MASSACHUSETTS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

Rating: 2.5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Education, Food, Environment, Water

Location: 900 Washington St Wellesley MA 02482 USA

Mission: The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public''s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.
Geographic areas served: New England, Massachusetts, Boston
Programs: Massachusetts Horticultural Society runs Blooms! which is a portion of the Boston Flower & Garden Show.  Floral Arrangements, Plant Soceities, Amatuer Horticulture, Minature Gardens and Educational Programming are all part of what MassHort provides.   

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

For over ten years I have regularly visited Elm Bank. I have viewed the beautiful garden areas, attended classes, events and had for many years wished that someone could "polish this gem" Many of the structures had seen better days, I would remark. The gardens had potential but not every year was a great one. A ha ! My wishes have been answered.
I have visited Elm Bank twice in the past few weeks and OMG, what a transition from 3-4 years ago.
The "Gem has been polished" The gardens are magnificent and oh so lush. They even have a chefs garden and I understand is sending 100's of pounds to a local food bank. What a concept !
A Horticultural non profit, sets aside a piece of their land and efforts to feed the less fortunate.
Clearly there is a new sheriff at Elm Bank and the results in such a short time is amazing. Rush over and see for yourself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Charge a modest admission fee to help fund continued improvements Keep up the great class schedule

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

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Your rating for transparency is shocking and uninformed. This inept and dishonest organization has had about 6 directors in seven years. Their tenure marked malfeasance and incompetence. The Board has always been in the dark. One director, Bob Feige was jailed by the Attorney General for absconding with workers comp funds. The Bored Board had to hire forensic accountants to discover they were broke. Mass Hort did not pay its vendors or labor.For at least 7 years, Mass Hort has been engaged in a life or death struggle for control of its site - The Elm Bank, a distressed property under its management. They lost the court cases, and now claim that they are "crippled" because they can not run the for-profit affairs they need to "do horticulture" and/or fulfill the requirements of their site lease. During all the years of litigation, they have never informed their membership of the ongoing lawsuit. How's that for "transparency?; " continuing to take funds from the public under a false light. I would suggest your reviewing this organization with a better eye.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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