Fall Line Up of Events at Mass Hort

September 9, 2015, WELLESLEY, MA.  

Massachusetts Horticultural Society has a great fall lineup of speakers and events for everyone to enjoy. Beginning September 16th, Sir Peter Crane, the Dean of the Yale School of Forestry will speak about the Ginkgo Tree and his new book: Ginkgo, The Tree That Time Forgot. There will be a reception before the lecture and will conclude with a book signing. On Sunday, September 20, Mass Hort’s Fall Harvest Dinner will help support their Garden to Table Program. Celebrity Chef Mary Dumont will cook up a feast for all to enjoy, featuring local foods and beverages. This a long-table outdoor harvest dinner will take place in the Maple Grove under the stars.  Sunday, Sunday, September 27, the Princess Giorgiana Corsini will visit the Italianate Garden for a reception, followed by a lecture by the Princess on Italian Gardens and the Renaissance.  Thursday, October 15, Honorary Medals Dinner: Kris S. Jarantoski, Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden and keynote speakerwill be honored as the George Robert White Medal of Honor for excellence.

Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot
, by Professor Sir Peter Crane

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Join us for a reception and lecture with Professor Sir Peter Crane, author of Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot and Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale.


One of the world's most unique trees, the ginkgo has remained unchanged for more than two hundred million years. Its history spans as far back as the dinosaurs and includes survival through the ice ages. Once found isolated in China, the ginkgo is a beloved ornamental tree throughout the world, known for its unusual leaves, edible nuts and long-life span. Sir Peter Crane will lecture on this tree's story, and its connection to cultures through medicine, art and religious inspiration.


Members $20, non-members: $25

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Location:  Mass Hort Society, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley

Fall Harvest Festival Dinner

Sunday, September 20, 5:00 - 8:30pm 

DumontCome and celebrate all that is local and abundant! Chef Mary Dumont will prepare a harvest meal from local farms and our vegetable garden at Elm Bank. Local beverages will be highlighted, including Stormalong Cider from Sherborn, and a special wet hops brew from Elm Bank.


Join us for an evening celebrating the fall harvest and building community in the Gardens at Elm Bank! Showcasing the best of local agriculture and seasonal heirloom foods, come share a place at our tables enjoying fine open-air dining, hand-crafted beverages, and music and dancing under the goddesses in the Maple Grove! Twilight tours of the gardens will lead to us to gather together for a festive seated dinner culminating in a magical illuminated candle labyrinth!


This event supports the Garden to Table program which strives to build strong local food systems from the seeds planted to the food grown and harvested and shared within the community.


Members: $65, non-members: $75.


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Location: Mass Hort Society, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley

Culture of the Gardens in the Italian Renaissance, with Princess Giorgiana Corisini

Sunday 27 September 2015, 5:00- 7:00pm


Giorgiana CorsiniWe are delighted to welcome Princess Giorgiana Corsini who will speak on the history and culture of gardens in the Renaissance. Princess Giorgiana and Prince Filippo Corsini come from an historical Florentine family dating back to the twelfth century. Their Palace del Prato in central Florence dates back to the 14th century and its extensive gardens are highlighted by symmetrical box hedges, ancient statuary and potted citrus plants. She brings rich understanding and hands-on experience in gardening and will, no doubt, give ideas to elegantly enhance our New England gardens.


Giorgiana Corsini is an expert with hands-on experience in both Renaissance Italian classical gardens and aristocratic wineries in Tuscany. She travels and lectures throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. Join us for a reception and lecture. Space is limited, please register by September 22.


Members: $20, non-members: $25.


Sustainable Edible Landscapes




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Location: Mass Hort Society, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley





Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:30 pm


Each year, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society presents the Honorary Medals Dinner where the leading horticulturist are honored.  The event gives us the opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of horticulturalists, plant innovators, and those who have made significant contributions to the enjoyment and appreciation of plants and the environment.  The 2015 honorees include: The George Robert White Awardee, Kris S. Jarantoski, Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Keynote speaker;The Thomas Roland Medal, Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, The Jackson Dawson Memorial Award, The American Chestnut Foundation; Gold Medal Awardees: Roger Cook,  of This Old House,  Mrs. Dorrance H. Hamilton, for her support of excellence in horticulture through the Preservation Society of Newport County, Flower Show, Mrs. Maureen Ruettgers, for her support of excellence in horticulture at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and Silver Medals to the Preservation Society of Newport County, Flower Show for promoting the appreciation and understanding of horticulture to the general public, and Suzanne Thatcher of Russell’s Nurseries for her noteworthy service in horticulture.


The Honorary Medals Dinner helps support the mission of Mass Hort.


Dinner: $130.00 per person.


honorary medals

Or call 617-933-4973


Location: Mass Hort Society, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA