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Fall Line Up of Events at Mass Hort

September 9, 2015, WELLESLEY, MA.  

Massachusetts Horticultural Society has a great fall lineup of speakers and events for everyone to enjoy. Beginning September 16th, Sir Peter Crane, the Dean of the Yale School of Forestry will speak about the Ginkgo Tree and his new book: Ginkgo, The Tree That Time Forgot. There will be a reception before the lecture and will conclude with a book signing. On Sunday, September 20, Mass Hort’s Fall Harvest Dinner will help support their Garden to Table Program. Celebrity Chef Mary Dumont will cook up a feast for all to enjoy, featuring local foods and beverages. This a long-table outdoor harvest dinner will take place in the Maple Grove under the stars.  Sunday, Sunday, September 27, the Princess Giorgiana Corsini will visit the Italianate Garden for a reception, followed by a lecture by the Princess on Italian Gardens and the Renaissance.  Thursday, October 15, Honorary Medals Dinner: Kris S. Jarantoski, Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden and keynote speakerwill be honored as the George Robert White Medal of Honor for excellence.

Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot
, by Professor Sir Peter Crane

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Join us for a reception and lecture with Professor Sir Peter Crane, author of Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot and Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale.


One of the world's most unique trees, the ginkgo has remained unchanged for more than two hundred million years. Its history spans as far back as the dinosaurs and includes survival through the ice ages. Once found isolated in China, the ginkgo is a beloved ornamental tree throughout the world, known for its unusual leaves, edible nuts and long-life span. Sir Peter Crane will lecture on this tree's story, and its connection to cultures through medicine, art and religious inspiration.


Members $20, non-members: $25

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Or call 617-933-4973

Location:  Mass Hort Society, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley

Fall Harvest Festival Dinner

Sunday, September 20, 5:00 - 8:30pm 

DumontCome and celebrate all that is local and abundant! Chef Mary Dumont will prepare a harvest meal from local farms and our vegetable garden at Elm Bank. Local beverages will be highlighted, including Stormalong Cider from Sherborn, and a special wet hops brew from Elm Bank.


Join us for an evening celebrating the fall harvest and building community in the Gardens at Elm Bank! Showcasing the best of local agriculture and seasonal heirloom foods, come share a place at our tables enjoying fine open-air dining, hand-crafted beverages, and music and dancing under the goddesses in the Maple Grove! Twilight tours of the gardens will lead to us to gather together for a festive seated dinner culminating in a magical illuminated candle labyrinth!


This event supports the Garden to Table program which strives to build strong local food systems from the seeds planted to the food grown and harvested and shared within the community.


Members: $65, non-members: $75.


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Or call 617-933-4973


Location: Mass Hort Society, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley

Culture of the Gardens in the Italian Renaissance, with Princess Giorgiana Corisini

Sunday 27 September 2015, 5:00- 7:00pm


Giorgiana CorsiniWe are delighted to welcome Princess Giorgiana Corsini who will speak on the history and culture of gardens in the Renaissance. Princess Giorgiana and Prince Filippo Corsini come from an historical Florentine family dating back to the twelfth century. Their Palace del Prato in central Florence dates back to the 14th century and its extensive gardens are highlighted by symmetrical box hedges, ancient statuary and potted citrus plants. She brings rich understanding and hands-on experience in gardening and will, no doubt, give ideas to elegantly enhance our New England gardens.


Giorgiana Corsini is an expert with hands-on experience in both Renaissance Italian classical gardens and aristocratic wineries in Tuscany. She travels and lectures throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. Join us for a reception and lecture. Space is limited, please register by September 22.


Members: $20, non-members: $25.


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Or call 617-933-4973


Location: Mass Hort Society, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley





Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:30 pm


Each year, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society presents the Honorary Medals Dinner where the leading horticulturist are honored.  The event gives us the opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of horticulturalists, plant innovators, and those who have made significant contributions to the enjoyment and appreciation of plants and the environment.  The 2015 honorees include: The George Robert White Awardee, Kris S. Jarantoski, Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Keynote speaker;The Thomas Roland Medal, Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, The Jackson Dawson Memorial Award, The American Chestnut Foundation; Gold Medal Awardees: Roger Cook,  of This Old House,  Mrs. Dorrance H. Hamilton, for her support of excellence in horticulture through the Preservation Society of Newport County, Flower Show, Mrs. Maureen Ruettgers, for her support of excellence in horticulture at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and Silver Medals to the Preservation Society of Newport County, Flower Show for promoting the appreciation and understanding of horticulture to the general public, and Suzanne Thatcher of Russell’s Nurseries for her noteworthy service in horticulture.


The Honorary Medals Dinner helps support the mission of Mass Hort.


Dinner: $130.00 per person.


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Or call 617-933-4973


Location: Mass Hort Society, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA





Mass Hort Opens New Visitors Center at The Gardens at Elm Bank

Welcome to The Gardens at Elm Bank new Visitors Center! The Vistors Center is located in Flora, the Tudor-style shingle and stucco gardener'scottage, which was built by Benjamin Cheney in 1876. It is adjacent to the parking lot. The staff is there to greet garden visitors and provide information about the property and Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Opening for the garden season, May 1- Columbus Day, the gardens are opened Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden admission is $8.00 per adult, children under 12 free. Members enjoy free admission. Memberships may be purchased in the Visitors Center (or online): individuals:  $55 and family:  $90.  Memberships and admissions help support the care and maintenance of The Gardens at Elm Bank and Mass Hort's educational mission.

All parking is in the two main parking lots opposite the Visitors Center. We have established new traffic and walking patterns.  

Also, Flora has a new members lounge so you can relax before or after your garden visit. Thank you to donations by Diane Valle, Susan Mooney, and Needham Bank and many others for their help with making our new Visitors Center a reality.


Art Gallery Opens in Flora Visitors Center

The Flora Visitors Center Art Gallery is currently featuring watercolors by Wellesley artist Yale Nicolls. Yale Nicolls is a watercolorist who has participated in many juried shows throughout New England. She is a board member and past president of Wellesley Society of Artists, and is a member of the Rhode Island and New England Water Color Societies. Enjoy her beautiful paintings of flowers in this show- many were painted from The Gardens at Elm Bank.  

The Gardeners’ Fair at Elm Bank, Saturday, May 16, 2015 – for all your gardening needs!

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May 6, 2015, WELLESLEY, MA

Gardeners2014 22The Gardeners’ Fair will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s The Gardens at Elm Bank, Route 16, in Wellesley. The Gardeners' Fair is an opportunity to find rare and unusual perennials, trees and shrubs; ready-to-plant herbs and vegetables; and tomato varieties by the dozens. It's also a chance to hear talks by experts, find unique garden tools, garden ornaments and accessories, as well as other gardening necessities. The fair will feature tomatoes by Allandale Farm, the Herb Society Plant Sale and over 20 vendors.  Admission is $5 per car for the general public, free for Mass Hort members.

WellesleyBand 2950The Gardeners’ Fair provides fun and shopping for the whole family!  Mass Hort will sponsor daily children’s programs and garden tours. Don’t miss the Wellesley Band who will entertain at 1:00 p.m., Event Specialist’s Food’s truck will be on site. The New England Unit of the Herb Society Garden activities will include:  tours at 9:00 a.m., tours at noon, family-oriented workshops, Fairy Houses at 10:00 a.m., and Herbal Seed Starting at 1:00 p.m.

Vendors from around New England will be here selling plants and garden supplies to help you get your garden and yard ready for the summer. This year’s vendors include: Allandale Farm, NE Unit Herb Society of America Herbs, New England Daylily Society, Nasketucket Gardens, Buxton Branch, Am. Begonia Soc., Lyndigo Spice, LLC,   American Rhododendron Society MA , James Hardie Building Products, Slug Shield, Lorelei's, Iron Arts, Eastern Plant Specialties, Coldbrooke Pottery, The Warren Farm and Sugarhouse, MDAR,  Boston Event Specialist Food’s truck, Deborah's Kitchen, Hummingbird Crossing, Ginny Remedi Designs, Stonegate Farm and Flowers,  New England Hosta Society, Conifer Society, Greystone Garden, Teaberry Gardens, and McCrea's Candies.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society and The Gardens at Elm Bank are located at 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, MA 02482.

Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative Meeting, 2014

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The Fall 2014 Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative Meeting - Monday October 20
Speaker: Senator Stan Rosenberg, the next Senate President.
Thank you to New England Wild Flower Society for hosting us at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

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Landscape Design Council Awards Mass Hort Exhibit at Flower Show

Landscape Design Council Awards 2015 Boston Flower & Garden Show Exhibitors

BOSTON, MA--March 10, 2015--The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts presented three awards at the 2015 Boston Flower & Garden Show, which officially opens today. Winners of the awards are the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; Miskovsky Landscaping and Haskell Nursery; and Magma Design Group, Inc.

The LDC panel of judges was made up of LDC board members Jana Milbocker of Holliston MA, Mary Bowen Nokes of Lexington MA, and Frances Y J Wheeler of West Boxford MA. Linda Corapi of Stoneham MA served as clerk.

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Enchanting Woodland Walk

The LDC's Emily Seaber Parcher Award is given for excellence in landscape design of a naturalistic garden of less than 1,000 square feet. "An Enchanted New England Woodland Walk," the winning exhibit by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, transitioned from a rustic backyard seating area into a woodland filled with interesting plants, a vernal pool, stone walls, and the occasional whimsical woodland dweller.

Much Beauty in Little Space

Landscape Design Award I, bestowed by the LDC for excellence in landscape design of a professional garden exhibit, was presented to an exhibit presented jointly by Miskovsky Landscaping and Haskell Nursery. Designed to show that one doesn’t need a large space to create a beautiful garden, the exhibit included 100 plant varieties exhibiting varying forms, textures, and colors; stone pathways with a 6’-wide granite waterwheel fountain; and a resting area festooned--and roofed--with plants.

Water from Stone

Landscape Design Award II, given to a Boston Flower & Garden Show exhibitor for the effective use of garden ornaments, water features, specimen trees, or topiary in creating good design, was awarded to Magma Design Group, Inc., for the exhibit “Feathers and Wedges.” The exhibit’s intent was to “celebrate working with stone in unique and artful ways.” Designed to demonstrate wall building, stone shaping, and granite splitting, the exhibit also included finished stone pieces, including a stunning arch that dripped water from the top, creating a curtain of droplets in front of a vertical backdrop of ferns.

Flower-show attendees may view the award-winning exhibits, as well as the many other landscape exhibits admired by the LDC judges, from March 11 to 15 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Show hours, ticket information, and directions are available at

About the Winners

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (, headquartered at Elm Bank in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

Miskovsky Landscaping ( of Falmouth, Massachusetts, is headed by Paul Miskovksy, who blends an extensive knowledge of plants with the ability to sculpt landscapes using powerful machinery. A 1984 graduate in commercial floriculture from UMASS Stockbridge, Miskovsky has been practicing his craft for approximately 30 years. Haskell Nursery ( in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, is headed by well-known plantsman David Haskell.

Headquartered in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Magma Design Group ( designs and constructs landscapes that offer fresh perspectives, solve problems, and meet budgetary needs. Each project begins with an understanding of the environmental, cultural, and historical conditions of a site, and the needs of the client. Design solutions are considered within the context of sustainable design and construction practices with the goal of creating a landscape that blends seamlessly into the environment.

The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts

Organized in 1963, the Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts operates under the auspices of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) and is a special-subjects group of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. The purpose of LDC is to provide ongoing landscape-design education through speakers, workshops, and tours of outstanding public and private areas. The Massachusetts chapter is the largest Council in the US. It provides judges for the Boston Flower & Garden Show and presents three landscape-design awards of its own.

The Membership

LDC members have completed the Landscape Design Study Program, a series of four 10-hour courses, and passed the required examinations, entitling them to become NGC-accredited Landscape Design Consultants. Members act in an advisory capacity to encourage awareness of the need for good landscape architectural practice, serving as guardians of environmental beauty by applying what they have learned to individual and community projects. LDC members promote environmental interests through work on town committees and boards. Members have been responsible for many landscaping projects at municipal buildings and other public areas in their cities and towns. A number have gone on to earn certificates in landscape design, or Master's degrees in landscape architecture, and to establish their own businesses.

For more information about the Landscape Design Study Program, contact program chairman Maureen O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-407-006. For more information about LDC, contact chairman Tinka Zeitvogel at 781-237-7299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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