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: Putnam Building and Vegetable Garden
Nutrition from foods comes from the many and varied compounds that they contain. Carotenoids, the pigments that give fruits and vegetables their beautiful and bright colors, are one of the most important classes of these nutritious compounds. Join us as we present carotenoid researcher, Elizabeth J. Johnson, Ph.D from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and Mass Hort's Seed to Table Educator, Hannah Traggis, to learn about the science of these nutrient packed foods and how to grow them for yourself!
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a taste testing of several delicious foods growing in our teaching vegetable garden and are invited to stay for the evening to enjoy Mass Hort's Goddesses in the Garden celebration!
The presentation will begin in the Putnam Building with Dr. Johnson followed by a brief tour of the Gardens at Elm Bank as we make our way to the Vegetable Garden. There, we will talk about the growing conditions and requirements of several Eye Healthy veggies. The presentation will end with the aforementioned tasting where participants can vote for their favorite varieties!
This is a free program and part of Mass Hort's on-going collaboration with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, bringing you the science and horticultural joy of the vibrant foods we love!
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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