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Festival of Trees 2017

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Visit the 
Festival of Trees - November 24 - December 10
...A magical holiday event for the whole family.

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Festival of Trees and Snow Village features trains winding through holiday villages, Santa visits, horse-drawn wagon rides, and music on weekends, and much more. Free parking.

ADMISSIONS:

$10 per person, children 11 and under free, Mass Hort members: $8

Thank you to our event and tree sponsors!

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Festival of Trees showcases dozens of trees and the Snow Village at Elm Bank for children and adults to enjoy. This annual festival takes place from the end of November through the first two weeks of December at Mass Hort's The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482.

The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Building, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets, in hopes of being the tree winner at the end of the festival. Visitors can also enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at The Gardens at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there are Santa Visits and other activities.

Snow Village at Elm Bank is a wonderful addition to the holiday spirit of the Festival of Trees. Bill Meagher of Needham graciously donated the product of his thirteen year "hobby" of building Christmas villages and trains.  It is a bit different each year as he continues to tweak the arrangement.  Massachusetts Horticultural Society is delighted to share his enchanting displays with model trains winding through villages and vignettes, including Christmas in the City (Boston of course!), Fenway Park, and hundreds of decorated houses and lights. This amazing scenery in miniature is sure to get kids of all ages excited about the holiday season.

Snow Village at Elm Bank

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Admission is $10 for people 12 and older; children 11 and under, no charge. The Mass Hort member rate is $8. Join Mass Hort at the Festival and admission is free! The Festival is open November 24 through December 10, weather permitting:  Wednesdays and Thursdays 4-8 pm;  Friday through Sunday 10 am-8 pm;  Sunday December 11 until 6 pm;  Monday through Thursday mornings, by appointment, for senior group visits;  Monday and Tuesday evenings, by appointment, for corporate events.

Please check back here for more information on adult and family craft workshops, Santa visits and much more! If you would like to get involved, please consider sponsoring part of the festival or contributing a tree -- check out the forms in the links below.

The Festival of Trees is a holiday fundraiser for Mass Hort, a 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Opportunities to get involved  

 

If you want to donate a tree, click here

If you want to sponsor a tree that we decorate, click here

If you want to donate a gift certificate to the Giving Tree, click here

If you want to be an event sponsor, volunteer, or schedule a senior group visit, call 617 933-4988 for further information.

New England Sculptors Association Exhibition at Elm Bank

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Announces the Opening of the
New England Sculptors Association Exhibition

“Gifts from the Garden”

(Sculpture Location Guide)

This summer when visitors come to The Gardens at Elm Bank, they will experience something new — an extensive sculpture exhibit created by artists of the New England Sculptors Association. Reminiscent of glorious gardens in Italy, sculptures are nestled among the flowers and grasses to evoke surprise and delight around each bend of the garden paths.

The opening of the show, “Gifts from the Garden,” will be in conjunction with the most anticipated event of the season, “Arts on the Green” on Thursday, July 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This free evening event, sponsored by Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation, features an Art Walk of regional artists exhibiting and selling their work. There will be live music by LiveWire Boston, wine, beer and other beverages for sale, and garden tours. Visitors can picnic on the lawn and enjoy family activities.

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Michael Alfano, Turning Heads

“We are delighted to integrate these sophisticated sculptures into the gardens at Elm Bank. There are works that will appeal to all, as there are 39 sculptures from 21 different artists. They work in a wide variety of artistic styles and materials including stone, clay, metal, and found objects. Many works are inspired by nature. Visitors will be able to visualize how these sculptures can look in their own gardens, and fortunately these sculptural pieces are available for purchase,” said Katherine Macdonald, president, Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

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Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, African Pieta

“Visitors will be able to learn about the artists’ creative process through an innovative audio tour,” said Marilyn Ewer, executive director of the New England Sculptors Association. “It’s easy – to access the audio tour, visitors call 617-466-3067 via their cell phone, enter the number of the piece they are interested in, and they can listen to the artist speak about their sculpture.”

Artists in the exhibition include: Elisa Adams, David Adilman, Michael Alfano, Gregory Barry, William Bloomfield, Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, Kevin Duffy, Larry Elardo, Yetti Frenkel, Douglass Gray, Joseph Gray, Linda Hoffman, Madeleine Lord, Fred Manasse, Judith Morton, David Skora, Karin Stanley, Steve Storch, Alan Weinstein, Joyce Audy Zarins, and Melanie Zibit.

“Gifts from the Garden” runs through October 9, 2017. Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Gardens at Elm Bank, located at 900 Washington Street (Rt. 16) in Wellesley, Massachusetts, are open on Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit masshort.org, masshort.oncell.com, and nesculptors.org.

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Karin Stanley, Triplicity Spheres: Triasphere, Squaresphere, Spiralsphere

 

About the New England Sculptors Association:

 

 

New England Sculptors Association, founded in 1948, is one of the leading sculpture organizations in the country. Its 130+ juried members work in a variety of media including stone, metal, wood, glass, clay, fiber, and recycled objects. NESA welcomes established sculptors, emerging artists, and students. NESA creates exhibitions and collaborates with partners to co-sponsor exhibits, workshops, and events that advance the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. Our members’ work is featured in National Parks, museums, galleries, universities, corporate settings, garden parks, and other indoor/outdoor venues. NESA is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit and is supported by membership, sponsorship, and donations. To learn more about NESA and view the gallery of our members’ work, visit our website: www.nesculptors.org.

 

 

 

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David Adilman, Epiphany

 

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Larry Elardo, Bell and Arch

 

 

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Envisioning the future of Mass Hort

Almost everything you see today on the grounds of Mass Hort is the realization of the Master Plan we laid out in 1998: The restoration of the Hunnewell and Putnam Buildings and the Education Center, the preservation of the Olmstead Italianate Garden and two historic cottages, and 16 acres of gardens exhibiting an array of cultivated flowers, herbs, and vegetables. After 20 years, Mass Hort is now settled into its home at Elm Bank on the Wellesley-Dover line, and we are poised to develop a truly spectacular public garden and open-space destination in the heart of the Western Suburbs—only 13 miles from Boston Common. Now is the time to lay out a new Master Plan that will take us to our 200th anniversary in 2029.

Help us plan for the next generation

The Board and Executive staff are united in our aspiration to position Mass Hort as a world class garden tourism destination that demonstrates the science and practice of horticulture for the 21st century. We need you to help shape our vision to establish a signature destination garden that displays the highest level of horticultural excellence, and to continue to offer powerful public education programs about contemporary issues of health, sustainability, and stewardship of our natural world. Our goal is to engage the broadest possible audience to share these experiences, so we invite you to Get Involved.

 

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2017 Garden Party Honorary Committee

Honorary Committee Chairs

Lisa Abeles, Co-chair

Representing architecture

Stephanie Chlan, Co-chair

Representing interior design

Dan Gordon, Co-chair

Representing landscape design

Suzanne McCance, Co-chair

Representing gardening


Honorary Committee Members

Mark Ahronian

Katie Barrack

Diane Bullock

Joseph and Carolyn Campanelli

William Elinoff  A.S.I.D.

Jim Freeborn

Matthew Gramer

Jonathan Henke

Sandra Hoderlein

Allison Iantosca

Penni Jenkins

Valarie J. Kinkade

Heidi Kost Gross

Bob Marzilli

Joan Minklei

Caroline Nijenberg

Lisa Pattinson

Kathleen Powers

Todd Skulsky

Jack Sullivan

Jessica B. Wills-Lipscomb AIA

Natalie Wolf

Heather Markey Zink

 

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