Book a Garden Speaker

Book a Garden Speaker

All available via zoom or on-site

Rates may vary, please contact education@masshort.org to learn more.

 

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 membership@masshort.org or 617-933-4961.

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.

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.

Gardening 101

To have a bountiful garden, “all” you need to do is provide your plants what they need. But what do they need?  And how do you provide it? Learn about sunlight, space, water and most of all soil, and you’ll have the basics to develop the garden you’ve always wanted. 

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. 

GMOs

The quality and make-up of your soil has a huge influence on how well your plants will do. Unlike sunlight, air and water (the other 3 requirements), you can’t tell whether your soils are right for your plants by looking at them, or sometimes even at your plants. Learn about soil structure, compaction, fertility and pH, and how you can modify these for a more successful garden. 

Lawns & Lawn Alternatives

Lawns are imported garden fixtures from places with cool, wet summers. Here a “perfect” lawn is a major drain on water supplies, a source of pollution, and a lot of work. Look at options for tailoring your lawn and your lawn care to fit your needs, potentially eliminating hundreds of hours of labor and expensive treatments every year. The talk will include some discussion of alternatives to the traditional grass lawn.

Propagating

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

The quality and make-up of your soil has a huge influence on how well your plants will do. Unlike sunlight, air and water (the other 3 requirements), you can’t tell whether your soils are right for your plants by looking at them, or sometimes even at your plants. Learn about soil structure, compaction, fertility and pH, and how you can modify these for a more successful garden. 

Urban Gardening

Lawns are imported garden fixtures from places with cool, wet summers. Here a “perfect” lawn is a major drain on water supplies, a source of pollution, and a lot of work. Look at options for tailoring your lawn and your lawn care to fit your needs, potentially eliminating hundreds of hours of labor and expensive treatments every year. The talk will include some discussion of alternatives to the traditional grass lawn.

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