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Programs for Kids

Youth Education and Outreach at Mass Hort includes:Weezie's Garden Big Red Chair

The Plantmobile : a traveling plant science workshop that provides hands-on experiential, education programs for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

The Garden Classroom : ecological and environmental curriculum-based field trips to the Gardens at Elm Bank for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Weezie's Garden : This whimsical garden is designed as a natural playground which consists of a series of small spiraling gardens, each with its own theme and way of engaging the senses.

Caterpillar Club: intended for kids from pre-kindergarten through second grade, sessions of the Caterpillar Club are held in the stone circle at Weezie's Garden and include material on flowers, insects, trees and butterflies, which will be explored through reading, demonstrations and crafts.

Caterpillar Club meets Mondays in June through September from 10am-11am. No club on July 7 and September 1.

Weezie's Garden Story Hour: meeting in the stone circle of Weezie's Garden at Elm Bank, our story hour allows children of all ages to join Mass Hort storytellers for seasonal stories, rhyme, and song, always followed by a Weezie's Walkabout to explore the garden and garden life.

Story Hour meets Wednesdays in June through September from 10am-11am. No Story Hour on July 2 or September 3.

Plantmobile reaches out to children with its horticulture education programs



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 Lynne Nybo teaching kids about the compost creatures
they found in the exploration buckets.

The Plantmobile visited the Frog Pond on Boston Common- June 29, 2013. Volunteer, Lynne Nybo, is pictured teaching kids about the compost creatures they found in the exploration buckets.

Learn more about the Plantmobile.

Caterpillar Club

caterpillarclub.jpgThe Caterpillar Club has made its return! Each Monday morning from 10 – 11 am. Intended for kids from pre-kindergarten through second grade, sessions will be held in the stone circle at Weezie’s Garden. If it is raining, the Club will meet in the Education Building.

Leading the Caterpillar Club will be Kathi Gariepy, who has led the program since 2003. Kathi is a former pre-K and kindergarten teacher and a Lifetime Master Gardener.

Sessions will include material on flowers, insects, trees and butterflies, which will be explored through reading, demonstrations and crafts. Below is a week-by-week list of topics.

Date Topic
June 30 Surprises in the Garden
July 7 No Caterpillar Club
July 14 Flower Power
July 21 Birds in Your Yard
July 28 Turtles on a Log
August 4 Creepy Crawlies (All About Insects)
August 11 The Rainforest
August 18 How does YOUR Garden Grow? (A look at the Vegetable Garden)
August 25 Beautiful Butterflies

Caterpillar Club: Mondays, 10 am, free to members, $5.00 donation from others: kids projects, pre-school to 2nd grade.

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.

Calendar & Courses

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Wed Jul 30 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Art in the Garden: Floral Portraits, Up Close and Personal
Wed Jul 30 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Perennial & Shrub Planting Design for Seasonal Color
Thu Jul 31 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Hostas: Always Room for One More
Thu Aug 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Garden Herbs and Spices for Home Brewing
Fri Aug 08 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
The Joy of Gardening without the Agony of Defeat
Sat Aug 16 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations In Ink: Introduction to Asian Brush Painting
Sat Aug 16 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Growing Your Own Arrangements
Thu Aug 21 @11:30AM - 01:00PM
Tea Blending Basics with Steph Zabel
Thu Aug 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Architectural Plants
Tue Sep 09 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Art in the Garden: September in the Gardens
Tue Sep 09 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Wed Sep 10 @ 1:00PM - 03:30PM
Infusing Your Life with Herbs
Sun Sep 14 @12:00AM
Get into the Spirit!
Wed Sep 17 @ 7:00AM - 10:00PM
A Day in Support of the Garden to Table Program
Tue Sep 23 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Art in the Garden: Essence of Autumn