Mass Hort Classes & Events

Wed, Apr 23rd, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Creating Chocolate From The Garden
Thu, Apr 24th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Spring Care of Trees and Shrubs
Thu, May 1st, @11:30am - 01:00PM
Spring Greens with Community Herbalist Steph Zabel
Thu, May 1st, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Home Composting Network
Fri, May 2nd, @9:30am - 10:45AM
Yoga in the Garden
Sat, May 3rd, @10:00am - 11:30AM
Mushroom Walk and Talk
Thu, May 8th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening
Mon, May 12th, @8:00am - 01:00PM
Flower and Macro Photography
Thu, May 15th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Pots with Pizzazz!
Wed, May 21st, @10:00am - 03:00PM
Art in the Garden: Line Resist with Watercolor
Wed, May 28th, @11:30am - 01:00PM
Spring Lunch Celebration in the Garden
Fri, May 30th, @9:30am - 10:45PM
Yoga in the Garden
Wed, Jun 11th, @10:00am - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Summer Splendor Watermedia
Tue, Jun 24th, @10:00am - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Impressions of the Garden En Plein Air
Tue, Jul 8th, @10:00am - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Capturing the Landscape and Architecture in the Garden with Watercolor
Wed, Jul 16th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Art in the Garden: Garden Landscapes
Thu, Aug 21st, @11:30pm - 01:00PM
Tea Blending Basics with Steph Zabel
Wed, Sep 10th, @1:00pm - 03:30PM
Infusing Your Life with Herbs
Sun, Sep 14th
Get into the Spirit!
Wed, Sep 17th
A Day in Support of the Garden to Table Program
Wed, Oct 1st, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Learn Floral Design for Flower Show Competitions
Garden to Table


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

Yoga in the Garden


cory_halaby.pngEnjoy yoga in a peaceful, verdant setting as the gardening season begins. Instructor Cory Halaby, RYT-200 has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than ten years. Her classes are designed to lift the spirit, clear the mind, and cultivate strength, flexibility, and balance on and off the mat. A trained life coach and Reiki practitioner, Cory draws from a powerful mix of mind/body skills to help students tap into their own vast capacity for wisdom, joy, and wonder. All levels welcome and encouraged!

When: 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM on the following dates:

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Outside the Vegetable Garden

Fee: $15 members; $18 non-members (click on a date above to register)  

Talk and Taste Series

Talk and Taste Series with Mass Hort and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (USDA HNRCA)

HNRCA Auditorium
711 Washington Street, Boston MA

Herbs & Spices
2:00-3:30 pm, Saturday, April 5. 2014

Learn delicious ways to cook with herbs and spices from Dr. Mohsen Meydani and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson of Tufts University. Also presenting is Victoria Taylor, president of Victoria Gourmet.

Victoria is the author of Because Flavor is Everything ~ Recipes with Victoria Taylor’s Seasonings, a cookbook with over 140 of her original recipes. The company’s website is a great resource for her customers offering menus, recipes, cooking tips, and gift ideas along with her blog where she posts seasonal recipes and tips.

Victoria and her products have been featured in many publications including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Better Homes and Gardens, Food & Wine, Fancy Food & Culinary Products, Barbecue & Beverage Magazine, Specialty Food Magazine, Boston Women’s Business Journal, Coastal Living Magazine, The Washington Post, Country Living, Ladies Home Journal, Oprah Magazine, and Delightfully Gluten Free.

Contact: Lisa Kamer - Massachusetts Horticultural Society - 617-933-4943 - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Creating Chocolate From The Garden

Chocolate Therapy LogoSample Chocolate Therapy’s award-winning truffles as you learn to create your own handmade, healthy chocolate using garden ingredients. Through lecture, demonstration, sampling, and chocolate making, you’ll learn to make your own garden bark and decorate it like the pros.

When: Wednesday April 23, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Chocolate Therapy, 60 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701

Fee: $45 members; $50 non-members

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

Spring Greens with Herbalist Steph Zabel

steph_zabel_herbalist.jpgExplore and sample some of the first emerging plants of the season, including dandelions, chickweed, violets, and red clover. Learn about the medicinal and culinary uses of these herbs, and how to harvest and prepare them at home.

Steph Zabel is a community herbalist and educator based in Somerville MA. She teaches about practical herbalism and topics and offers individual holistic health consultations. Steph is also the founder and organizer of Herbstalk, a community conference that teaches people about herbalism. Learn more about her work at

When: Thursday May 1, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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

Fee: $15 members; $18 non-members

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

Mushroom Walk and Talk


Join Michael Rogers, CLS to learn how to identify and harvest edible mushrooms. Rogers is a laboratory scientist and mushroom enthusiast who has been researching all different types of native mushrooms throughout the Sudbury Valley and beyond. Learn how to identify species, focusing on those native to Mass. Guided hike and lecture to follow.  Meet at the Education Building. 

When: Saturday May 3, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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

Fee:  $15 Members / $20 Non-members.

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

Spring Lunch Celebration in the Garden

Celebrate the arrival of spring vegetables, as Kitchen Confidant Lisa Caldwell demonstrates how to prepare for these vibrant spring arrivals. We’ll be treated to a delicious fresh lunch served in the beautiful Crockett Garden.

Lisa Caldwell has been in love with food, cooking and nutrition since she can remember.  This love of all things food has assisted her in her athletic endeavors, helped her maintain an optimum level of health and has taught her more about the world than she thought possible. She started by cooking for her family, obtained a B.S. in Nutrition, rose to the rank of Executive Pastry Chef. She currently educates Team Members and Customers on Food and Nutrition at Whole Foods Market, River Street and teaches cooking classes within the Cambridge Community.  From these experiences, travels and a voracious appetite to learn more, she has obtained a wealth of information. In turn, she wants to share her knowledge and experience with all who want to learn more for the betterment of themselves and the people they love.

When: Saturday May 28, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

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

Fee $15 members; $20 non-members

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




Tea Blending Basics with Steph Zabel

Move beyond commercial tea, and learn how to blend your own unique herbal tea blends. Community herbalist and educator Steph Zabel will demonstrate how to create delicious, cooling teas for summertime as well as cold and hot water infusions. She’ll discuss the art of choosing roots, leaves, flowers, and berries to make harmonious blends.

When: Thursday August 21, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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

Fee: $15 members; $18 non-members

Tea Blending Basics with Steph Zabel

Infusing Your Life with Herbs

herbal-oil-198x300.jpgwith Karen O'Brien

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

Get into the Spirit!

Join Boston’s top chefs and mixologists to enjoy irresistible cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and admire designer vignettes, inspired by the bounty of our organic veggie garden!  To be held at the beautiful Gardens at Elm Bank, this celebration will support the Mass Hort Garden to Table program, which provides organic produce to families in need through local food pantries. Please save the date and watch the website for more details

When: Sunday afternoon, September 14, 2014

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

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. 

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.