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Intro to Gardening – Six Session Course

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome to our spring Introduction to Gardening series! This series consists of 6 individual lectures over the course of 6 weeks. Lectures take place on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. You are able to purchase each lecture individually, save by purchasing the whole series.

This series will cover the below topics

Mar 23, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time – Topic: Growing from Seed

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.

 Mar 30, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time – Topic: Soil Preparation & Garden Math 

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. We’ll also learn how to determine how many square feet of garden you have, how to translate soil test recommendations into actual numbers, and how much mulch to buy. 

 Apr 6, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time – Topic: Dive into Composting

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.

 Apr 13, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time – Topic: Vegetable Gardening 101

o 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. 

Apr 20, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time – Topic: Urban Gardening

Urban gardening is about growing food and ornamentals in small spaces.  Whether you have a huge yard without the time or desire to tend it all, or an apartment with no outdoor space at all, this talk will give you tips and techniques to start and maintain a garden you can call your own.

Apr 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time – Topic: Seed Saving

Saving seeds is a great way of preserving plants that perform well in this area, and also getting next year’s plants for free. Learn how to tell if a plant will “breed true”, and also how to collect and preserve seeds for next year’s garden and harvest.


Instuctor: Gretel Anspach is a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and a recently-retired systems engineer for Raytheon. Gretel helped to establish and maintain two food production gardens that have provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for the last eight years. 



Interested in a Massachusets Horticultural Society membership? Receive discounts on classes, free garden entry, and more

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$95 for Mass Hort Members ¦ $155 for General Admission





March 23
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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