Massachusetts horticultural society opens new space

May 23, 2017 by  

The grand opening of the new Hartley Botanic Victorian Lodge of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley was recently celebrated at the Gardens at Elm Bank. This event was most likely attended by those from the nearby town of Natick, whose residents may be frequent visitors to the Lodge.

The Lodge has a central portico on both the front and rear and is 11 feet wide by just over 19 feet long. It features 4mm tempered single-glazed safety glass, so it is built to last and can be used to cultivate exotic plants such as palms and large ferns, as well as to produce vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, and potted plants.

The major donors for the project included Scott Birney and Hartley Botanic Inc. Birney helped to lay the foundation for the Lodge and his financial contributions enabled his vision of a greenhouse for growing flowers to come to fruition. The greenhouse is built with the homeowner in mind to demonstrate what those interested in gardening can do with their ideas.

Poster printing companies may have been hired to create posters for the occasion of the grand opening that also include a schedule of the ongoing exhibits that will be held throughout the season.

The Gardens at Elm Bank are now open through Columbus Day, on Tuesday through Sunday, and Monday holidays.