Sunday, September 22, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm – Mass Hort’s 15th Anniversary at the Gardens at Elm Bank


The Massachusetts Horticultural Society invites you to join them for a community day at the Elm Bank Reservation, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, on Sunday, September 22. Free Admission all day.

10:00: Nature Walk Through Trails with a DCR Ranger

10:00-noon: Mass Dairy Council

11:00-2:00: Follow the Honey – Honey Tasting and Live Bee Exhibit

12:00, 3:00, & 5:00:Garden Tours:

Take a guided tour of the 12 gardens on the Elm Bank reservation, lead by one of our staff members or trained tour guides. Please meet in the Maple Grove by the membership table.

12:00-6:00: Wellesley Society of Artists Art Show and Sale – paintings from around Elm Bank

The Wellesley Society of Artists have been spending their summer around the property gaining inspiration for their own work. The Hunnewell Carriage house will feature an exhibit of their works as well as many that are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Mass Hort.

1:00: Cake and Ice Cream Celebration: The moment we have all been waiting for! Come join us in the Crockett Garden for a cake and ice cream celebration to commemorate the 15 years the Massachusetts Horticultural Society has taken residence at Elm Bank. A welcome from DCR representatives, Mass Hort President and more.

All Day:

Mass Hort Historical Exhibit, Information Booth and Membership Table

In the Maple Grove you will find an exhibit about the history of the Elm Bank Reservation and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, information about the programs and activities going on daily, how to become a member, and ways support Mass Hort!

Food Vendors – Concessions and Catering by Kiss. Bring a blanket, grab your lunch, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and gardens

Farmers Market Exhibit – Did you know that Mass Hort sponsors the Wellesley Farmers Market located at Whole Foods? Come visit their information table and learn more about the booth, produce from one of the vendors, and even see a live demonstration.

Youth Activities

10:00-4:00: Kids Mural Activity in the Gardens

10:00-4:00: Elm Bank Scavenger Hunt

10:00-12:00: Build a Fairy Garden in Weezie’s Garden

10:00-12:00: Linx Camp – Discovery Grove Field

Game and Nature Arts and Crafts station

Adult Activities

10:00-12:00: Floral Design Workshop with Marisa McCoy– Create a Fall Basket centerpiece with Marisa McCoy. Join Mass Hort and Marisa McCoy in creating a Fall Basket centerpiece on our 15th Anniversary Day of Celebration. Hands on workshops are one of our most popular education events and as we celebrate what we do at Elm Bank we are offering this opportunity to create a floral design. Marisa’s depth of experience and gentle direction help to provide the perfect atmosphere for beginner to expert to release the creative juices and take home a design to be proud of. Participants will have their choice of fresh and dried materials including seed pods, seed heads, and berries, as well as flowers and foliage chosen from a bright fall color palette.

Marisa McCoy is a Trustee of Mass Hort, a Nationally Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, and the current President Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Currently, Marisa is a floral design instructor, garden club speaker, active member of the MFA Senior Associates, and a custom wedding and special occasion floral designer.Program fee: $30 MEMBERS AND $35 NON MEMBERS- all materials included.  Registration required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

11:00-12:00: Extending Your Growing Season – Lecture.

2:00-4:00: Succulent Container Workshop with Art Scarpa – Hands on workshops are one of our most popular education events and as we celebrate what we do at Elm Bank we are offering this opportunity to plant a succulent dish garden with guidance from Art Scarpa. Participants will plant a twelve inch Italian terra cotta container with South African winter growing succulents. Workshop fee includes plants, soil, container, top-dressing, and hand selected decorative stones.

Known for his expertise in growing succulents and for his love for unusual plants, Art is certified as a judge by the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and has competed and judged at numerous major shows, including Boston, Newport and Philadelphia and many regional cactus and succulent shows.Program fee and registration required. $40.00 MEMBERS, $45 NON MEMBERS. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

2:00-3:00: History of Elm Bank Lecture

4:00-6:00: Champagne and Strings in the Italianate Garden: $20.00 MEMBERS, $25.00 NON MEMBERS. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Wrap up the evening with light appetizers and bubbly in the beautiful Italianate Garden, designed by the Olmsted Brothers Firm. While taking in the view, enjoy the music provided by the Fensgate Chamber Players. Tickets can also be purchased during the day at the membership table (Program fee and registration required).

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