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John Forti Named Director of Horticulture & Education at Mass Hort

August 22, 2014, WELLESLEY, MA.  The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is excited to announce that John Forti has been named the Director of Horticulture and Education, a major step in the implementation of our 10-year strategic plan.

John FortiJohn will be an exceptional addition to our dedicated staff, instrumental in realizing goals for our historic landscapes, teaching gardens, the garden-to-table initiative, education programs, and the development of tourism on our property. A nationally recognized lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist and garden writer, Forti comes to us from the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, where he created numerous award-winning gardens and educational programs in the role of the Curator of Historic Landscapes. He previously served as the Director of Horticulture at Plimoth Plantation Museum, where he created a gardens and seed program that brought international attention to the preservation of Pilgrim and Wampanoag heirloom crops. Read more

 

Dover Library offers Story Hour at Elm Bank in Wellesley

Every Wednesday, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society hosts young children with their parents for Story Hour in the gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley. This summer is slightly different than previous summers, with this being the first summer the event partnered with local libraries such as the Dover Town Library and the Wellesley Free Library.

Read the full story in the Hometown Weekly: Dover Library offers Story Hour at Elm Bank in Wellesley

Plantmobile at Wellesley Science and Technology Expo

Massachusetts Horticultural Society joined over 80 exhibitors at the Wellesley Science & Technology Expo on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Over 800 students pre-registered to attend the event and the high school venue was packed with families enjoying the many science exhibits. At the Mass Hort/Plantmobile exhibit, Katie Folts, Mass Hort Education Coordinator, April Daley, President of Massachusetts Master Gardeners and Elsa Lawrence, Master Gardener were very busy helping children discover the wonder of plants
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Mass Hort and the Boston Marathon

Mass Hort is involved with the Boston Marathon in two ways this year. Thanks to Peter Isberg, donations have been made to the Society in support of his run in this year's event. Mass Hort is also part of the effort to grow daffodils along the marathon route. Marathon Daffodils were planted in Wellesley and Natick with Mass Hort's volunteer support.

Support Mass Hort’s Marathon Runner Peter Isberg Marathon Runner Boston Strong
Marathon Daffodils
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Peter Isberg is running for Mass Hort Society! Please donate to his run. All proceeds help Mass Hort and the Gardens at Elm Bank. Please encourage the Boston Marathon runners on Patriots Day, April 21st while enjoying over 100,000 daffodils planted along the route to celebrate the Boston Marathon.

Mass Hort Exhibit - Eden on the Charles- wins three awards at the Boston Flower & Garden Show!

BOSTON, MA. March 12, 2014 The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit “Eden on the Charles” at the Boston Flower & Garden Show received the Allen C. Haskell Award, The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Emily Seaber Parcher Award, and the Ecological Landscape Association Environmental Vision Award and the Massachusetts Agriculture Ribbon.

The Boston Flower & Garden Show theme, Romance in the Garden is illustrated in Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit, Eden on the Charles, which highlights two love stories that took place at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank Estate in Dover, MA. The exhibit’s design depicts the courtship of Ray and Betty Frost canoeing down the Charles River at Elm Bank.

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Thank you to the design team, led by Suzanne Higham, and including Heather Heimarck, Julia Esteves, Piera Sassaroli, Jeff Dube and Bill Cuddy and Mass Hort staff David Fiske, Charlie Harris, and Clark Bryan for a job well done!

Read the full 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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