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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

For more information

For more information about Mass Hort's Garden to Table courses and programs please contact John Forti, Director of Horticulture and Education at 617-933-4995 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Farming Exhibits of the Smithsonian

WhenSaturday June 6, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Massachusetts Horticultural Society - Putnam Room
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 

Join Smithsonian Gardens horticulturists Brett McNish and Joseph Brunetti for a discussion on the farming exhibits at the Smithsonian museums and their significance to American history. Topics include practical applications for the hobby vegetable gardener such as vegetable cultivation with organic methods in an urban environment, crop profiles, harvesting techniques, companion plantings to attract beneficials, succession planting, raised beds, and building and maintaining healthy soil.

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

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Garden to Table's Spring Dinner in the Crockett Garden

John Lawrence Peppers

When: Tuesday June 2, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Crockett Garden, The Gardens at Elm Bank

Peppers culinary team will produce an eclectic taste of Spring with a spirited demonstration of small plates including beet, rhubarb & blue cheese salad, rhubarb spritzer, wine, and more. This is a talk and taste event with a small plate dinner in support of Mass Hort's Garden to Table program. To learn more about John Lawrence and Peppers Fine Catering, visit Peppers Fine Catering.

Cost: Mass Hort Members $65,  Non-Members $70

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Spring Foraging Walk and Talk With Russ Cohen

Russ Cohen

WhenThursday June 18, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Massachusetts Horticultural Society- Parkman Room 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Russ Cohen is a professional environmentalist and wild foods enthusiast. Russ will teach us about wild edibles and lead us on an interesting walk where he will educate us on local edibles. Typically on his walks participants will incounter 25-40 species. In addition to an outdoor walk (weather permitting) Russ will also lecture to give us a better understanding about our outdoor surroundings. To learn more about Russ and his work : http://users.rcn.com/eatwild/bio.htm

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

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Latest News

Mass Hort extends Garden to Table program in Boston

Mass Hort partnered with the Tufts University Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging to build a garden in its lobby, with the vegetables from the garden being donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Mass Hort will continue to partner with the USDA HNRCA on a variety of programs, including the upcoming Talk & Taste series, to promote the joy of growing and cooking vegetables.

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g2t-2.jpg"Downton Abbey" Party Raises $20,000 for Mass Hort Garden to Table program

Our Downton Abbey event was held at Elm Bank on Sunday, Sept. 15, and raised more than $20,000 for the Garden to Table program. The funds will help provide organic produce to families in need and will also enable the Mass Horticultural Society to expand its gardens beyond Elm Bank Reservation. The afternoon was beautiful, and everyone got into the spirit of the event by evoking the era of the early 1900s with festive clothes. 

View the embedded image gallery online at:
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photos by J.W. Owen Photography

In addition to dressing in period garb, party guests were able to walk the grounds of Elm Bank, take in a game of cricket from the Colonial Cavaliers cricket team, get a lesson in croquet from Reid Fleming and Martha-Catherine Deibel from the Boston Croquet Club, see vintage cars from Dick Burrowes and John Schuler, have their photograph taken by J.W. Owen Photography, admire a display of vintage couture from Augusta Auction Company, hear classical music, and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Special thanks to Leslie Mann of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty for sponsoring the bar and helping to organize the event.

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 May 28 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Urban Gardening
Sat May 30 @ 9:00AM - 01:00PM
Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels
Sat May 30 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Botanical Art for Beginners
Tue Jun 02 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
Garden to Table's Spring Dinner in the Crockett Garden
Thu Jun 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Ecology of the Garden
Sat Jun 06 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Farming Exhibits of the Smithsonian
Sun Jun 07 @ 5:30PM - 08:30PM
Members' Evening in the Garden
Thu Jun 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Spring Foraging Walk and Talk With Russ Cohen
Thu Jun 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Historic Landscape Stewardship
Sat Jun 27 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Herb Gardening
Tue Jun 30 @ 1:00PM - 02:30PM
Children's Afternoon in the Garden
Thu Jul 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Insects in the Garden: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Sat Jul 11 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Plan to Harvest: Vegetable Gardening
Wed Jul 15 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Color Gardens: Learn to Create Three Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal
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Children's Afternoon in the Garden
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Seed Saving Basics
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Children's Afternoon in the Garden
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Tour the Trial Garden
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Bressingham Basics
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Fundamentals of Landscape Design
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Introduction to Italianate Gardens
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Fundamentals of Landscape Design