new ways to design and plant a kitchen garden for productivity, low maintenance and pure pleasure, turning work into play!

Ellen Ecker Ogden is the author of five books, including her most recent, The Complete Kitchen Garden, and co-founder of The Cook's Garden seed catalog. She writes many articles regularly featured in Garden Design, Eating Well, Organic Gardening, Country Gardens, The Boston Globe, The New York Times and Martha Stewart Living to name a few. She is also maintains an active website and blog. For more information about Ellen and her work, visit her website here: http://www.ellenogden.com

Proceeds will help support the Garden to Table Program

Lecture Fee: Mass Hort Members $20,  Non-Members $25

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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.

Latest Mass Hort Events

Thu Aug 20 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
The Art of Growing Food with Ellen Ogden
Tue Aug 25 @ 1:00PM - 02:30PM
Children's Afternoon in the Garden
Thu Aug 27 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Tour the Trial Garden
Sat Aug 29 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Bressingham Basics
Tue Sep 08 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Sat Sep 12 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Introduction to Italianate Gardens
Sat Sep 12 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Wed Sep 16 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot
Sat Sep 26 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Sun Sep 27 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Culture of the Gardens in the Italian Renaissance
Wed Sep 30 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Beginning Floral Design at Mass Hort 2015
Thu Oct 22 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Herbal Gifts with Steph Zabel
Thu Nov 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Concocting Cordials with Steph Zabel
Thu Nov 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Concocting Cordials with Steph Zabel
Wed Nov 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Cooking from the Garden with Alana Chernila
Fri Nov 27 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees