Iris Society of Massachusetts
The Iris Society of Massachusetts (ISM) is friendly, exciting, sociable and educational. We are a group of people who love irises of all types and sizes. We are novices and veterans of many years. We live in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont (with a few members planted in other states and even other countries). We are apartment dwellers, suburbanites, country gardeners and commercial growers.
When irises are blooming in New England, from late April to July, ISM sponsors shows and tours of members’ gardens. We hold sales and auctions in the summer where modern hybrids are available at bargain prices. We publish a newsletter, and meet three or four times a year on weekends to discuss iris culture and gardening, to see slides of new varieties, old favorites, exotic species, and hybridizers’ seedling patches, and to hear from iris experts and enthusiasts from all over the country.
Newcomers are always welcome to join us for any event. Have a look at the schedule of upcoming events.
For more information visit Iris Society of Massachusetts.
New England Dayliliy Society
The New England Daylily Society (NEDS) meetings are held at Tower Hill in Boylston, MA. We have an active club with attendance ranging from 30-70 people per meeting. Any New England member of the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) is eligible to be a NEDS member with no additional membership fee. Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings.
In the fall and winter we have meetings with slideshow presentations by nationally known and local hybridizers, have discussions about how to care for and propagate daylilies, have auctions featuring daylilies, and just have a great time meeting other people interested in daylilies and gardening. We hold a members sale and auction of daylilies in May and a public sale and auction in August of each year.
NEDS provides support to two AHS display gardens, one at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Elm Bank facility in Wellesley, MA, and the other at Heritage Plantation Gardens in Sandwich, MA. If you are new or old to daylilies or just visiting the area, you are welcome to attend our meetings or visit our display gardens.
Learn more about the New England Daylily Society by visiting the NEDS Website.
The New England Unit of The Herb Society of America
The New England Unit (NEU) of The Herb Society of America (HSA) is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community.
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.
To learn more visit the NEU Website.
New England Rose Society
The New England Rose Society (NERS) seeks to educate its members and the public in all aspects of rose culture.
In addition to outstanding guest speakers at each meeting, we offer special seminars for in-depth exploration of rose topics, such as soil chemistry, budding and hybridizing, and pest and disease control. Members receive discounts on roses and garden center merchandise.
Whether you are about to plant your very first rose or already have several roses in your garden, you’ll find a wealth of information in our monthly programs, newsletter, Consulting Rosarians and on-line resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to exhibit roses in our June Rose Show, the Yankee District Rose Show and National Rose Shows.
To learn more about NERS visit the NERS Website.
New England Hosta Society
The New England Hosta Society (NEHS) is a non profit educational society and is organized to promote, encourage, and foster the development and improvement of Hostas and the public interest therein.
The New England Hosta Society was established in 1982, with Constance Williams serving as NEHS' first President. See our NEHS Heritage page for more information and details.
The Society Meetings are held at: Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA.
To learn more about NEHS visit the NEHS Website.
American Horticultural Society
We offer unique gardening information through The American Gardener magazine, free entry to 320 public gardens and arboreta, the opportunity to share seeds with other members each year, and more.
Membership in the AHS gives you access to a national family of gardeners along with the satisfaction that your dues help educate young gardeners, produce our flagship publication, The American Gardener, and so much more!
To learn more about AHS visit American Horticultural Society.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Massachusetts Horticultural Society welcomes you to our gardens and horticultural center, located on 36-acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation. The site includes open fields and meadows, streams and pools, wooded areas and formal gardens. Mass Hort is uniquely positioned, not only to protect these natural resources, but also to develop spaces that enhance visitors’ appreciation of the landscape and the surrounding Charles River. The grounds and gardens of Elm Bank are handicap-accessible.We offer hands-on opportunities for adults and children to experience, enjoy, and learn about plants and the environment.
The site includes various gardens, including the Bressingham Garden designed by Adrian Bloom, the historic Italianate Garden, our new Garden to Table Chef's Garden and its Food Pantry Garden, an educational New England Trial Garden, and Weezie's Garden for Children, a whimsical children’s garden designed as a series of small spiraling gardens, each with its own theme and unique way of engaging the senses. There are children’s activities Tuesday-Sunday at 10:30 am. Several plant societies and garden clubs have also installed permanent demonstration and display gardens at Elm Bank. Please check our calendar for our schedule of events, lectures, and classes that are held during the year. Additionally, we offer a unique event venue for weddings, receptions, parties, and corporate outings. Please visit our events or education section to learn more.
To learn more visit the Mass Hort website at www.masshort.org.
The Garden Conservancy
Join us in preserving, sharing, and championing gardens! Our members make it possible for us to save and share outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public.
Throughout the year, we plan events and programs for members to meet and share gardening ideas, interests and passions. Lectures, symposia, and garden tours across the country provide opportunities for you to get to know other Garden Conservancy members, many of whom are the leading voices in their respective fields of preservation, landscape architecture, horticulture, and garden design.
To learn more visit The Garden Conservancy.
New England Wildflower Society
The Region's Expert on Native Plants—from the Wild to Your Backyard!
New England Wild Flower Society conserves native plants in the wild and encourages gardeners and landscape professionals to choose natives when they plant outdoor spaces, particularly plants grown from local seeds, harvested sustainably in the wild.
Our mission is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes.
To learn more visit The New England Wildflower Society.
Ecological Landscape Alliance
Every year, ELA memberships fund ecologically-focused educational and outreach programs that reach land care professionals, community members, and students throughout the United States and around the world.
Members enjoy discounts to ELA events and to co-sponsored events.
Your membership supports year-round programming that includes:
- “A Focus on Sustainability” webinars
- Eco-Tours and Eco-Workshops
- One-day regional symposia
- Monthly newsletter with detailed articles on ecological principles and practices
- Native Plant Garden Tour
- Annual two-day Conference & Eco-Marketplace
To learn more visit the Ecological Landscape Alliance.