Mass Hort Exhibit - Eden on the Charles- wins four awards at the Boston Flower & Garden Show!
WELLESLEY, MA. March 22, 2014 The Massachusetts Horticultural
Society’s exhibit “Eden on the Charles” at this year’s Boston Flower
& Garden Show (March 12-16, 2014), received the Allen C. Haskell
Award, The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Emily Seaber
Parcher Award, the Ecological Landscape Alliance Environmental Vision
Award, and the New England Nursery Association Award, and the
Massachusetts Agriculture Ribbon.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit, Eden on the Charles,
highlighted two love stories that took place at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank
Estate in Dover, MA, illustrating the show them of “Romance in the
Garden”. The exhibit’s design depicts the courtship of Ray and Betty
Frost canoeing down the Charles River at Elm Bank and stopping for a
picnic along the shore. Descendants and family of Mr. & Mrs. Frost
attended the show on Saturday, March 15 to see the exhibit that honored
Mass Hort design team, led by Landscape Institute/BAC
designers Suzanne Higham and including Heather Heimarck (Landscape
Institute Executive Director), Julia Esteves, Piera Sassaroli, with Jeff
Dube and Bill Cuddy and Mass Hort staff David Fiske, Charlie Harris,
and Clark Bryan did a superb job demonstrating landscape design and
Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s
exhibit was designed to engage the public in the beauty of plants,
gardens, and landscape design and to highlight the talents of landscape
designers and green industry professionals in the practice and love of
- Allen C. Haskell Award: Presented
to a professional garden exhibit that shows distinction in landscape
design with a heavy emphasis on color using rare and unusual plant
material, mainly new species and cultivars that have been introduced but
not readily available to the trade. Presented by the Massachusetts
- Ecological Landscape Alliance Environmental Vision Award: Presented to the exhibit that best demonstrates the design and execution of ecological concepts and ecological principles.
- The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Emily Seaber Parcher Award: The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts’s Emily Seaber Parcher Award
for excellence in landscape design of a naturalistic garden of less
than 1,000 square feet. "Garden on the Charles," the winning exhibit by
the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, was inspired by two love
stories that took place on the organization's property, Elm Bank. The
exhibit featured a winding stream with naturalistic plantings, complete
with wooden canoe, foot bridge, and artist's retreat.
- New England Nurserymen’s Award
Mass Hort’s Exhibit - A Collaboration with Designers and Organizations
skilled designers contributed to Mass Hort’s exhibit: Julia Esteves is a
Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional (MCLP) and owner of
Juliagarden Landscape Design, a landscape design, build and maintain
business in Osterville, MA; Heather Heimarck, Landscape Institute,
Piera Sassaroli, owner of Piera’s Landscape Design of Boston, is a
designer based out of both Boston and Milan, Italy; Jeff Dube will be
returning to The University of Michigan in the fall to complete his
Masters of Landscape Architecture; Suzanne Higham is owner of Frog
Hollow, a landscape design, installation and maintenance company based
in Georgetown, MA; and Bill Cuddy is owner of WJC Services, a full
service design, building, and maintenance landscape company in Rowley,
Donations of materials and assistance were provided by Boston
Architectural College, the Landscape Institute, Ball Seed, Northeast
Nurseries, Inc., Weston Nurseries, Bartlett Tree Experts, Northwoods
Canoe Company, Szczechowicz Landscape Services, and Stonewood Products,
Inc. Painting by Julia Blake.
Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts
Horticultural Society mission is to encouraging the science and practice
of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation,
and understanding of plants and the environment. Massachusetts
Horticultural Society, a 501(c ) (3)educational organization, is
located at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley on 36-acres in the historic
Elm Bank Reservation, which is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places. For more information please visit: www.masshort.org.
Eden on the Charles - A Love Story from Elm Bank
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wellesley, MA February 28, 2014 - Love is in the air at the Boston Flower & Garden Show, where the theme Romance in the Garden will provide the backdrop to this year’s festivities from March 12th to 16th.
Postcard of Asian Garden at Elm Bank
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit, Eden on the Charles, adds to the romance with two love stories that are close to its heart. The first is that of Dr. William and Mrs. Alice Cheney Baltzell, who established a happy home at Elm Bank. Alice was the daughter of Benjamin P. Cheney who founded the estate in 1875. It was Alice and her husband who transformed the property into the beautiful landscape we enjoy today.
The second story belongs to someone with an equally special connection to the property: Ray Frost, the son of the Baltzell’s estate superintendent, Henry Frost. When the Frosts moved to Elm Bank in 1935 from Beverly, MA., Ray and his childhood sweetheart, Betty, decided to continue their courtship long distance. During Betty’s frequent visits to the property, the two would embark on canoeing excursions along the Charles. This early romance at Elm Bank blossomed into a marriage that lasted seventy years.
Katherine Macdonald, President of Massachusetts Horticultural Society, was contacted in 2011 by Ray Frost of Beverly. Kathy commented: “Ray called to tell me about his connection to Elm Bank and that he lived here a long time ago with his family. He would often help his father with his work at Elm Bank and in competitions at the New England Spring Flower Show, where Henry would exhibit his skill as a horticulturist. Henry was working for Alice Baltzell in 1938 during the horrendous hurricane that battered New England.”
Ray had slides showing the damage to the property and he proposed that he visit Mass Hort to give a presentation to the staff. He was ninety-two at the time and drove down from Beverly to Wellesley to share his treasures. During the presentation, Ray said: “The damage to Elm Bank in 1938 broke Alice Baltzell’s heart.”
What stood out most about Ray’s presentation were the stories about his life as a young man at Elm Bank and his courtship with Betty ― from one misadventure getting his car stuck in the mud when trying to drive Betty back home to Beverly, to another watching their canoe float away down the Charles as they sat enjoying a picnic. The staff was moved by his love story; he called Elm Bank, “Eden on Earth”. Ray’s lifelong sweetheart, Betty, passed way soon after Ray’s visit in 2011, and Ray died in November of 2012.
The Boat House on the Charles
Inspired by Ray and Betty, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit concept is “Eden on the Charles”, an intimate picnic area on the banks of the Charles River. The exhibit uses plants to evoke both romance and intimacy. Through variations of texture and gradation of hue - white to pink to red – the exhibit creates a mood of romance around the isolated spot on the banks of the river. The exterior pathway mimics the Charles River, and draws the eye through the exhibit to emphasize shapes, unify design elements, and highlight various horticultural features.
Several skilled designers have contributed to Mass Hort’s exhibit: Julia Esteves is owner of Julia Garden, Osterville, MA is a landscape designer and a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional (MCLP); Piera Sassaroli of Piera’s Landscape Design, Boston, MA is a designer based out of both Boston and Milan, Italy; Jeff Dube will be returning to The University of Michigan in the fall to complete his Masters of Landscape Architecture; Suzanne Higham is owner of Frog Hollow, a landscape design, installation and maintenance company based in Georgetown, MA; and Bill Cuddy is owner of WJC Services, a full service design, building, and maintenance landscape company in Rowley, MA.
Donations of materials and assistance were provided by Boston Architectural College, the Landscape Institute, Ball Seed, Northeast Nurseries, Inc., Weston Nurseries, Bartlett Tree Experts, Northwoods Canoe Company, Szczechowicz Landscape Services, and Stonewood Products, Inc.
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. Massachusetts Horticultural Society is located at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley on 36-acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Please visit us at the show!
Village Church Volunteers plant Marathon Daffodils Along Boston Marathon Route
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WELLESLEY, MA, October 26, 2013. A dozen volunteers from the
Wellesley Congregation Church, as known as Village Church gathered early
Saturday morning to join the hundreds of volunteers planting "Marathon
Daffodils" along the Boston Marathon route.
About a dozen volunteer bulb planters, under the direction of Deborah
Brown, worked to plant over 1,200 bulbs on the Village Church property
overlooking Route 16.
Marathon Daffodils is a grassroots effort to plant 100,000
daffodils along the Marathon route, from Hopkinton to Boston. "The Marathon
Daffodils project is a collaborative effort to strengthen our community by
bringing beauty to where there was unfathomable loss, mayhem and sadness,"
notes founder, Diane Valle of Charleston. Massachusetts Horticultural Society, one
of the sponsoring organizations of the Marathon Daffodil project, is helping to
organize the communities of Natick and Wellesley.
Deborah Brown, Wellesley resident and member of the
Wellesley Gardener's Guild, is the volunteer captain for Marathon Daffodils, Wellesley
commented: "Volunteers are enthusiastic about this project. Everyone can
participate with little skill and their efforts will bring a wonderful yellow
spectacle next April along the Marathon route." Deborah has been working with
the Town and Institutions along the way for permission to plant specific
locations, for oversight, determining quantity to be planted, and enlisting
volunteer planters. Wellesley's share of
the planting-10,000 bulbs! Deborah was on hand with her son Duncan, to help
with Saturday's planting at the Village Church. Brian Paige of Paige
Landscaping Company donated services to help to prepare the beds.
Marathon Daffodils is building a team of thousands to help
plant "Marathon Daffodils" from Hopkinton to Boston for the Boston Marathon
2014. The goal is to line the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon Route with bright
yellow, cheerful flowers will serve as an inspiration to runners, residents,
participants and visitors.
Additional Wellesley plantings are taking place along Route
16. Last week, the Friendly Aid location was planted with the help of the
Needham Junior Women's Club. To learn more about Marathon Daffodils and the
Wellesley plantings, please visit masshort.org/education.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to encourage the science and practice of
horticulture and to develop the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and
understanding of plants and the environment. Projects for the public good are
central to the 184-year legacy of the organization.
|Kathy Macdonald, President of Mass Hort
and Deborah Brown with a portion
of the bulbs to be planted.
|Carter and Madeline Blessing
|Kathy Macdonald and Duncan Brown
||Phyllis Gibson, Village Church member planting bulbs
|Laurel and Henry Lyle
Mass Hort Celebrates 15 Years at Elm Bank
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