Sunday, May 20, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm – Great Tomato Celebration and Society Row Plant Sale at Elm Bank

Quick: what’s the difference between ‘Sungold’ and ‘Black Cherry’ cherry tomatoes? ‘San Marzano’ and ‘Martino’s Roma’ paste tomatoes? ‘Red Brandywine’ and ‘Mortgage Lifter’ beefsteak varieties? And just exact what kind of tomato is a ‘Missouri Pink Love Apple’, ‘Orange Flesh Purple Smudge’, and ‘Pink Ping Pong’? You’ll have the opportunity to find out the answers to those questions – and to purchase those varieties of tomatoes – on Sunday, May 20 from 9:00 – 3:30 when one of the major horticultural events of the year will be held in MetroWest Boston’s back yard.

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society hosts the Society Row Plant Sale at Elm Bank. Again this year, the Society Row sale is joined by The Great Tomato Celebration , which is hosted jointly by Mass Hort and White Flower Farm of Litchfield, Connecticut. ‘Society Row’ isn’t about high society. Rather, the name refers to the thirteen plant societies that come together for the annual event. These societies, together with a group of specialty nurseries, offer an extraordinary array of high-quality plants for your garden. Among the groups that will be represented are the Hosta Society, Lilac Society, Begonia Society, Rhododendron Society, Miniature Plant Society, Daylily Society, and the Herb Society. Collectively, they’ll offer thousands of plants grown by members; many of them unusual cultivars. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society will also sell perennials and annuals grown in its own greenhouses.

Many of the local chapters of plant specialist societies will continue to offer their own plant varieties including unusual and popular cultivars that Society Row has provided for more than 75 years.

Vendors from around New England will also be selling anything you can think of to help you plant your garden at home including:

– A variety of pots, containers and raised bedding
– Seeds, seedlings and young plants
– Fruits, vegetables, and flowers for planting
– Garden sculpture
– Garden and patio furniture
– Tools and Clothing
– Horticultural vendors: landscape designers, arborists, landscapers

Mass Hort has planned a full day of lectures, children’s’ activities, food vendors, and fun for the whole family.  For more information, visit

Special members’ hours: 8:00 -9:00 am
Open to the public: 9:00 am – 3:30pm