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Thursday Night at the Hort

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In this annual lecture series, a different expert each week will offer a presentation sure to please the armchair gardener to the Master Gardener. Topics range across the horticultural spectrum from soil to seeds to gardens and everything associated with them.

Preparing the Garden for Spring and Summer

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When: Thursday April 27, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Spring is a busy time of year and often essential chorse get lost in the craziness. In this talk, Charlie Nardozzi will walk us through, step by step, plant by plant, the various gardening chores that should be done and how to do them. From pruning to dividing, planting to lawn care, Charlie will make sure you have a list of tasks to take home.

His latest book, New England Month by Month Gardening, released in 2016, will be on hand for sales and signing. 

Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 25 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. Learn more about Charlie at www.GardeningWithCharlie.com.

Member Cost: $12
Non Member Cost $20

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A Camel's Garden

 

When: Thursday May 4, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

When the dog days of summer hit, many of us are faced with water bans that limit our ability to water our lush gardens. We find ourselves carefully monitoring the water level in rain barrels and hoping for the next rainfall. What if we started to incorporate plants that just need less water? In this lecture, I will share the effects of drought on woody plants and describe plant adaptations for dealing with drought. Most importantly, I will introduce you to a new palette of plant material that will decrease your water use while increasing species diversity and beauty in your home landscape.

Jen Kettell worked as a horticulturist at the Arnold Arboretum for more than a decade. She is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist and an ISA Certified Arborist®. For five years (2008-2013), she served on the Executive Board of the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Along with three other women, she was also one of the founding sisters and acted as the event coordinator for the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop (2009-2011). Learn more about Jen at www.JenKettell.com

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Tried and True Techniques for a Successful Vegetable Garden

 

When: Thursday May 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Vegetable gardeners of the 21st century can profit from the techniques practiced by 19th century gardeners. This workshop will explore traditional kitchen garden designs and cultivation techniques that promote effective use of space, better crop production and healthier plants. Christie Higginbottom will highlight garden practices valuable for today’s family kitchen garden such as crop rotation, bed preparation, inter-planting and succession sowing, and creating homemade tools. Learn how to start seedlings in a garden frame, and support tomatoes and beans with attractive trellising and staking. Glean tips for harvesting and curing winter storage crops, and more.

 

Christie Higginbottom has worked as a costumed interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village since 1981. From 1984 to 2004 she coordinated the historic horticulture program researching, planning and planting the re-created kitchen and flower gardens at the museum’s historic households. She also supervised the Village’s Herb Garden collection, a garden exhibiting over 300 varieties of historic herbs. Now retired, she continues to work in costume part-time – most often in the gardens, and to present garden programs for the Village. She also writes and consults on historic gardens and their interpretation, antique plants, and herb use; and she lectures at museums and historic sites, garden clubs, historical societies, colleges and libraries.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Pollinator-friendly Gardens and Landscapes

When: Thursday June 1, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Bees and other beneficial insects are all the buzz these days -  and for good reason. Pollinator populations are crashing both locally and worldwide, yet these small forms of wildlife are vital to food production, pest control, and environmental stability. With just a few changes in your property management, you can help support and maintain a diversity of pollinator and beneficial insect species in your backyard or farm. Learn to identify the good - and bad - bugs flying around your gardens, and at the same time welcome a whole new dimension to your enjoyment of gardening and nature.

Ellen Sousa is an author, garden coach and designer from Turkey Hill Brook Farm, a habitat farm and native plant nursery in Spencer, MA. Since 2007, Ellen has worked with homeowners, landowners and non-profit organizations to design and manage landscapes that support food production and local biodiversity. She is the author of the book The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting & Maintaining the Eco-friendly Habitat Garden

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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Ecological Gardening

When: Thursday June 8, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Too often, common gardening practices harm rather than build healthy ecosystems. Learn how to garden like an eco-champion using sustainable gardening practices that will make your garden a safe haven for both people and plants.

Mark Richardson is New England Wild Flower Society’s Horticulture Director. He oversees the Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. Mark studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. Learn more at www.NewEnglandWild.org.

Members: $12
General Admission: $20

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For more information

Contact: Katie Folts, Education Coordinator, 617-933-4973, 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.

2017 Calendar & Courses

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Tue Apr 25 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Bees in Springtime
Tue Apr 25 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design Spring 2017
Thu Apr 27 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Preparing the Garden for Spring and Summer
Thu May 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Camel's Garden
Sun May 07 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Early Season Gardening Workshop
Tue May 09 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
New England Wildflowers
Sat May 13 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
The Gardeners' Fair and Plant Sale
Thu May 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Tried and True Techniques for a Successful Vegetable Garden
Sun May 21 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Share the Love: Dividing Perennials Workshop
Thu May 25 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Tour: The Rose Kennedy Greenway
Thu Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Pollinator-friendly Gardens and Landscapes
Sun Jun 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Summer Sustainability
Wed Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 08 @ 7:00AM - 08:30PM
Ecological Gardening
Thu Jun 15 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
Second Annual Garden Party Benefit