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Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Massachusetts Horticultural Society seeks to help people change their lives and communities for the better through growing plants together. MHS disseminates information on horticulture and related sciences through its Library, educational programming, exhibitions and community outreach initiatives. Through these, MHS seeks to engage guests with the importance of plants, gardens and natural landscapes in their lives and help them to become active growers and gardeners themselves. As America’s first established horticultural society, MHS has been practicing horticulture ‘for the public good’ since 1829.

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society seeks to help people change their lives and communities for the better through growing plants together. For 194 years, Massachusetts Horticultural Society has had a mission to promote the art and science of horticulture, while staying true to its founding motto, ‘Commune Bonum,’ for the public good.

Contact Us


Massachusetts Horticultural Society
The Garden at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482


Main Phone: 617-933-4900
Fax: 617-933-4901
TTY: 781-235-5655

Office Hours

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday


James Hearsum

President & Executive Director

Karen Daubmann

Director Garden and Programs

Allison Dush

Director Education and Guest Experience

Jennifer Jones

Director of Finance and Administration

Elaine Lawrence

Director of Development


Board of Trustees

Fiscal Year 2024

Gretel Anspach, Chair of the Board
Retired, Engineer

James Hearsum, President and Executive Director

Dan Daly
Daniel Roberts Company

Craig Klein, Treasurer

Graham Luce
Senior VP, General Counsel, BJ’s Wholesale Club

Suzanne B. McCance

William C McConnell IV (Chip) Senior VP Wealth Management Advisor, The McConnell Group

Dr. Barbara Millen
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Susan S. Mooney
Managing Director, Prio Wealth

Finley H. Perry
Retired, Founder & Owner F.H. Perry Builder

Darrol G. Roberts
Co-Founder, CEO, Hessian Labs, Inc.

George Schnee
Schnee Architects, Inc.

Robert (Bob) Smith
Managing Director, CBIZ

Carol Spinelli

Helen R. Strieder
New England Baptist Hospital

Thaddeus Thompson
Executive Director, Berkshire Botanical Garden

Carrie Waterman

Terry Windhorst

Friends Council (formerly Overseers)

Fiscal Year 2024

David Barnett

Joanne Caccavale

Stephanie Chlan

Abby Coffin

Elaine Fiske

Beth Gray-Nix

Richard Hohmann

Maureen Horn

Lisa Howe

Frank Hunnewell

Penni Jenkins

Heidi Kost-Gross

Annette Lee

Jeanne Leszczynski

Robert Marzilli

Marisa McCoy

Wayne Mezitt

Janet Oberto

Julia O’Brien

Melanie Perillo

Holly Perry

Betsy Ridge

Art Scarpa

Connie Smith

Karin Stanley

Suzanne Thatcher

Eliot Wadsworth

Caroline Whitney

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

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