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.
Parkman Room of the Education Building
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Do you enjoy touring beautiful gardens? We will show you the best public gardens, nursery display gardens, and private gardens open to the public in the Northeast to visit for inspiration! Learn about each garden's highlights, ideal times to visit, and enjoy a visual tour of each amazing destination.
Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker are avid gardeners, plant collectors, garden designers and writers. They lecture on a variety of gardening topics to garden clubs and community education organizations. Past presidents of the Holliston Garden Club, both Jana and Joan are active in the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and other horticultural societies.
Jana is owner of Enchanted Gardens, a boutique landscape design firm serving Metrowest Boston. She writes gardening articles which are available on her website blog at enchantedgardensdesign.com.
Joan is past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council, an accredited Flower Show Judge, and has chaired the floral design competition at the Boston Flower and Garden Show. She has also worked as a horticulturalist at Weston Nurseries.
To learn more about our presenters and Enchanted Gardens, please visit their website, www.enchantedgardensdesign.com.
Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20
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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