Mass Hort Classes & 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
Programs & Education

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society offers a wide variety of horticultural programming for adults and children.

For adults, Mass Hort schedules workshops and classes that are designed to enrich the understanding of plants and environment.

Thursday Night at the Hort

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In this annual lecture series, a different expert each week will offer a presentation sure to please the armchair gardener to the Master Gardener. Topics range across the horticultural spectrum from soil to seeds to gardens and everything associated with them.   

Click here to see a schedule and descriptions of the lectures.

 Garden to Table Program

Start with a seed. End with a meal.

The Garden to Table program was created to:
  • Provide fresh, organic produce to families in need
  • Offer hands-on classes for people looking to grow and cook their own food
  • Promote sustainable gardening methods
Garden to Table in Dover. This 6,000-foot garden in Dover was designed by a team of Master Gardeners to offer both educational instruction and a source of inspiration for home gardeners and cooks. It illustrates the quantity and variety of foods that can be grown even in the smallest yard. Half of the beds showcase the possibilities for first time gardeners, with a wide variety of ethnic cuisines from around the world. The other half of the garden consists of production beds where organic vegetables are grown for distribution to local food pantries.

Garden to Table in Boston. The Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (USDA HNRCA) is partnering with Mass Hort to raise vegetables in an indoor garden on the university's Chinatown campus. The gardens feature three elevated beds that will produce a steady harvest for the St. Francis House. In addition, this highly visible garden is helping to raise awareness about the role of nutrient-rich foods in promoting good health.

For information about supporting the program, please contact Lisa Kamer at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Learn more about the Garden to Table Program here.

Children's Programs

weezies-gardenOur programming for children includes Weezie's Story Hour and the Caterpillar Club.

Weezie's Story Hour: Join us in the wonderfully engaging Weezie's Garden for activities and storytelling with garden-related themes around the changing seasons. Exploration and adventures in Weezie's Garden will help young children learn to love the natural world around them. Held outdoors in Weezie's Garden (weather permitting) and the Education Building.

Caterpillar Club: Intended for children from pre-K through second grade, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Caterpillar Club includes material on flowers, insects, trees and butterflies, which will be explored through reading, demonstrations and crafts.

Session topics include “Who is eating my garden?”, “What is an insect?”, “Birds in my backyard,” and “Why do leaves change color?”. 

Learn more about our Children's Programs.  

The Plantmobile

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Planting the seeds of knowledge with today's youth will result in a strong forest for our future!

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Plantmobile is a traveling plant science workshop that provides experiential educational programs for children in ages 5-15. Book a Plantmobile program today and watch your students discover for themselves how the natural world works. One of our main goals is to strengthen children's skills of observation and analysis. Each workshop is designed to deliver a positive and unique learning experience to the children. 

Learn more about the Plantmobile. 

Need help in your garden?

Look to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for all your horticultural information needs in or our world-renowned horticultural library — MHS offers expertise for gardening novices and academics alike.

Call the Master Gardener HelpLine with your gardening questions.

The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association works with MHS to provide answers your gardening questions throughout the year.

617-933-4929
TTY 781-235-5655

E-mail your questions to
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Hours of Operation:

December-February
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
March & November
Wednesday and Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
April thru October
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
(and Saturday through September 30)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Master Gardener Program at Elm Bank

Elm Bank is also home to the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association's Master Gardener Program. The course consists of thirteen classroom and lab modules, including soil science, botany, entomology, plant pathology, pruning and propagation. Courses are conducted by both academic and industry professionals.

 

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.