*** To use any of the member benefits regarding course work, you must contact Kathy Ceurvels and notify her of your intent.
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130
Contact: 617-384-5209; www.arboretum.harvard.edu
Benefits: Publications (Silva & Arnoldia); Discount on Courses, Discount on Shop; Member Plant Give-Away (Spring & Fall)
Admission: Free to the public
Club Contact: Kathy Ceurvels (# 71858)
Renewal Date: 3/31/2013 ($150 - supporter)
Massachusetts Horticultural Society: MHS Horticulture Center at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482
Contact: 617-933-4900; Membership: 617-933-4963; www.masshort.org
Benefits:: $25 Merchandise Credit at Weston Nurseries & White Flower Farm; Discounts at Garden Centers and Nurseries (Mahoneys, Kennedys, Logees…), Reduced or free entrance to reciprocal gardens around the country, entrance to MHS library; Publications (Organic Gardening & Garden Design); Garden Club Guided Tour of Elm Bank, and a Free Meeting at Elm Bank (reserved in advance)
Admission: Free to the public
Club Contact: Kathy Ceurvels (# 72600)
Renewal Date: 3/1/2013 ($175 - garden club membership)
New England Wild Flower Society: Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA
Contact: 508-877-7630; www.newenglandwild.org
Benefits: 10 % Discount on Group Garden Tour, 40% discount on one room rental at Garden in the Woods, Five courses at discounted member price; Publications (New England Wild Flower Society)
Admission: $10 for adults (18-64), $7 for seniors (65+) and $5 for Youths (3-17) (Tues – Sundays plus Holiday Mondays April 14 through October 31, 2012 from 9 am to 5 pm and on Thursdays 8 am to 8 pm from April 14 through July 4)
Club Contact: Kathy Ceurvels (# 31501)
Renewal Date: 3/31/2013 ($48 – garden club membership)
GCFM Workshops, Lectures, & Schools, & Master Gardener Training Courses
(Available To All Wollaston Garden Club Members)
The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) offers wonderful lectures and workshops in horticulture and floral design at the Espousal Retreat Center in Waltham. Details can be found in the Mayflower or on-line at our club web site and under the GCFM link. They come in series of threes and vary in cost. All workshop/lecture dates are also listed in our yearbook calendar.
The GCFM also offers a variety of more extensive courses based on the curriculums developed nationally by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. There are four schools sponsored each year in Massachusetts. Environmental Studies School covers all aspects of environmental issues. Flower Show School is a complete program for growing, showing and judging horticulture and design. Gardening Study School presents basic garden information by specialists in the field. Landscape Design School is a comprehensive overview of landscape design and its history.
The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is comprised of amateur and professional horticulturalists with a mission to promote horticultural knowledge to the public through volunteerism. MMGA Master Gardeners become trained and certified through an intensive training program. The Master Gardener Training course (MGT) consists of fourteen classroom and lab modules, including soil science, botany, entomology, plant pathology, pruning and propagation. Courses are conducted by both academic and industry professionals. Starting in 2017 the MGT course will be offered at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Education Building, at Elm Bank, in Wellesley, MA and at the Worcester Horticultural Society‘s Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Students can choose the location that better suits their needs when registering.
Partial scholarships are available from the Wollaston Garden Club to qualifying club members of at least three years. Details can be found on the WGC web site and from our Horticulture Chair, Cynthia Lewis, at club meetings.
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