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Adult Education

In our 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.

Check out our calendar and read descriptions below to find a class that suits your needs interests.

Holiday Hort Gifts

 

 

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Cheney Room

Bring your family to the Festival of Trees, and make sure you bring the kids by to craft a couple gifts. Using paper whites and succulents, kids can create their own gifts to grow or to give this holiday season.

Material Fee: $5/craft

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Make Your Own Herbal Gifts

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Cheney Room

Prepare for the holiday gift-giving season and get inspired to be crafty and creative with herbs! There are many wonderful ways to use herbs and essential oils to create natural and unique holiday gifts. In this class we will cover several herbal projects that make for delightful and practical gifts for friends and family, including herbal infused oils and salves, and elderberry syrup. Each participant will make an aromatherapy spray to take home together with recipes for other herbal gifts.

Steph Zabel is an herbalist and educator based in Somerville, MA. For over a decade she has combined her passions for natural medicine, community outreach, and education. She holds a Master’s degree in ethnobotany, and is a graduate of several herbal apprenticeships including a three-year training in clinical herbalism. Steph began her professional career working in the botanical collections of the Harvard University Herbaria. Her current work focuses on teaching practical & inspiring herbal classes and offering dynamic wellness sessions. Steph is also the founder of HERBSTALK, Boston’s vibrant community herbal conference, through which she creates accessible educational opportunities for all plant enthusiasts. 

To learn more about Steph, visit her website!

Members: $25
General Admission: $40

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Tour: Harvard's Glass Flower Collection

When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Harvard University's Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us for a special tour of one of the Harvard's most famous treasures- the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the “Glass Flowers." This unique collection of over 4,000 models, representing more than 830 plant species, was created by glass artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, a father and son from Dresden, Germany.

$20 members
$30 general admission

Pre-registration required

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Botany for the Home Gardener

When: Tuesdays, January 16, 23, 30 and February 6 and 13, 2018 from 7:00 PM to  8:30 PM

Where: Cheney Room of the Education Building 

In this five-session course, join our Senior Horticulturist, Hannah Traggis, to explore the fundamentals of plant structures and their function, reproductive and floral biology, introductory concepts in physiology and metabolism, and overall systematic organization and classification of major plant groups within the plant kingdom. Participants will better understand the world of plants and gain a far deeper appreciation for their wonder. 

$150 members
$200 general admission

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Designing the Winter Landscape

 

When: Wednesday January 17 & 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Cheney Room

Maria von Brincken will help you design an outdoor space that uses texture, color, and mass planting to create visual interest throughout the winter. Winter gardens also create a backdrop for seasonal flower gardens. Featuring our Bressingham Garden, her design work, and others, Maria will introduce you to lay-out and plant lists that will inspire your garden planning during these cold months. Weather permitting, dress for a tutorial walk in our winter gardens. There will be class time for you to experiment with winter planting combinations and layout that could work in your own gardens.

Maria von Brincken, principle of Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design, is an award-winning certified designer (APLD and LI) celebrating her 21st year in professional practice. Maria specializes in custom beautiful spaces and colorful flower gardens using native and ornamental plants.

Trained as a fine artist, color theorist, and organic gardener Maria brings years of critical design thinking to her landscape solutions. Her design has been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine, Landscape Ideas You Can Use and others. 

Her lectures and workshops have been featured at Mass Hort, Boston The Flower Show, Radcliffe Seminars and the LI, Conn. Master Gardener’s Conference, Perennial Plant Conference, ELA- just to name a few. Her lectures, classes, and workshops teach successful ways of thinking and techniques.

Learn more about Maria and her work at www.mariavonbrincken.com

Must Pre-register

Members: $135
Non-Members: $175 

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Grow Your Own Succulent Container


When:
Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Come for a fun evening and learn what you need to know to maintain a container planting of succulents. Carrie Waterman will bring a selection of plants to show the diversity of succulent plants. She will discuss the best species to keep in containers and how to care and propagate your own succulents. Afterward, Barb Rietscha of Stow Greenhouses will provide materials so every student can create a long-lasting, low-maintenance garden. Must pre-register.

Members: $40
General Admission: $60

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Greenhouse Growing and Maintenance



When: Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Putnam Building

David Fiske, Mass Hort Gardens Curator, will lead a workshop that will show you ways to best utilize your greenhouse and indoor growing spaces. He’ll discuss not only how to use these spaces to grow specific plants and starts, but also review maintenance needs that should be on your seasonal checklist.

Member Cost: $25
Non Member Cost $40

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Digital Photography: Capturing Botanic Images


Photo Credit: Melissa Pace

When:Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Melissa Pace, garden educator, artist and photographer, will lead a workshop that will give you an understanding of the elements of photography; line, texture, shape, space and color to add “wow” to your garden photography. This program is ideal for novice photographers using tablets, phones and simple cameras.

Member Cost: $75
General Admission Cost $110

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Landscaping and Planting Design

When: Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00 PM
January 25 - February 15  2018

Where: Cheney Room of the Education Building
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Instructor Warren Leach, Landscape Horticulturist, will focus on fundamental principles of design used in creating landscapes and garden spaces and composing planting designs using a complement of woody and herbaceous plants.

Classes will be held Thursdays, January 25 - February 15 at The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA.

Member Cost: $125
Non Member Cost $160

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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.

Mass Hort Classes & Events

Fri Nov 24 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Sat Nov 25 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Sun Nov 26 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Wed Nov 29 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Thu Nov 30 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Fri Dec 01 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Sat Dec 02 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Sat Dec 02 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Make Your Own Herbal Gifts
Sat Dec 02 @ 4:00PM - 06:00PM
Holiday Hort Gifts
Sun Dec 03 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Wed Dec 06 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Thu Dec 07 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Fri Dec 08 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Sat Dec 09 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Sun Dec 10 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Mon Dec 11 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Tue Jan 09 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Tour: Harvard's Glass Flower Collection
Tue Jan 16 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener
Wed Jan 17 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Designing the Winter Landscape
Thu Jan 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Grow Your Own Succulent Container
Sat Jan 20 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Greenhouse Growing and Maintenance
Wed Jan 24 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Digital Photography: Capturing Botanic Images
Thu Jan 25 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Landscaping and Planting Design