Mass Hort readies Festival of Trees

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Tenth Annual Festival of Trees will take place on Friday, November 23, through Sunday, December 9, at The Gardens at Elm Bank, located on 900 Washington Street, Wellesley. The festival will showcase over 65 decorated trees and feature Snow Village, an extensive model train and holiday village collection.

The Festival of Trees offers trees in both ornate and festive trimmings. Each tree is donated and decorated by a local business, garden club, or individual. Festival visitors have the chance to win their favorite tree at the end of the event by entering the raffle, which takes place throughout this fundraiser for Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Mass Hort) and The Gardens at Elm Bank.

Visitors can also stroll the grounds which will be decorated for the season. On Saturdays and Sundays, there will also be Santa visits, horse-drawn wagon rides, and music. Be sure to plan time to see Snow Village, an enchanted exhibit of holiday villages and trains. Bill Meagher of Needham donated this collection to Massachusetts Horticultural Society and continues to add more intricate figures and vehicles to this delightful winter scene in miniature. This large display includes model Fenway Park, Beacon Hill, Dickens’ Village, the North Pole, a carnival, and more.

The Holiday Festival hours are as follows:

Friday - Sunday, November 23 – 25: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday, November 28 – 29: 4 - 8 p.m.
Friday - Sunday, November 30 – December 2: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday, December 5 – 6: 4 - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, December 7 – 8: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 9: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Mass Hort member admission is $10. Visit MassHort.org/festival-of-trees for a detailed schedule of events. New members who join Mass Hort between November 16 and December 9 can receive free admission. The Festival is open in weekday mornings for senior visits, by appointment; call (617-933-4988) for more information.

All of the proceeds of this holiday event directly benefit the operations and mission of Mass Hort, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization. Founded in 1829, Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment. Located on 36 acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation, Wellesley/Dover, MA, The Gardens at Elm Bank provide a beautiful open space where people of all backgrounds can come together for inspiration and education.

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