Book a Garden Speaker

Book a Garden Speaker

Our staff and overseers can come to your meeting to present on a number of horticultural-themed topics. 

Rates may vary, please contact or 617-933-4973 to learn more.


Garden Club Lectures Include:


The Beauty and Benefits of Youth Gardening

Senior Horticulturist, Hannah Traggis will discuss how you can connect your knowledge of home gardening to a new generation. Using her experiences from The Gardens at Elm Bank and at several Massachusetts High Schools, she will share lessons and perspective on the impact of youth gardening for the students and for their community. She will present tips on working with youth in a garden setting and project plans that can assist in cultivating a successful garden and successful students.

Biology of Seed Saving

Learn to save seed and understand the impact you can have on seed diversity. Hannah Traggis will present an introduction to the botany of plant reproduction and tips so you can successfully grow your own seed saving garden.

Composting for the Home Gardener

Hannah Traggis will review the different types of compost systems you can set up on a home-scale. She will present the biology of the compost pile and help you understand the maintenance required for healthy compost.

Growing from Seed

Learn to grow your own plants from seed and transplant them for a successful garden! Hannah Traggis will present a timeline for starting vegetables and ornamental plants, and review the the materials and supplies you will need to grow from seed.

A Short History of Plants and People

The advent of agriculture was approximately 25 thousand years ago. What has happened since then? Hannah Traggis will discuss how agriculture influenced civilization, and how changes in the last century have impacted our food and environment. She will also look ahead and discuss how the choices we make as consumers influence the future of food.

Unusual and Beautiful Food Crops to Grow in Massachusetts

Want to try something new? Thinking about growing an ornamental vegetable garden? In this presentation, Senior Horticulturist, Hannah Traggis, will present unique perennials, world food crops and beautiful vegetables that will inspire and expand your vegetable garden.

Vegetable Gardening: 101

Each year, Hannah Traggis and volunteers in Mass Hort’s Seed to Table vegetable garden produce thousands of pounds of food. Traggis will present topics to consider for a successful garden including soil management, irrigation, mulching and weed control, and inter-cropping and succession planning. Let Mass Hort help you grow!

World Food Crops Taking Root in New England

Start with an examination of importance of food security and our food systems then explore the large-world of exotic edible plants that one doesn’t typically see in the grocery store. Mass Hort will introduce you to these plants you can grow at home and share some tips on how to successfully cultivate and keep them.

The Incredible Collections of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Library and Archives


Get a Free Lecture

Have your organization join Mass Hort as a Garden Club Circle Member. In addition to regular member benefits (like discounts to Mass Hort Lectures), you will receive a free lecture, a free tour of The Gardens at Elm Bank, and a free room rental for a meeting in the Mass Hort Education Center. Receive these benefits, and support Mass Hort for only $500 annually. To learn more and to join, contact or 617-933-4961.

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