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June 15th Garden Party at Elm Bank offers a 'Peek into the Manor House'


June 15th Garden Party at Elm Bank offers a “Peek into the Manor House”

June 3, 2017. WELLESLEY, MA Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Second Annual Garden party will take place on June 15th in the historic Italianate Garden featuring a one-night only “peek” into the neoclassical early 20th century Cheney-Baltzell Manor House. The garden benefit supports The Gardens at Elm Bank located at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. Henry Platt’s Jazz Quartet will be providing musical entertainment and Kathleen Fahey, Curator of the Wellesley Historical Society will be addressing our robust history of the Cheney-Baltzell estate and its historic Olmsted Brothers’ gardens.

Stephanie Chlan, of Stephanie Chlan Interiors, has decorated the Carrere and Hastings 1908 Manor House ballroom to reflect the grandeur of its time combined with a flair of the present. Guests will be able to peek into the “museum view” of the ballroom to imagine and highlight the possibilities of preserving this historic home.

Committee chair, Alicia Hesse-Cleary and committee members;  Lisa Abeles, Lisa Geiger, Stephanie Chlan, Annette Lee, Betsy Gibson, and Suzanne McCance, President of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts are planning an exciting evening for everyone to enjoy. Alicia Hesse-Cleary announced: “We will be raffling off two tickets to Hamilton in NYC for this Fall - the house seats are fabulous!”

Join Mass Hort for our Garden Party to support The Gardens at Elm Bank on Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6 - 8:30 p.m. to enjoy live music, cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres. Garden Party hats encouraged! For reservation please call Elaine Lawrence at 617-933-4945 or visit and click on the home page party link. Rain location will be in the Hunnewell Building.

The event will help announce Mass Hort’s Master Plan initiative to take us to our 200th anniversary in 2029. The initiative will support our objective to build Mass Hort’s future as a leading regional public garden tourism destination that demonstrates the science and practice of horticulture for the 21st century.  The plan will also address our historic gardens,  Manor House, and visitor amenities such as café, gift show, and visitor center.

Founded in 1829, Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s mission is to develop the public's enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of plants, gardens, design, and the environment.  Mass Hort is a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit and is supported by membership, sponsorships, and donations. The Gardens at Elm Bank are open from May 1 through Columbus Day, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free for Mass Hort Members, Adults: $10, Children under 12 free with adult. The entrance is located at 900 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA.





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Garden Party 2016


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Henry Platt Quartet



Manor House Ballroom 2014

Photos: John Harmon, photography

Massachusetts Horticultural Society holds Amateur Competitions at the Flower Show, 2017


March 12, 2017, WELLESLEY, MA. This year’s theme at Paragon’s The Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 22-26, 2017 will be Superheroes of the Garden. The show is held the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston.

This year’s Photography Competition is sure to please with their interpretation of the show theme. The Adult Division – Super Heroes of the Garden is co-chaired by Chris Wood & Christine Paxhia. The Youth Divisions - Super Heroes of Nature, is chaired by Arabella Dane. The competition is located in the lobby of the conference center.

The Youth Photography Division had a lot of fun with their theme “Super Heroes of Nature” and showcases winning entries from young people, ages 5-15. Judges were Charlie Burke, President of the Photography Society of America, MA, Carol Donnelly, Garden Club of America Photography Judge, ME, and Phyllis Meinke, President Lakes Region Camera Club, NH. Young people included a comment with their photo on how their image portrays a Super Hero of Nature. [Please see images/captions below]

Mass Hort continues its tradition of sponsoring amateur horticulture competition at the show. Floral Design, Division I – Super Powers, is presented by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. and Chair Lisa Pattinson. Floral Design - Division ll – Champions Among Us, includes the Open Classes presented by Massachusetts Horticultural Society and Chair, Marissa McCoy. You can find these beautiful floral designs in the Waterfront Ballroom in the conference center to the rear of the hall.

Ikebana International is presented by Ikebana International, Boston Chapter and co-chaired by Joanne Caccavale & Kaye Vosburgh. These wonderful designs will be located in the Waterfront Ballroom Lobby. Amateur Horticulture Competition & Exhibits, for the second year, will be located on the main Exhibit Hall Floor, chaired Hannah Traggis, Amateur Horticulture is made up of individual plant owners and societies groups, dedicated to the highest quality of plants and horticulture. On display will be individual plants, plant collections in bay windows and plant rooms. Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit, “School Gardens, Garden Mentors and Super Plants” will showcase school garden beds and ideas for learning and education through a home or school garden. Mass Hort’s exhibit Chair, John Forti, and designers Hannah Traggis, Seed to Table Educator; Katie Folts, Education Manager; and David Fiske, Gardens Curator have developed this fun exhibit.

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment. Mass Hort’s public gardens, The Gardens at Elm Bank, are located at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley on 36-acres in the Elm Bank Reservation, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gardens season is from May 1 through Columbus Day weekend.




Succulents. These are both succulent plants in a rock garden. Succulents can grow almost anywhere and can look beautiful while they stop soil from falling down. That is why they are Super Heroes.

Class 5, Entry 1, 1st place, Lizzie D., age 9.

Mass Hort membership has its benefits!

Our friend Hilda Morrill recently wrote about her July garden and pointed out the ways a Mass Hort membership has helped purchase plants for her garden. Read the article here.

Twilight Garden Party Celebrates 20 Years

Julie Moir Meservey, the designer of Weezie's Garden, attended the Twilight Garden Party and wrote about it on her blog. Read her article here.


Elm Bank Estate history revealed in local publication

Olivia Gieger, editor-in-chief of the The Bradford, Wellesley High School's student paper, has written an extensive article about the history of the Cheney-Baltzell mansion and the origin of the name "Elm Bank." Read the article here.

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.

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