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 - Parkman Room
It can be fun to think that the answer to all your garden problems is already in your kitchen or bathroom cupboards, but are household products or homemade brews really effective in the garden?
This amusing and informative talk looks at remedies that are passed over backyard fences, through Facebook or on Pinterest. Learn what works and what’s a waste of time… and which “solutions” are actually garden disasters.
C.L. Fornari is a creative plant geek who fell into garden communications in 1995. She is the author seven books including her latest, The Cocktail Hour Garden, published by St. Lynn’s Press. She is the host of The Garden Lady, heard on WRKO Boston, a frequent speaker, and a blogger/consultant for Hyannis Country Garden on Cape Cod.
C.L.’s not-so-secret mission is to cultivate the gardening revival… in the meantime she grows multitudes of plants on Poison Ivy Acres in Sandwich, MA. Learn more about her work at www.GardenLady.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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