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Mass Hort at Elm Bank Is a Hidden Gem

Katherine K. Macdonald, executive director of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, talks about what makes it Wellesley's hidden gem.

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Discover a Hidden Gem in Wellesley that you may have driven by and never known it existed. Or maybe you have not visited this interesting spot in years. So take a little trip with Patch...we’ll show you the way.

To get to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society – The Gardens at Elm Bank from the east, one must drive through almost the entirety of Wellesley, past the outskirts of Wellesley College, by a local farm and eventually over a wooden bridge on which only one car can drive at a time.

But once there, you’ll be treated to 36 acres of grasses, plants, vast green expanses, beautiful historic buildings and a good dose of peace and quiet.

Located on the Wellesley/Dover line, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society has activities and plant and herb sales year round – the hilly terrain makes it a great winter sledding spot, too!

Garden to Table Program featured in Patriot Ledger

Our Garden to Table program has been given an extensive treatment in the Patriot Ledger.  Katherine Macdonald, our Executive Director, along with Vegetable Garden Keeper, Betty Sanders, are interviewed and discuss the gardens.

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Kathy Macdonald interviewed for the Boston Globe's Bibliophiles section

Kathy Macdonald was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe for their weekly "Bibliophiles" section (Who's reading what, and why?) Find out what Kathy's reading...

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Green Thumbs Flock to Wellesley's First 'Tomatomania'

Bret Silverberg, of the Wellesley Patch, recaps our 27th Annual Society Row Plant Sale that included the first appearance of White Flower Farm's presentation of Tomatomania!

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A message from the Executive Director

Not even snowfall on the first day of spring could dampen our spirits after the success of the 2011 Boston Flower and Garden Show.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Blooms! exhibits at the Boston Flower and Garden Show were a big hit! Our booth had a constant stream of people interested in society membership, with questions about educational programs and the plantings in our demonstration vegetable garden. Many people have marked their calendars for White Flower Farm's Tomatomania and Society Row on May 22nd. And, we hope people will check our web site and Facebook page for lectures and demonstrations as part of the new Garden to Table program, which will focus on nutritious cooking from the home garden.

The Big Blue Chair attracted the young at heart for a classic Flower Show photo opportunity, and people of all ages marveled at the meticulous, miniature landscapes. The two floral design divisions maintained their standard of excellence, while amateur horticulture provided a glimpse at the array of plants we can grow in our own homes.

Blooms is an amazing tribute to the efforts of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's volunteer community. Thank you to Neal Sanders, our Blooms' Chair for his skill orchestrating a wonderful Blooms' exhibit with many moving parts. His senior management team included Maureen Christmas, Chair of Division I; Joyce Bakshi, Chair of Division II; Beth Hume, photography; Ans Vaatstra, Ikebana; Betty Sanders, Mass Hort garden exhibit design; Debi Hogan and Warren Leach for mini-gardens; Martha Clouse, AmHort Chair; Clark Bryan of Mass Hort for operations management; and Vivien Bouffard, our volunteer manager who pulled together the over 300 volunteers who made Blooms! possible. We also thank Paul Miskovsky for his generous contribution of flowers, plants, and trees.

But above all, Blooms is at the core of Massachusetts Horticultural Society's mission to help educate the public about plants and provide a showcase for designers and amateur horticulturalist to share their craft.

Thank you one and all for making Blooms! and the show such a success.


Katherine K. Macdonald

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.

2017 Calendar & Courses

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Thu May 04 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
2017 Master Gardener Training Course
Thu May 04 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Taste of Wellesley
Thu May 11 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
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