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Garden to Table Program


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

Celebrate the Spirit & Bounty of the Garden Fundraiser

Spirit LogosSunday September 14th, 2014

4:00 – 7:00 pm

the gardens At Elm Bank

join us in sampling fresh dishes from local chefs,  learn recipes from culinary talents and tour the grounds while sipping on locally distilled perfection

Purchase tickets

$40M/ $45 non-member

Celebrate the Spirit & Bounty of the Garden

Cookbook signing, sale & more!!

Mushroom walk with chef Daniel Bruce

Live music from LiveWire!

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden to Table program offers the public an opportunity to come together in a beautiful setting to learn about growing and cooking healthy food.

This innovative program helps to support two local food pantries, providing healthy, organic vegetables to local families in need.  Last seasons bounty was over 4,000 pounds!!

for more information on programming, events, sponsorship & the collaboration with Tufts Talk & Taste program, please visit our website: or contact Lisa Kamer at 617-933-4943 –

the vegetable garden is open

Monday – Friday 10am to 5pm,

donations are harvested Tuesdays & Thursdays

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Talk and Taste (Cooking with Cranberries)

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When: Saturday September 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society in conjunction with the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the next Talk and Taste public lecture on the theme of “Cooking with Cranberries” on Saturday, September 27th from 10 -11:30 am at the MassHort property at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA. Featured speakers include: Blue Ginger’s Pastry Chef - Michele Fadden; Dr. Diane McKay nutrition scientist at the Tufts HNRCA; and David Fiske, Horticultural Director Massachusetts Horticultural Society for a three–part lecture on cooking, nutrition and gardening.

After the lecture there will be time for sampling, Q&A and a tour of the Garden to Table garden.

Blue Ginger
HNRCA Medical Research

Fee: $15 members; $18 non-members

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A Day in Support of the Garden toTable Program

Shop at Whole Foods any time throughout the day and support the Garden to Table program. Whole Foods will donate 5% of all sales to Mass Hort’s Garden to Table program.

When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Where: Whole Foods Market, 442 Washington, Wellesley, MA

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.


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. 

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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.

Infusing Your Life with Herbs

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Learn how to take simple culinary staples, such as butters, sugars, vinegars, liqueurs and more and transform them into something special with the addition of fresh herbs. Infuse your pantry as well as the rest of your home with the scents and colors of summer, adding a year-round herbal experience. Sample an array of herb-kissed food products, which will enliven your meals throughout the year, and begin your own herbal adventure.

In the workshop, we will make three herbal products, using herbs of your choice to customize your herbal culinary experience.

Karen O'Brien runs her herbal business "The Green Woman's Garden" ( in the central MA town of Mendon. She has unusual herb plants, including medicinal, for sale, runs workshops on various herbal adventures, and occasionally participates at farmers markets and fairs. She is the Development Chair of The Herb Society of America, currently serves as Chairman of the New England Unit of H.S.A., is Secretary of the International Herb Association, and is President of the Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford.  A member of Garden Writers Association, she is the editor and contributing author to Artemisia: Herb of the Year™ 2014, produced by the IHA.

When: Wednesday September 10, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank 900 Washington Street Wellesley, MA 02482

Fee: $20 members; $25 non-members

Infusing Your Life with Herbs


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

Tue Sep 09 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Art in the Garden: September in the Gardens
Tue Sep 09 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Wed Sep 10 @ 1:00PM - 03:30PM
Infusing Your Life with Herbs
Thu Sep 11 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Growing Your Own Arrangements
Fri Sep 12 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
PPA Symposium: Exploring Design & Perennial Selection for the Landscape
Sun Sep 14 @ 4:00PM - 07:00PM
Get into the Spirit!
Wed Sep 17 @ 7:00AM - 10:00PM
A Day in Support of the Garden to Table Program
Thu Sep 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Urban Forestry
Tue Sep 23 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Essence of Autumn
Thu Sep 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Vertical Gardening
Sat Sep 27 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Create Your Own Tropical Terrarium
Sat Sep 27 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Talk and Taste (Cooking with Cranberries)
Wed Oct 01 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Learn Floral Design
Thu Oct 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Garden Herbs and Spices for Home Brewing
Tue Oct 14 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Watercolor Landscapes
Thu Oct 16 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Honorary Medals Awards Dinner
Sat Oct 25 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Floral Design for Jewelry and Crafts