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Bressingham Endowment

The Bressingham Garden helps Massachusetts Horticultural Society deliver its mission to inspire, educate, and motivate gardeners to enjoy the knowledge, experience, and benefits of plants and gardening. An endowment is being established for the purpose of providing on-going care and maintenance of the Bressingham Garden.

Bressingham Garden Background

kmac bressinghamThe Bressingham Garden at Elm Bank celebrated its seventh year in August. At the time of the build, August 3, 2007, it was Adrian Bloom’s largest to perennial demonstration and display garden, with 1.01 acres planted with the help of over 200 volunteers, who planted 8000 donated plants!

Adrian’s vision was that the Bressingham Garden would act as a catalyst to promote the horticultural industry and gardening throughout the New England area. Thank you, once again, for helping to plant this beautiful garden.

The Experience at The Gardens at Elm Bank

Elm Bank has several gardens, but the three joined together – the Trial Garden, Weezie’s Garden and The Bressingham Garden – form the center of activity. These resources appeal to a wide range of people, from beginners to professionals, across the spectrum of horticultural interests.

Investing in thBressingham 0523e Future of the Garden

Mass Hort’s priority is to ensure the gardens have the attention, best practices, investment, and manpower needed to get them into first-class condition―and to keep them there every day of the visiting season. The Gardens at Elm Bank, tied together with visitor, educational and marketing programs, are a catalyst to attract investment and spread its reputation throughout New England like the ripples from a stone thrown in a pond.

Purpose and Benefits of the Bressingham Garden

  1. Increase visitors to the Gardens at Elm Bank
  2. Provide an additional wedding venue to increase enterprise funds to support the gardens
  3. Provide master gardeners and volunteers a beautiful garden in which to work in while learning about garden design, plants, and landscapes
  4. Help nurseries, garden centers, wholesalers and retailers see plants in the landscape for trials allowing them to bring customers and their own staff for education
  5. Help landscape professionals and designers illustrate plantings, landscapes, and design elements to their clients
  6. Provide associated horticultural institutions, including garden clubs, botanic gardens, horticultural colleges, and other interest groups with a living demonstration of plants and their uses
  7. Inspire amateur gardeners and would-be gardeners through visits to the Bressingham Garden followed by a confidence-boosting educational session

Typical Bressingham Garden Expenditures

  • Maintenance and Care
    • Summer Internship: 16 weeks, 40 hours per week
    • Seasonal Horticulturalist: 24 weeks, 40 hours per week
  • Irrigation
  • Acquisition and de-acquisition of plants
  • Signage
  • Mulch
  • Brochures
  • Collection software
  • Hortycode plant label technology (cultivation information for visitors)

With your support we will be able to provide for the future of the Bressingham Garden!


Massachusetts Horticultural Society accepts gifts in many forms. See Ways to Give for specific types of gifts. Additionally, a gift may be pledged over several years.


To discuss further, please contact:

Katherine K. Macdonald
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Telephone: 617-933-4955
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Memorial Tree Planting to Celebrate the Life of Rosemary Bloom

Please join Adrian Bloom and Massachusetts Horticultural Society President Katherine Macdonald for a memorial tree planting in the Bressingham Garden to celebrate the life of Rosemary Bloom. 

Bressingham Group

October 15, 2014 4:30 pm in the Bressingham Garden

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About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Mass Hort logo newFounded 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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