ABOUT

Welcome to
Massachusetts Horticultural Society!

Come, learn, and grow with Massachusetts Horticultural Society! Throughout the year, we host classes and courses to connect all ages and backgrounds to plants and the environment. These programs explore plants, gardening, and the natural world.  We steward The Gardens at Elm Bank, a blend of historic and contemporary gardens that demonstrate how plants and design are an integral part of everyday life. Our gardens and programs highlight sustainable design, interpret cultural practices, and foster pure delight. As America’s oldest organized horticultural society we celebrate horticulture for the public good, “Commune Bonum.”

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Mission

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.


Contact Us

Address

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
The Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Phone

Main Phone: 617-933-4900
Fax: 617-933-4901
TTY: 781-235-5655

Office Hours

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday


Staff

Please note:

All staff emails use the format: firstinitialsurname@masshort.org
The first initial and surnames are given below. Please add the address @masshort.org to contact individual team members.

President and Executive Director
James Hearsum

Membership Associate
Zee Camp
617-933-4963
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Controller
Jennifer Jones
617-933-4981
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Events Department Associate
Lindsay Dias
617-933-4982
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Director of Programs and Education, Volunteers
Allison Dush
617-933-4973
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Marketing & Communications Coordinator 
Meghan Connolly
617-933-4934
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Director of Development
Elaine Lawrence
617-933-4945
elawrence

Staff Accountant
Miriam Miranda
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Library & Archives
Maureen O’Brien
617-933-4912
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Director of Events
Kayleigh Tosches
617-933-4921
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Facilities Manager
John Sugden
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Governance

Board of Trustees

Fiscal Year 2022

Finley Perry, Chair of the Board
Retired, Founder & Owner F.H. Perry Builder

James Hearsum, President and Executive Director

Wayne Mezitt
Board, Weston Nurseries

Gretel Anspach
Retired, Engineer 

Lynne K. Bower
Owner, Stonegate Gardens

Dan Daly
Daniel Roberts Company

Graham Luce
BJ’s Wholesale Club, Senior VP

Suzanne B. McCance
Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts

Dr. Barbara Millen
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Susan S. Mooney
Managing Director, Prio Wealth

Thaddeus Thompson
Fundraising Professional 

Kenneth Peters
Head of Brand & Communications, Philips’ North American operation

Darrol G. Roberts
Co-Founder, CEO, Hessian Labs, Inc.

George Schnee
Schnee Architects, Inc.

Robert H. Smith, Treasurer
CPA & Managing Director, CBIZ

Carol Spinelli

Helen R. Strieder
New England Baptist Hospital

Carrie Waterman
Volunteer

Board of Overseers

Fiscal Year 2021

Jackie Bean

Scott Birney

Stephanie Chlan

John Cronin

Chris Duminuco

Beth Gray-Nix

Richard Hohmann

Maureen Horn

Frank Hunnewell

Penni Jenkins

Heidi Kost-Gross

Annette Lee

Jeanne Leszczynski

Betsy Ridge-Madsen

Suzanne Mahler

Robert Marzilli

Marisa McCoy

Julia O’Brien

Melanie Perillo

Holly Perry

Greg Rubin

Art Scarpa

Connie Smith

Karin Stanley

Paul Steen

Suzanne Thatcher

Caroline Whitney

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SINCE
1829.

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.

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