Monthly Programs

Salem Garden Club Program

2020 - 2021

SGC is not able to hold in-person meetings at this time.

We apologize and look forward to inviting the public to our speaker series when it becomes allowable.


Thursday, September 3, 2020, 6:30 PM

First Meeting of the 2020-2021 Season

At our opening meeting at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge Street, we will welcome and introduce our newest members to the Salem Garden Club. Club officers and committee chairs will be introduced and will give a brief description of their roles. Our goals for the upcoming year will be outlined in a slide show featuring a “Year in a Glance”. It will describe and review the programs, speakers, events, projects, and areas of participation that membership includes. Members will have the opportunity to sign up for various committees.

A second slide show highlighting our members, their gardens, and their experiences over the last months will be featured.

*Thursday, October 8, 2020, 6:30 PM

A Tour of English Gardens and the Chelsea Flower Show: May 2018

Speaker: Ginny von Rueden

Ginny will take us on a virtual tour of the most beautiful public and private gardens in England. She’ll share with us the traditional as well as modern approaches to English garden design. Her program will also feature the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show with its extraordinary displays of blooms as well as unique show gardens.

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6:30 PM

On Silent Wings: The Magic of the Snowy Owl

Speaker: Peter Christoph

During the winter of 2013-2014 award-winning Massachusetts wildlife photographer Peter Christoph spent 14 full days along the Atlantic coast following the movements of a few snowy owls during their winter migration to the beaches of Salisbury, Hampton and Plum Island. They flew quite a distance from their home on the frozen tundra in the high Arctic and Peter was there to capture these rare and intimate photographs of the snowy owls taken in their winter habitat.

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6:30 PM

Christmas Boutique Workshop

(Note: Small gatherings for various workshops generally take place throughout the day with the large group workshop in the evening. Schedules giving the times of workshops will be available.)

The HSI Christmas House Tour will not be taking place this year; therefore, plans for our annual Christmas Boutique Workshop and Boutique have been adapted. Details for the Christmas activity will be shared with the membership as they are finalized. Stay tuned for location and time!

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6:30 PM

John James Audubon and the Birds of America

Martha returns as speaker this year with her presentation on John James Audubon as artist.

Discover Audubon’s extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and his detailed illustrations that depict the birds in their natural habitats. The Birds of America is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 6:30 PM

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Member Presentations

Those wishing to participate will choose a theme and present fresh floral arrangements in their favorite small container (approx. 6”w x 8”h). Displays should be placed on a placemat or cloth napkin with accompanying props. A short narrative explaining your piece will be presented. Prizes will be awarded! More information will follow!

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:30 PM

Enchanted Gardens: Pots With Pizzazz

Speaker: Joan Butler

Jazzy containers are the “jewelry” of the garden, elevating it from “good” to “great”! Joan will show us how to brighten shady spots with pops of color, create focal points for vistas, and welcoming entry gardens with stunning container groupings. From whimsical to grand, these pots with pizzazz from private and public gardens will inspire and teach you to design your own potted masterpieces!

Thursday, June 3, 2021, 6:30 PM

The Atlantic Coast Piping Plovers

Speaker: Kim Smith

Through Kim Smith’s photo journal work on the threatened Piping Plover, we can gain a better understanding of how best to help this tiniest of shorebirds as it breeds and migrates along the Atlantic Coast. From courtship to egg laying to chick-rearing to fledging, every aspect of the bird’s life is presented through award winning photographs and film footage. We’ll also cover the current state of the bird’s overall population, where it winters over, and how communities can work together for best possible outcomes.

The film footage, photos, and journals have provided the basis for the forthcoming film and children’s book about the Atlantic Coast Piping Plovers.

*Thursday, June 17, 2021, 6:30 PM

Annual Dinner: Members Only

The SGC Annual Dinner will be held at the Hawthorne Hotel. Cocktail time begins at 6:30 PM with dinner to follow at 7:30 PM.