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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

Craft Beer Brewing Basics

When: Thursday October 29, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Where: Parkman Room of Elm Bank Education Building
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

G2T Garden to Table

Dan Eng, master brewer at Barleycorns Craft Brew in Natick MA, will share the history and techniques of craft beer brewing. Coming and learn the skills to undertaking crafting your own unique brews! Raise a glass with the Garden to Table Program's Fall lecture series!

Proceeds will help support the Garden to Table Program

Mass Hort Members $20, Non-Members $25

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Fall Harvest Dinner and Garden to Table Fundraiser

When: Sunday September 20, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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

Fall Harvest Dinner


Come and celebrate all that is local and abundant! Join us for an evening celebrating the fall harvest and building community in the Gardens at Elm Bank! Showcasing the best of local agriculture and seasonal heirloom foods, come share a place at our tables enjoying fine open-air dining, hand-crafted beverages, and music and dancing under the goddesses in the Maple Grove! Twilight tours of the gardens will lead to us to gather together for a festive seated dinner culminating in a magical illuminated candle labyrinth!

The evening will begin with sampling heirloom vegetables and locally produced artisanal beverages and specialty tours of the Garden to Table spaces throughout Elm Bank from 5-6pm. As we take our seats along the harvest tables at 6pm, celebrity chef Mary Dumont will prepare a dinner sourced from local farmers and our own gardens at Elm Bank! At 7:30, we will be treated to enticing desserts, and music and dancing in the Maple Grove as a stunning luminary labyrinth, created by Martin Grealish, lures us to the Asian and Temple gardens! Mary Dumont has been featured in Food and Wine and on Iron Chef America and her exciting new restaurant, Cultivar, will be opening in Cambridge in 2016

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The Garden to Table program strives to build strong local food systems from the seeds planted to the food grown and harvested and shared within the community. We work to offer high caliber education in horticulture, nutrition, and food production and preparation both in schools and in the Seed to Table and Garden to Table education spaces in the Gardens at Elm Bank. We also work to raise awareness of food accessibility issues within local, greater Boston, and regional communities.

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This celebration is a major fundraiser that will help support future endeavors of the Garden to Table program to continue to educate, connect and build strength in our local food system!

Weather Statement: While we are expecting beautiful weather, we have an alternate rainy weather location in our lovely Hunnewell Carriage House.

Individual plates: Members $65; Non-members $75

Recognized Supporter table (seats 8): Members $520; Non-Members $600

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There will be volunteer opportunities to help with this event. Volunteers will help set up and clean up and be present throughout the evening. Dinner will be provided. If interested in this opportunity, please contact Hannah Traggis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at 617-933-4943.

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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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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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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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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Fundamentals of Landscape Design
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Culture of the Gardens in the Italian Renaissance
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Concocting Cordials with Steph Zabel
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