By Carol Stocker
(on line live to answer gardening questions 1-2 p.m. Nov. 9)
Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment. Here are November classes and holiday events at their HQ at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts:
Fairy Garden Workshop for Kids
Growing and Showing! A Fairy Garden Workshop for Kids
Saturday, November 10th
10 am-12 pm
There are still spaces available for this workshop where kids ages 8-12 can plant their own Fairy Garden, with help on how to exhibit that garden at the 2013 Boston Flower and Garden Show.
Thursday Night at the Hort: Forcing Hardy Bulbs
Featuring Kathi Gariepy - Massachusetts Master Gardener Association
Presentations will begin at 7pm and go until all questions are answered.The classes are priced at $12 for members and $15 for non-members unless otherwise indicated. There is no need to pre-register and you may pay at the class.
Location: The Parkman Room, Education Building, Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley
Upcoming "Thursday at the Hort" presentations include:
November 15: Creating a Container of Succulents.
November 6th 6-8pm - Reconstructing Thanksgiving
Whole Foods Market, Wellesley MA
Bored with the same old "traditional" Thanksgiving side dishes? Wondering if there is a way to make them both healthy and delicious? Come in and learn how to make a few simple and effortless adjustments to your Thanksgiving dinner.
Cost - $10.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members.
Reservations may be made by calling 617-933-4943
December 6th - Gifts from the Kitchen
January 8th - Eating to Begin a Healthy Lifestyle
February 5th - For the Love of Chocolate
Festival of Trees
November 23 through December 8The Overseers of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society will present its Fourth Annual
Festival of Trees at Elm Bank from Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 8,
PREVIEW PARTY will be held on Saturday, November 17th
Appetizers and wine will be served amongst the beautiful trees.
$25.00 per person.
For more information, email Joyce@masshortfestivaloftrees.org
GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN
Thursday, November 29th
local craft, artisan food and fine art vendors in a convivial community setting
next to the popular Festival of Trees event. Some of the vendors you will find are:
Also on Thursday, in conjunction with the vendor portion of Gifts from the Garden, Mass Hort will be highlighting a group of authors with horticulture-based books in our AurthorFest event. Selected authors will be discussing their books with an opportunity for purchase. Book lovers may choose to listen to just one author, or stay for them all. Light refreshments will be served during the proceedings. The schedule of speakers is listed below:
4:00 James L. Jones. Fall and Winter Bloom in the Solar Greenhouse - Detailed
information on operating a greenhouse that is heated by the sun alone and on choosing a satisfying array of off-season bloomers that do well under its conditions.
4:45 Ellen Sousa. The Green Garden - Guide to natural-style, earth-friendly gardening
in New England. Learn how to work with nature to create gardens brimming with health
and sheltering birds, pollinators and other declining wildlife.
5:30 Deborah A. Locke. Mr. Bull and the Amazing Grape - The beautifully illustrated
picture book is written for children ages 4 through 8 and tells the story of Ephraim Wales
Bull, a hard-working farmer who resided in Concord during the 19th century. He
was "The Father of the Concord Grape", a hardy and delicious blue-black grape that won
a gold medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1853.
6:15 Suzie Hearl Canale. "The Beantown Tales" - A collection of children's books
which educate readers about important issues concerning the three main elements of the earth; the environment, humanitarian kindness and endangered animal preservation. The award winning series is geared towards children from 3 to 9.
FESTIVAL OF TREES WREATH WORKSHOP
Create beautiful wreaths and swags to take home for the holiday season! The
Festival of Trees Wreath Workshop will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 10:30 a.m.
in the Putnam building at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA.
Price: $45.00 for Mass Hort members, $55 for non-members.
Space is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. Participants are
encouraged to bring clippers and/or strong scissors. All other supplies will be provided.
Please register online at http://www.masshort.org/Festival-of-Trees. You can also
register or find out more information by calling 617-933-4934 or email Joyce Bakshi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday November 17th
Succulent Container Workshop with Carrie Waterman
10 am-12 pm in the Putnam Classroom at Elm Bank
Make your very own succulent container. Learn from an expert how to plant an attractive container of these wonderful plants. All materials will be provided including a nice selection of succulent plants suitable for a mixed container, pots, special soil mix, plant labels and top dressing. Aftercare instructions will be included along with information about how to propagate succulents and how to exhibit your container at the 2013 Boston Flower & Garden Show.
To register click here. Deadline for registration is Monday, November 12th.
Fee: Members $60 per container; Non-members $75.00 per container.