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Welcome to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Press Room. Here you will find information about the Society and upcoming events.

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Boston Globe Covers Mass Hort's Digital Prints Release

Carol Stocker of the Boston Globe let the newspaper's readers know about the access to Mass Hort's Digital Prints in her latest coverage of local gardening and horticultural news.  Read the full article here.

Fund for Wellesley Grant helping gardeners give back

Gardeners Give Back
Katya Portnaya (l), student gardener, and Joan Parker, master gardener, harvest produce at the Elm Bank Reservation's vegetable garden, to be given to the Wellesley Food Pantry. The Fund for Wellesley, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the Wellesley Food Pantry are collaborating in the initiative. Wicked Local staff photo / Kate Flock



As the twice-weekly harvest drew to a close Monday, master gardener Susan Hammond walked back to the Garden to Table garden at Elm Bank and asked everyone who was left to guess how much the day’s harvest had yielded.

Bryce Hawes, the intern at the garden, was the closest. His guess of 75 pounds was just half a pound off from the 75.5 that would soon be headed to the Wellesley Food Pantry.

"We forget that there are always people in need," Hawes said Monday as he surveyed the wide variety of organic foods being grown in the garden. "That tends to be forgotten when we drive past suburban life."

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society has, for five years now, been providing fresh produce on a weekly basis to the Wellesley Food Pantry. This week will be a small part of what Horticulture Director John Forti said will ultimately be approximately 2,000 pounds that will end up in the hands of food pantry clients.

Another 2,000 pounds goes to the Natick Food Pantry, he said, when gardeners return for their Thursday harvests throughout the summer and into the early fall.

(read the full artcle here)

The Gardens at Elm Bank Opens for the Season May 1st

WELLESLEY, MA April 20, 2015 - The Gardens at Elm Bank will open May 1st with a focus on kids and families this season, announced Katherine Macdonald, President of Massachusetts Horticultural Society. This beautiful garden destination, located in Metro West and fifteen miles from downtown Boston, offers over 16 acres of gardens and historic landscapes. The Gardens at Elm Bank are open from May 1 through Columbus Day, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 4pm. Admission is free for Mass Hort Members, for Visitors: Adults: $8, Children under 12 free with adult. The entrance is located at 900 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA.

This summer, families will enjoy daily garden tours free with membership or daily admission. Tours meet at 11 am at the new Visitors' Center located in the "Flora" cottage adjacent to the parking lot. Youth and Family Programs will be held on Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 11 am, and will meet in Weezie's Children's Garden.

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The goddess statues, Flora, Ceres, and Pomona, overlook the Maple Grove at The Gardens at Elm Bank.

John Forti, Mass Hort Director of Education and Horticulture noted: "I am excited to explore new ways by which we can engage all of our visitors with hands-on outdoor education that can inspire a sense of place shared by the generations. Each year we will be planting the seeds of our intention with an annual theme, beginning with our 2015 theme of "Youth and Family Engagement". This will be evident in our public programs, educational outreach, and most importantly throughout the landscapes and gardens of Elm Bank. When you visit Elm Bank in the coming season, you can explore inspiring, new pathways to learning, including daily garden tours of the site, family discovery guides, and hands-on garden programs in our children's garden."

The Gardens at Elm Bank are a wonderful natural resource for people of all ages to enjoy, whether you are interested in plants or gardening or just relaxing in the beautiful landscape. Located at 900 Washington Street in Wellesley (Route 16), on the 36-acre Cheney estate in the Elm Bank Reservation, the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The estate includes twelve display gardens, some highlights include the Italianate Garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers, The Bressingham Garden, a magnificent four-season perennial garden displaying a mixture of perennials, trees, and shrubs, the magical Weezies' Children's garden with butterfly garden, and our Garden to Table display vegetable garden. Yet to be restored is an Asian Garden with old boat house and bridge designed by the Olmsted Brothers in an area called the canal. The 36-acres is adjacent to the Elm Bank Reservation's woodland trails that follow along the Charles River.

Check out Mass Hort's web site (masshort.org) for membership information and educational activities and events offered at the gardens. There is something for everyone! A June 2nd Garden to Table program offers an open-air cooking demonstration by area chef, John Lawrence, of Peppers Fine Food Catering where you will learn how to prepare delicious meals using the freshest fruits, herbs and vegetables—and enjoy them too.

Join us on June 7, July 23, and August 13 for a picnic and music in the gardens, sponsored by Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation.


Founded in 1829, The 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 historic and contemporary gardens at The Gardens at Elm Bank demonstrate how plants and design are an integral part of everyday life for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Gardens connect people to plants and to the environment through sustainable design, interpretation, cultural practices, and pure enjoyment. Mass Hort offers educational programming to engage both adults and children so they may learn about plants and gardening, and contemporary issues such as health, sustainability, and stewardship of our natural world.

Come, learn, and grow at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society as we celebrate our 186th year. Please join us in the garden, the exhibit hall or the classroom to enjoy and explore the wonderful world of plants and gardens.

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

WELLESLEY, MA. March 22, 2014  The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit “Eden on the Charles” at this year’s Boston Flower & Garden Show (March 12-16, 2014), received the Allen C. Haskell Award, The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Emily Seaber  Parcher Award, the Ecological Landscape Alliance Environmental Vision Award, and the New England Nursery Association Award, and the Massachusetts Agriculture Ribbon.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit, Eden on the Charles, highlighted two love stories that took place at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank Estate in Dover, MA,  illustrating the show them of “Romance in the Garden”. The exhibit’s design depicts the courtship of Ray and Betty Frost canoeing down the Charles River at Elm Bank and stopping for a picnic along the shore. Descendants and family of Mr. & Mrs. Frost attended the show on Saturday, March 15 to see the exhibit that honored the Frosts.


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Mass Hort design team, led by Landscape Institute/BAC designers Suzanne Higham and including Heather Heimarck (Landscape Institute Executive Director), Julia Esteves, Piera Sassaroli, with Jeff Dube and Bill Cuddy and Mass Hort staff David Fiske, Charlie Harris, and Clark Bryan did a superb job demonstrating landscape design and horticultural concepts.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit was designed to engage the public in the beauty of plants, gardens, and landscape design and to highlight the talents of landscape designers and green industry professionals in the practice and love of horticulture.

Awards Included:

  • Allen C. Haskell Award: Presented to a professional garden exhibit that shows distinction in landscape design with a heavy emphasis on color  using rare and unusual plant material, mainly new species and cultivars that have been introduced but not readily available to the trade. Presented by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
  • Ecological Landscape Alliance Environmental Vision Award: Presented to the exhibit that best demonstrates the design and execution of ecological concepts and ecological principles.
  • The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Emily Seaber Parcher Award: The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts’s Emily Seaber Parcher Award for excellence in landscape design of a naturalistic garden of less than 1,000 square feet. "Garden on the Charles," the winning exhibit by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, was inspired by two love stories that took place on the organization's property, Elm Bank. The exhibit featured a winding stream with naturalistic plantings, complete with wooden canoe, foot bridge, and artist's retreat.
  • New England Nurserymen’s Award

Mass Hort’s Exhibit - A Collaboration with Designers and Organizations

Several skilled designers contributed to Mass Hort’s exhibit: Julia Esteves is a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional (MCLP) and owner of Juliagarden Landscape Design, a landscape design, build and maintain business in Osterville, MA;  Heather Heimarck, Landscape Institute, Piera Sassaroli, owner of Piera’s Landscape Design of Boston, is a designer based out of both Boston and Milan, Italy; Jeff Dube will be returning to The University of Michigan in the fall to complete his Masters of Landscape Architecture;  Suzanne Higham is owner of Frog Hollow, a landscape design, installation and maintenance company based in Georgetown, MA; and Bill Cuddy is owner of WJC Services, a full service design, building, and maintenance landscape company in Rowley, MA.

Donations of materials and assistance were provided by Boston Architectural College, the Landscape Institute, Ball Seed, Northeast Nurseries, Inc., Weston Nurseries, Bartlett Tree Experts, Northwoods Canoe Company, Szczechowicz Landscape Services, and Stonewood Products, Inc. Painting by Julia Blake.

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society mission is to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment. Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a 501(c ) (3)educational organization,  is located at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley on 36-acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  For more information please visit: www.masshort.org.


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