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Forti to give ‘School Gardens’ talk

The Wellesley Garden Study Group, in collaboration with Mass Horticultural Society and Wellesley Green Schools, will host a program on School Gardens at the Parkman Educational Center, Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, on January 25. Those interested in attending may join the Study Group at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and announcements. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The program “School Gardens” will be an illustrated history of of the school garden movement of 19th century America and its further development.

John Forti will discuss the heirloom and native plants of the region and how they can be integrated into the school curriculum from seed to table. The discussion will also focus on how a schoolyard can enrich both habitat and community.

John Forti is the Director of Horticulture for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. He also serves as the Governor of Slow Food Massachusetts. He was formerly the Director of Horticulture at Strawbery Banke Museum and Plimoth Plantation Museum. Over 20,000 follow his blog as “The Heirloom Gardener – John Forti” on Facebook.

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