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Vegetable Gardening for Everyone with Susan Hammond 

Thursday March 31, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Are you ready to start thinking about growing your own vegetables? Do you have an existing garden that needs some new plans or planning an entirely new veggie garden? This lecture will help the new or experienced gardener get started with their vegetable garden planning, from reviewing the basics of what vegetables need and planning ahead to meet those needs. Especially designed for beginners, but applicable for all, Master Gardner Susan Hammond will share her expertise and practical knowledge to cover everything from site selection, seed selection, and garden space considerations for plants.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

Seed Starting, Hands On Workshop 

Saturday April 16, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Putnam Building 

This hands-on workshop, led by Master Gardener Gretel Anspach and Mass Hort Seed to Table Educator Hannah Traggis, will have you starting your own seeds to take home for your garden. You will also learn through a series of demonstrations, the proper care and handling of a variety of young seedlings. You will also get to practice transplanting them from one size pot to the next to promote the sturdiest and healthiest seedlings! This workshop is a fun followup to the Thursday April 14th Seed Starting Lecture, but the lecture is not required for attending the workshop.

Seeds and materials will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own selection of seeds to plant!

We highly encourage teachers and school garden volunteers to attend both the lecture and this hands-on workshop to learn this invaluable skill. Seed related curriculum will also be provided to use in your school garden.

This workshop is highly applicable for School Gardens and garden educators.

$25 members/$35 non-members

Seed Starting Lecture with Gretel Anspach 

Thursday April 14, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Get a jump on the season by starting your own plants from seeds - less expensive than buying transplants, starting your own also gives you a much broader selection of interesting varieties to try!  Master Gardener Gretel Anspach will discuss seed choices, start times, and growing methods, including windowsill and grow-light gardening. Whether you are interested in annuals, perennials, edibles, or even shrubs and trees, this lecture will give you the information you need to go from starting a seed to planting it in the ground.

This lecture is highly applicable for school gardens and garden educators.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

Organic Lawn Care

Whether your concerns are about family members, pets, or the environment, the trend toward a greener style of property management includes your lawn for many. Bruce Wenning of the Ecological Landscape Alliance will review a no-nonsense approach to having a chemical free lawn, and clear up much of the rhetoric involved in decision making when it comes to using or not using chemicals.

Learn more about the Ecological Landscape Alliance, here.

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

Tree Care 101: Essentials to Keep Your Landscape Trees Healthy

Thursday April 7, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Join a Massachusetts Certified Arborist to discuss the basics of caring for our landscape trees and identifying threats to tree health. Adam Cervin is District Manager of Hartney Greymont, a Division of the Davey Tree Expert Company. Adam has cared for trees throughout New England for over 20 years and is passionate about nurturing woody plants of all kinds.

Learn more about Hartney Greymont, here.

Member Cost: $12
Non-Member Cost $20

Landscape Plants Credited Course


Mass Hort is now Partnering the Stockbridge School at UMass to offer classes at The Gardens at Elm Bank for UMass credit!

Introduction to 50 common native and non-native ornamental species in landscape architecture, horticulture and urban forestry in New England. Plant identification from a horticultural perspective covering plant morphology and botany. Horticultural and environmental requirements of each plant will be discussed.

Class will meet in Wellesley twice a week for four weeks.

Tuesdays and Thursdays May 17 - June 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Pre-registration required, register now at

1 credit through UMass Amherst 

$450 for Massachusetts Residents

$660 for Others

Daylilies and Perennial Transplanting 

Saturday May 7, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Carl Harmon, of Harmon Hill Farm, will lead a presentation on the diverse world of daylily culture. Following a brief, indoor introduction, join him in the Daylily Display Garden to get your hands dirty as you learn how to divide these and other perennials. You'll also get a chance to pot a plant to take home!

Member Cost: $5

Non-Member Cost $8

Earth Day Celebration and Garden Clean Up

 Saturday April 23, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Celebrate Earth Day with Mass Hort!

Join us for a morning of community and help us prepare our gardens and landscapes for spring! Bring your family and friends, garden tools to help us kick off our garden season!

Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. - noon 

Check in at the Hunnewell Building


Rain Date April 26, 9am - noon

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Rev Up for Spring: Seed Sowing, Growing and More!
Thu Mar 29 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Vegetable Gardening: Planning, Preparing and Maintaining Your Victory Garden
Tue Apr 03 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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Tue Apr 03 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
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Sat Apr 21 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Grafting Fruit Trees
Thu May 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Sun May 06 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Early Season Gardening Workshop
Thu May 17 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Greenhouse Growing
Tue May 22 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
Landscaping for Watershed Health
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
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What's Buggin' Me?
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