Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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Allison Dush 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society 


Teaching Herb Garden at The Gardens at Elm Bank 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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Explore the Teaching Herb Garden

Guided Tour 


Susan Leigh Anthony and Lucy Dean, members of The New England Unit of the Herb Society of America, will guide program participants through The Teaching Herb Garden. They will  share methods of harvesting, history, lore and plant uses. As well as point out several of their favorite plants and share stories along the way. We hope you can join us for this program highlighting one of our most interesting gardens led by the people who maintain and care for it!

The Teaching Herb Garden is divided into theme beds, which radiate from the center and include: fragrance, dye, culinary, native American, medicinal, edible plants and flowers, and a Colonial theme garden. A collection of Salvia plants was added in 2006. Along one side, a rectangular bed is planted with sweet violets and groundcover plants. On the opposite side of the garden, we feature the "Herb of the Year." Another bed features an Ecumenical Garden. The plants in this garden have religious or symbolic importance in the five major religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. On either side of the teaching arbor, the beds are overflowing with roses and lavender and the perennial border is a visual delight. Planter/benches hold fragrant herbs that welcome visitors to touch and feel and to also smell the herbs.

The New England Unit is the founding unit of The Herb Society of America. In 1933, seven women formed an educational society dedicated to the study and use of herbs. The Society has grown from one unit to 45, and from the initial seven members to approximately 2,300 members in the United States, Canada and other countries. The New England Unit has about fifty members, living mostly in Massachusetts.  

-Limitted Space, Pre-registration Required

$25/general admission