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Mass Hort hosting historical garden symposium

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On Tuesday, January 30, Massachusetts Horticultural Society will host several award-winning garden historians for an afternoon symposium that will lead you on virtual tours through a variety of historical gardens. The award-winning presenters are Patrick Chassé lecturing on Asian gardens, Patrice Todisco reviewing trends of New England gardens, and Marion Pressley discussing Italian gardens. With stories and images, they will highlight design features that attendees can apply in their own landscapes.

Landscape architect, educator and landscape historian Chassé will present “Context & Continuity in the Evolution of Japanese Gardens.” He will discuss the evolutions of Japanese gardens and the variety they possess, which reflect different economic, political, and philosophical influences of different periods.

Landscape architect and preservationist Marion Pressley will review Italian Renaissance gardens. Pressley is renowned for her expertise and service to conserve landscapes such as Boston’s Emerald Necklace, as well as her contributions to educate and develop future generations of landscape architects and historians.

Writer and landscape historian Patrice Todisco will present on New England gardens, beginning from the earliest settlers and highlighting prominent designers such as Gertrude Jekyll. Leading the audience through this history of New England’s gardens, she will explore what makes them so unique and influential over successive generations.

The symposium will run from 1-5 p.m. For more details and to register, visit

Registration is $40 for Mass Hort members, $60 for general admission.

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