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Education & Classes

 

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.

Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Afternoon Course
Tuesday 15 May 2018, 12:30pm - 03:30pm

Summer Glory II by Nan Rumpf

When: Tuesdays 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
April 3, 2018 - May 22, 2018

Where: Putnam Building at the Garden of Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Join us for this eight-week course with artist and instructor Nan Rumpf. Classes are designed to further develop your watercolor painting skills and techniques.  Each lesson is an activity designed to explore a different art element, principle, or painting technique. Explore the many possibilities of watercolor as you enhance your personal painting style and discover your artistic voice. Handouts, demos, painting examples, critiques will be supplied by the instructor. 

Nan Rumpf grew up in a small Iowa town on the banks of the Mississippi River, where she spent much of her childhood exploring the outdoors on her bicycle and daydreaming under a lilac bush. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. She currently lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She has worked as a professional puppeteer, designing and constructing her own puppets and masks. She organized dramatic arts workshops in public schools and libraries for twenty years. 

She has studied watercolor painting with Susan Swinand, Jane Goldman, Paul George, Charles Reid, Miles Batt, and Cheng Khee Chee. Her paintings have been exhibited at The DeCordova Museum School Gallery, The Danforth Museum, The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, The Attleboro Arts Museum, The Wellesley Free Library (First Place Award), The Center For The Arts in Natick, Art on the Common in Needham (First Place Award), The Clinton Art show (Best In Show), Post Road Art (First Place Award in the Abstract Show), The Wellesley Community Center (Margaret Fitzwilliam Award for Excellence in Watercolor), The New England Watercolor Society Show in Cotuit (Woodruff Art Center Award) and her painting Soaring was awarded by George Nick in Concord Art’s Juried Members show.  

She is a member of the Concord Art Association, the Wellesley Society of Artists, The Rhode Island Watercolor Society and is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society. She was chosen as one of the two art judges for The Amazing Things Summer Juried Art Show in 2012. Learn more at www.nanrumpf.com.

Member Cost: $330
Non Member Cost $380

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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.

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.

2018 Calendar & Courses

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Tue May 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Morning Course
Tue May 22 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Afternoon Course
Tue May 22 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
CANCELLED - Landscaping for Watershed Health
Thu May 24 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Greenhouse Growing
Wed May 30 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Spring Landscape Tour
Wed Jun 06 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Bio-control of Lily Leaf Beetles
Tue Jun 12 @ 1:00PM - 04:30PM
Eco Printing: Fiber art workshop
Tue Jun 26 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Explore the Teaching Herb Garden
Wed Jul 11 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Art of Planting Design
Wed Jul 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Summer Stroll: Garden tour
Sun Jul 22 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
What's Buggin' Me?
Sat Aug 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Fall Planting Workshop
Thu Aug 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Summer Stroll: Garden Tour
Sun Aug 12 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations in Ink with Bruce Iverson