FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2012 - Massachusetts Horticultural Society will hold its 15th Anniversary
Celebration at Elm Bank on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free
To mark the anniversary, activities have been planned for adults and children to enjoy.
The Wellesley Society of Artists will have an art show and sale in the
Hunnewell Carriage House from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Many of the artists have
painted at the Gardens at Elm Bank during the summer, using Elm Bank
themes as their subjects. Garden tours will be available at noon, 3 p.m.
and 5 p.m. so community members may enjoy the 12 beautiful gardens on
the property. Exhibits in the Maple Grove from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. include
Follow the Honey — Honey Tasting and Live Bee Exhibit, Linx Camps,
Wellesley Farmers’ Market and an historic exhibit of the Elm Bank
A celebration would not be complete without cake and ice cream, which
will be served at 1 p.m. Local and state officials will join us for the
festivities. Kiss Food Concession will be on location so people can buy
lunch and enjoy a picnic in the Maple Grove. If your kids are playing
soccer, come on over and join us.
Fun, especially for kids, includes Kids Mural Activity in the Gardens
and Elm Bank Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; build a Fairy Garden in
Weezie’s Children’s Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Linx Discover Camp games
and nature arts from 10 a.m. until noon.
Free lectures will be offered, beginning at 11 a.m., on extending your
growing season, and then at 2 p.m. on the history of Elm Bank.
For adults with a flair for gardening or floral design, join Marisa
McCoy to create a fall basket centerpiece, 10 a.m.-noon, or join Art
Scarpa, from 2-4 p.m., to make a succulent container (registration and
fee, all materials included; visit www.masshort.org).
Wrap up the evening by joining Mass Hort and First Republic Bank, our
sponsors, for light appetizers and “Champagne and Strings” in the
Italianate Garden, from 4-6 p.m. Enjoy the music provided by the
Fensgate Chamber Players (registration and fee; please visit
The anniversary celebrates Mass Hort’s home and the stewardship of the
Cheney Estate-Elm Bank. In the summer of 1998, Mass Hort employees
ventured out from their headquarters in Horticultural Hall at 300
Massachusetts Ave. in Boston to reclaim the beautiful Cheney-Baltzell
estate, which had been nearly abandoned for about 25 years. Armed with
historical photographs and creative ideas, professional landscape
designers and dedicated volunteers turned the first soil to set change
Massachusetts Horticultural Society leases the 36-acre Cheney Estate in
Wellesley/Dover from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of
Conservation and Recreation. The property is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated
to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to
developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of
plants and the environment.
Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/dover/news/x511625639/Mass-Hort-celebrates-15-years-at-Elm-Bank-this-Sunday#ixzz2ga2wUdD6