Monthly Programs

Salem Garden Club Program

2022 - 2023

SGC meets at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center this season for its regular monthly meetings.

Non-members are welcome to attend meetings in October, November, March, April, May, and June. A $5 donation is suggested.

*Thursday, September 8, 2022, 6:30 PM

First Meeting of the 2022-2023 Season

Welcome back! We are gathering at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge Street, to renew our commitment to community service, fellowship, creativity, social time, and all things related to gardening.

We will welcome and introduce our newest members to the Salem Garden Club. The current SGC Board members will be introduced, the new committees will be presented, and sign-up sheets will be available. We will also share the Charitable Giving plan for 2022-2023

*Thursday, October 13, 2022, 6:30 PM

Halloween Hat Decorating

Salem is the Halloween Capital of the World, and we want to help our members get a jump on their house decorating and costume making.

This month, we are planning an evening of creativity that will include decorating witch hats that can be used as a centerpiece or as part of a costume. We will provide the hats, glue, and some fun things to attach to the hat, but members can also bring personal items to use for their own hat. We will also have other Halloween crafts to enjoy.

Get in touch with your inner Witch or Warlock and have some fun with the hands-on activity.

Thursday, November 3, 2022, 6:30 PM

Picking Party and Preparation for the Christmas Boutique Workshop

In our programming last year, we had to make a last-minute switch for the month of November, and we had a demonstration of the necessary preparation for the Boutique Workshop where members create beautiful items for sale at the SGC Christmas Boutique. Members in attendance loved the demo and were interested in doing it themselves. This year, members will not only learn how to glue 'picks', make bows, and make wreath and swag kits, but they will produce the picks, kits, bows, and other essentials needed for the Workshop in December.

*Thursday, December 1, 2022, 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 Christmas Boutique workshop is at a location yet to be determined at this time. All members will enjoy share, and learn from fellow members as we create wreaths, swags, boxwood trees, and arrangements to sell at the annual SGC Christmas Boutique.

The SGC Christmas Boutique will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 in conjunction with the Historic Salem, Inc. Christmas in Salem house tour. Location TBD at this time. Members are needed to help with set-up, sales, and clean-up at the Boutique.

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6:30 PM

Hypertufa Presentation

If you like the look of stone or cement pots and statuary but don't want to spend the money, then hyperufa is your answer. Hypertufa is a term used to describe a technique to make light-weight pots, planters, and lawn ornaments.

Hypertufa is an easy, inexpensive, and fun project to start during the winter months in preparation for spring planting.

We will be taking you through the basic step and demonstrating the application of the hypertufa material. We'll also share the "recipe" with you along with some helpful pointers for a successful project.

Bonus Project: Concrete Leaf Casting is another fun and easy project. We know you'll want to try this one yourselves at home!

Thursday, April 6, 2023, 6:30 PM

Stunning Spring Perennials

Speaker: Joan Butler

Whether you garden in sun or shade, there are lovely spring perennials that will add colorful flowers and interesting foliage to the early season garden. Learn about the Garden Tourist team's favorite Spring perennials and how to combine them for the best effect in the garden.

Thursday, May 4, 2023, 6:30 PM

Botanical Dyeing

Speaker: Maia Mattson

Join local artist, Maia Mattson, and explore the plants of Salem through a natural dyeing workshop. Mattson will demonstrate several methods of natural dyeing and participants are welcome to create their own botanically dyed fabric.

Thursday, June 1, 2023, 6:30 PM

Books in Bloom is a celebration of our members' creativity when they produce a floral interpretation of a book cover or a story line. Entries are displayed anonymously at the meeting and members vote for their favorite. There are prizes for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and for Honorable Mention.

Last year's Books in Bloom was an amazing and inspiring display of the talent in our club. All are welcome to showcase their talent and creativity in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

*Thursday, June 15, 2023, 6:30 PM

Annual Dinner: Members Only

The SGC Annual Dinner will be held at a location to be determined. Cocktail time begins at 6:30 PM with dinner to follow at 7:30 PM.