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
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:
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.
- 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 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
Learn more about the Garden to Table Program here.
Our 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
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.
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.
E-mail your questions to
Hours of Operation:
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.