In effort to serve Mass Hort’s mission to develop the public’s understanding of plants and the environment, we host classes throughout the year for all interest levels.
We offer hands-on workshops as well as lectures, classes for vegetable growers, potted ornamental enthusiasts, and home-owners looking to boost their curb appeal. We have everything from botanical art workshops and book signings to floral design courses and composting classes.
Parkman Room of the Education Building
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Join Karen Bussolini who will introduce you to sizzling plant combinations of color and contrast. There’s no need to be overwhelmed by color wheels and plant choice. Bussolini reflects on what makes certain combinations work – or not. A truly satisfying garden is much more than just a bunch of nice plants. It’s boring if plants just sit there next to each other – they need to interact, to carry on a conversation, to have dynamic contrasts.
Her talk is full of exciting plant combinations photographed in gardens across the country. Starting with simple combinations, and an explanation of how you can use color or texture, gesture, light-reflecting qualities, repetition, color echoes and other qualities. Bussolini will also progress to more complex schemes. Plants with distinctive character and plants that move – or appear to – enliven the mix.
Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement gives gardeners simple intuitive ways of thinking about combining plants that anyone can use easily – without angst or color wheel.
A Garden Writers Association Award-winning garden photographer who blossomed into a widely-published writer, well-traveled speaker, eco-friendly garden coach and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, Karen Bussolini explores the connections between art, gardens and the environment. She combines passion, great photos and a lifetime of gardening experience in her lectures.
Learn more about Karen Bussolini, her lectures and six books at www.karenbussolini.com
Adult Education: We offer lectures, hands-on workshops, and art and design classes. Programs are offered to novice levels through professional. Look here for a listing of upcoming classes!
Thursday Night at the Hort: Our weekly lecture series brings a horticultural expert to our site nearly every Thursday night. We feature topics from growing your own food and boosting your home’s curb appeal to growing in small places and using ecologically-sound growing methods.
Seed to Table: Start with a seed, end with a meal. The Seed to Table program provides education and hands-on experience growing and using food and beverage plants. Programs for Kids: Mass Hort welcomes gardeners of all ages! Visit our Programs for Kids page to learn more about our award-winning Children’s Garden and our youth programs such as a daily summer children’s hour!
Programs for Schools: Mass Hort is excited to come to your community and bring plant science workshops to your school. We also host field trips for students and offer teacher workshops through our School Garden Initiative. Learn about all of these efforts on our Programs for Schools page.
Library: Mass Hort is home to one of the largest and oldest horticultural libraries in the country. Our 20,000-volume library is located at our headquarters in Wellesley. Click here to find more information and library hours.
Founded 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.
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