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.
Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank
Hostas are the #1 selling perennial in the United States today. If you only grow 'The Green One' and 'The Green and White One' you are missing out on the huge variety of colors, sizes and shapes of today’s Hostas. This talk will help you identify some new plants that you will absolutely have to have, identify the best places to buy them and teach you how to make them look their best.
Stephen Shaw retired from the Weston Public Schools in 2010 after 36 years as a teacher and principal. Steve joined the Massachusetts Master Gardeners in 2012, becoming a Lifetime Master Gardener in 2015. He currently is the Coordinator of the Master Gardener Training program for the MMGA. He has been gardening for over 40 years beginning by watching both Thalassa Cruso and Jim Crockett on PBS as a youngster. He has collected many different kinds of plants over that time including Lilacs, Peonies, Daylilies, Real Lilies, Snowdrops and, of course, Hosta. His one acre garden in Millbury, MA includes over 300 named varieties of Hosta, as well as a growing number of seedlings of his own creation.
Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20
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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