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Thursday Night at the Hort


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.

Vegetable Gardening: Planning, Preparing and Maintaining Your Victory Garden

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM    

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building

There’s nothing like knowing exactly how the vegetables you eat were grown. You can take complete control by establishing your own vegetable garden. And maybe even share with your children the magic of growing their own dinner. What I have learned over the years is that careful planning and preparation can take vegetable gardening from drudgery to fun. So I emphasize the planning of everything from size, location and style of vegetable garden to the need to prepare that garden for success while acknowledging that Mother Nature will always have the final say.

After a career begun as a chemist, Betty Sanders found her interests taking her in a new direction—gardening. She studied at the New York Botanical Garden, New England Wildflower Society, and others on the way to becoming a Master Gardener. Her gardens have been featured on tours by the Garden Conservancy. Betty finds herself increasingly focused on techniques to reduce the use of man-made chemicals in gardening and landscaping. Her current home garden is a grass-free two acres filled with native trees, shrubs and perennials. She is passionate the many opportunities offered by container gardening and as an avid vegetable gardener, is currently in her eighth year of managing her hometown’s community garden.

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Greenhouse Growing

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Where: Putnam Building - Gardens at Elm Bank

Walk with Gardens Curator, David Fiske, throughMass Hort’s production greenhouses. He will explainthe different stages of growth, and the work that isrequired to keep all the plants healthy and thriving.You’ll get taste of what’s to come for The Gardens atElm Bank, as well as some tips on how to start plantsinside to save money and ensure garden success.

David Fiske, Mass Hort Gardens Curator, will lead a workshop that will show you ways to best utilize your greenhouse and indoor growing spaces. He’ll discuss not only how to use these spaces to grow specific plants and starts, but also review maintenance needs that should be on your seasonal checklist.

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Bio-control of Lily Leaf Beetles

When: Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building

The Lily Leaf Beetle is largely under control inour area thanks to the efforts of researchers at URI, including presenter, Dr. Richard Casagrande. Dr. Casagrande will discuss the lily leaf beetle project and its connection to early research at The Gardens at Elm Bank and abroad. He will also review biological control programs underway in this region to find biological controls of invasive insects and plants that are important in Southern New England.

Richard Casagrande, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, joined the University of Rhode Island faculty in 1976. He taught courses in biological control, integrated pest management, insects and society and gave innumerable lectures to Master Gardeners and landscape practitioners throughout the region.  In retirement, he continues to work with colleagues at URI and throughout the world on biological control of invasive insects and plants that are important in Southern New England. Past and current projects include the lily leaf beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, birch leafminer, Cypress spurge, purple loosestrife, black swallow-wort and common reed. 

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Evening Photography Stroll

When: Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank

Learn how to add ‘wow’ to your garden pictures! Learn the top ten tips how to improve your photos, then stroll the gardens to put your knowledge into practice! Each participant will need to bring their camera, phone with picture capabilities or tablet to use.

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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.

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Tue May 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Morning Course
Tue May 22 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Afternoon Course
Tue May 22 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
CANCELLED - Landscaping for Watershed Health
Thu May 24 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Greenhouse Growing
Wed May 30 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Spring Landscape Tour
Wed Jun 06 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Bio-control of Lily Leaf Beetles
Tue Jun 12 @ 1:00PM - 04:30PM
Eco Printing: Fiber art workshop
Tue Jun 26 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Explore the Teaching Herb Garden
Wed Jul 11 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Art of Planting Design
Wed Jul 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Summer Stroll: Garden tour
Sun Jul 22 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
What's Buggin' Me?
Sat Aug 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Fall Planting Workshop
Thu Aug 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Summer Stroll: Garden Tour
Sun Aug 12 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations in Ink with Bruce Iverson