Book a Garden Speaker

Book a Garden Speaker

All available via zoom or on-site

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Lectures Topics Include

Biology of Seed Saving

This presentation is an introduction to the botany of plant reproduction. The speaker will offer guidelines for successfully growing your own seed-saving garden. Seed saving can have a significant impact on seed diversity.

Composting for the Home Gardener

There is a biology to composting, and understanding it will lead to healthy compost. The speaker for this session will review the different types of compost systems you can set at home and offer guidelines for compost maintenance.

Growing from Seed/Seed Starting

Growing plants from seed can be both fun and challenging. The speaker in this session will review the timeline for starting vegetable and ornamental plants, as well as review the the materials and supplies you will need to grow from seed.

Enthnobotany, A History of Plants and People

The science of agriculture is approximately 25,000 years old. The development of agriculture has influenced civilization, impacted the environment, and dictated food supplies. The speaker in this session will discuss significant agricultural changes in the last century and look at the future of the science based on the choices we are making today.

Vegetable Gardening 101

Each year, Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Seed to Table program produces thousands of pounds of vegetables. In this session, the speaker will discuss the key elements of a successful vegetable garden – planning, soil management, irrigation, mulching, and weed control.

Garden math

“How much mulch does it take to cover 500 square feet of garden 2 inches deep? Please show your work.” This lecture will remind you of those skills you thought you had left behind in 6th grade math.  It includes determining how many square feet of garden you have, how to translate soil test recommendations into actual numbers, and how much mulch to buy. 


Garden Centers are bursting with beautiful annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, but filling your garden from these nurseries costs more than most people can afford. Learn how to garden for less with seedlings, divisions, cuttings, etc. from your friends and neighbors and your own garden.

Soil Preparation
Urban Gardening
Get a Free Lecture

Have your organization join Massachusetts Horticultural Society as a Garden Club Circle member.

In addition to regular member benefits like discounts on educational programs, your group will receive a free lecture, a free tour of The Gardens at Elm Bank, and a free room rental for a meeting in the Education Center.

Garden Club Circle membership is $500 annually. To learn more, contact or 617-933-4961.

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