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Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library
Creating a practical library was a top priority for the founding members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1829. Today, the 20,000-volume library is a testament to their vision and a symbol of the Society's steadfast role as a champion for horticultural in America.

Housed at the historic Elm Bank estate in Wellesley, the library is at the heart of Mass Hort. With more than 40,000 items spanning three centuries, including numerous rare editions, the collection of books, periodicals, and illustrations encapsulates the development of American horticulture. The exquisitely illustrated seed and nursery catalogs along provide critical historical insight for botanical research. More than just a repository, Mass Hort's library is an archive of the science of horticulture, and a showcase for scholarship in the field.

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