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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.

Upcoming Classes

Mon Apr 03 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Tue Apr 04 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Sat Apr 08 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Mon Apr 10 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Tue Apr 11 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Plants go to War
Tue Apr 11 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Thu Apr 13 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Pleaching, Pollarding, Coppicing and Practices of Pruning
Tue Apr 18 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Thu Apr 20 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Preparing Your Soil
Sat Apr 22 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017

Fundamentals of Landscape Design - Spring 2017

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

This six session course in landscape design is directed to the do-it-yourself home gardener who would like to design their own garden space. Mark Ahronian of Ahronian Landscaping and Design will lead you through all the steps of designing your chosen space, he'll even lead field trips to a nursery and one of his own completed designs. Each participant will leave the class with a complete design of their own making.

Course is $340 for members, $390 for non-members

Course meets Tuesday evenings, March 28 - April 25 6:30-8:30pm (NO CLASS April 18), and two Saturday mornings, April 8 and April 22 10am-noon.

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Plants go to War

 

When: Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Judith Sumner will lead an exploration of military history from a botanical perspective, from victory gardens and agriculture to drugs, rubber, coal, paper, timber, and fibers, the many plant products that supplied the military and the home front during a time of intense need and high demand.  Join us for a unique view of World War II through a botanical lens.

 

Judith Sumner is a botanist who specializes in ethnobotany, flowering plants, plant adaptations, and garden history. She has taught extensively both at the college level and at botanical gardens, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods. Judith graduated from Vassar College and completed graduate studies in botany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and at the British Museum (Natural History) and did extensive field work in the Pacific region on the genus Pittosporum.  

Judith has published monographic studies in the American Journal of Botany, Pollen et Spores, and Allertonia, as well as monographing two families for Flora Vitiensis Nova.  Her other projects and areas of interest have included field studies in the Great Smoky Mountains, work with AID/Santo Domingo on developing petroleum-rich plants, and a commitment to science education. Judith served as a visiting scientist for several summers in the LEAP (Learning About Plants) program at Harvard for Boston school teachers and has served as a National Public Radio Science Mentor. She has spent summers working with teachers the Museum Institutes for Teaching Science (MITS) program and conducting workshops on science writing. 

Judith has been a guest on the Martha Stewart Living television show, the PBS program "Cultivating Life" with Sean Conway, the Annenberg Channel, and various other PBS and educational programs. She recently presented a First Friday lecture at the Boston Museum of Science and was a featured lecturer at the Herb Society (USA) annual meeting. Her recent Arnold Arboretum lecture on victory gardens is available for viewing online at the WGBH Forum website. Her column “The Gardener’s Kitchen” (under the pseudonym Laura Craig) appeared in Horticulture magazine for several years. She also contributes online to the blog and Herbarium website of the Herbal Academy of New England.

Learn more about Judith at www.JudithSumner.com

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

 

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Pleaching, Pollarding, Coppicing and Practices of Pruning

 

 

When: Thursday April 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Putnam Building

Warren Leach, Landscape Horticulturist and owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, MA, will show how a diversity of pruning and training techniques can be used to create impressive structure in the garden. Pruning at different times of the year is key to promoting flowering as well as promoting a particular plant structure. Strong pruning and cutting back can be used not only to control the size of a plant but to enhance its ornamental beauty, promoting vigorous growth and oversized leaves. Warren will highlight a diversity of trees and shrubs that respond dramatically to this quirky pruning. The class will start with a PowerPoint presentation and then move out to the for hands-on demonstration and workday planned to rehabilitate the beech hedge and woody plants in the restored Olmsted Firm Italianate garden.

Bring a bagged lunch and we will picnic together mid-day. 

Free for members
$12 for general admission

Rain Date is April 14

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Seed Starting Workshop

 

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When: Saturday April 22, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

This hands-on workshop, led by Mass Hort Seed to Table Educator Hannah Traggis, will have you start your own seeds to take home for your garden. Through a series of demonstrations, you will learn the proper care and handling of a variety of young seedlings. You will also practice transplanting to promote the sturdiest and healthiest seedlings! Seeds and materials will be provided. Feel free to bring your own selection of seeds to plant!

 

Hannah Traggis manages Mass Hort's edible gardens throughout The Gardens at Elm Bank. She oversees the Seed to Table vegetable garden which produces more than 4,000 pounds of produce each year to support our educational mission and local food pantries.

Members: $20
General Admission: $30

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Bees in Springtime

 

When: Tuesday April 25, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Bees pollinate dozens of plants that bloom in the springtime, so now is the time to set up beehives in gardens, on rooftops, at home or even at work. Engage with bee expert Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. and a beekeepers from The Best Bees Company to learn how to set up habitat in springtime with bees in mind.

Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. is a biologist, professor, NYTimes & LATimes contributor, two-time TEDx speaker, beekeeper, uncle, and author of The Bee: A Natural History published by Princeton University Press. Noah’s research focuses on bee immunology. Noah is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of The Best Bees Company, a beekeeping service that delivers, installs, and manages beehives for residential and commercial properties nation-wide. Proceeds from The Best Bees Company go toward research to improve bee health. This research is based out of the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Boston’s South End. More information at bestbees.com and beesanctuary.org.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Preparing Your Soil

 

When: Thursday April 20, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

It takes great soil to make a great garden and a great gardener. Improving your soil before you begins, making compost and following good gardening practices to keep your soil healthy and your garden thriving.

Gretel Anspach is a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and a recently-retired systems engineer for Raytheon. Gretel helped to establish and maintain two food production gardens that have provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for the last eight years. Gretel considers her gardening interests to be eclectic, which is to say she know a little about a lot of different areas, but not too much about any one thing in particular.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Preparing the Garden for Spring & Summer

 

 

 

 

 

When: Thursday April 27, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Spring is a busy time of year and often essential chorse get lost in the craziness. In this talk, Charlie Nardozzi will walk us through, step by step, plant by plant, the various gardening chores that should be done and how to do them. From pruning to dividing, planting to lawn care, Charlie will make sure you have a list of tasks to take home.

 

His latest book, New England Month by Month Gardening, released in 2016, will be on hand for sales and signing. 

Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 25 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. Learn more about Charlie at www.GardeningWithCharlie.com.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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Permaculture Design

When: Tuesdays 6:00 to 8:00 PM
July 18  through August 8, 2017

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

Audit this UMass Class through Mass Hort. By registering here, you will be registering for a reduced rate, and will receive NO COLLEGE CREDIT. If you would like to register for credit, register through UMass, www.umassulearn.net

Member Cost: $150
Non Member Cost $200

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Landscaping and Planting Design

When: Thursdays 6:00 to 9:00 PM
September 14  through October 18, 2017

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

Audit this UMass Class through Mass Hort. By registering here, you will be registering for a reduced rate, and will receive NO COLLEGE CREDIT. If you would like to register for credit, register through UMass, www.umassulearn.net

Member Cost: $150
Non Member Cost $200

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Mon Apr 03 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Sat Apr 08 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Tue Apr 11 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Plants go to War
Thu Apr 13 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Pleaching, Pollarding, Coppicing and Practices of Pruning
Tue Apr 18 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Thu Apr 20 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Preparing Your Soil
Sat Apr 22 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Seed Starting Workshop
Tue Apr 25 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Bees in Springtime
Thu Apr 27 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Preparing the Garden for Spring and Summer
Tue Jul 18 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Permaculture Design
Thu Sep 14 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Landscaping and Planting Design