Latest Mass Hort Events

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
Thu, May 29th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Chickens 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
Thu, Jun 12th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Ecological Landscape Design
Thu, Jun 19th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Biology and Control of Common Exotic Invasive Plants
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
Wed, Jul 23rd, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Art in the Garden: Color and Light in the Garden
Wed, Jul 30th, @9:00am - 12:00PM
Art in the Garden: Floral Portraits, Up Close and Personal
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

Friends of Mass Hort Events

Sun, Jun 8th, @1:30pm - 03:30PM
South Natick Garden Tour
Gardens at Elm Bank Print

Latest News

This Old House videoed at Mass Hort’s Italianate Garden this summer for the segment on the Italianate-Victorian House rehab in Arlington, MA.

The Arlington Project premieres on This Old House on PBS stations between January 2 and January 5, 2014. Check local listings for show times in your area.

Our Italianate Garden is on the sneak peak preview at the end of the video.

See the video here!

Garden Tours

Please join us for group garden tours each Tuesday at 10 a.m. beginning April 30th through October. Members: Free, Nonmembers: $10. The Group meets at the entrance near the Welcome Garden.

Following our mission of developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of plants and the environment, we have worked hard to create a number of beautiful and interesting gardens at the Society's Horticulture Center at Elm Bank.

In 1996, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was authorized by the Metropolitan District Commission to develop a hands-on horticultural education center at Elm Bank Reservation, bordering Wellesley and Dover, MA.

During our time here, we have completed many garden installations, including the All America Selection Trial Gardens, Weezie's Garden, The Bressingham Garden, The Italianate Garden, The Goddess Garden, The James Crockett Memorial Garden, and the Society gardens. The MHS gardens educate both young and old in the science and practice of horticulture, and provide tremendous enjoyment and inspiration.

The portion managed by MHS is a wonderful reflection of Elm Bank’s natural diversity. The site includes open fields and meadows, streams and pools, wooded areas and formal gardens. MHS is uniquely positioned, not only to protect these natural resources, but also to develop spaces that enhance visitors’ appreciation of the landscape and the surrounding Charles River. The grounds and gardens of Elm Bank are handicap-accessible.

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The Gardens at Elm Bank are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are free to members. There is a $5 suggested donation per adult for the general public. Non-members are encouraged to join MHS to help support the maintenance of the Gardens at Elm Bank.

MassHort’s Gardens at Elm Bank represent a living collection. We ask all visitors to please respect our property and collections so that we may continue to build, preserve, and share the beauty of the Gardens.

What's Bloomin' in the Gardens

Noanett Garden Club Historic Daffodil Garden

Bressingham Garden

Weezie's Garden

Garden Etiquette 

The following guidelines apply:

  • No plant material will be taken from the MassHort Elm Bank property without written consent from the Society;
  • No Dogs are allowed in the gardens and upper campus of Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Gardens at Elm Bank.  Mass Hort’s Dog Policy is in place to assure the health, safety and enjoyment of our visitors, volunteers, and staff and, to protect the horticultural quality of our collections. Leashed dogs are welcome to walk on the DRC fields and woodland trails. Owners are asked to please pick up after their dogs;
  • Frisbees or Kites are not allowed in gardens;
  • Stay on trails or lawn;
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed;
  • No radios are allowed;
  • Please do not feed or take wildlife from MassHort ponds, gardens or natural areas;
  • Bikes, rollerblades, scooters or any wheeled recreational device are not allowed in the gardens and upper campus of Mass Hort;
  • Weezie’s Children’s’ Garden: is a wonderful garden for you to enjoy and explore with your children. Please watch them carefully and note it is a garden and not a playground.

We thank you for being an active part of the Mass Hort mission.

Volunteering in the Gardens at Elm Bank

If you would like to volunteer any of our gardens, please see the Gardening Volunteer Schedule

Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street (Route 16)
Wellesley, MA 02482-5725

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.