Monthly Programs

Salem Garden Club Program 2023 – 2024

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 7, 2023, 6:30 PM

First Meeting of the 2023-2024 Season

Welcome to the 2023-2024 season!

At this meeting, we will introduce and welcome our new members to the Salem Garden Club. We will review upcoming programs, speakers, and the schedule of events for the year. Members will have the opportunity to sign up for various committees and events.

*Thursday, October 12, 2023, 6:30 PM

Giant Picking Party!

It is said that “Many Hands Make Light Work”.  We had such a great response from last year’s Picking Party, so we decided to do it again!  In preparation for the SGC Christmas Boutique workshop in late-November, we will “pick” ornaments, make bows and other essentials and put together kits to use in our wreaths, boxwood trees, swags and arrangements in November.  Bring scissors, wire cutters, etc. and let’s get picking!

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 6:30 PM

Window Boxes with Janice Charlton

Our own fabulous Janice Charlton will take us, step-by-step, to create beautiful window boxes using foraged and purchased materials.  Those who have seen Janice’s containers and window boxes know we are in for a treat!  Those who are not familiar, get ready to be inspired to create your own masterpieces at home!

*Thursday, November 30, 2023, 9:00 AM & 6:30 PM

Christmas Boutique Workshop, First Church in Salem

(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 will take place in the lower level of First Church in Salem, 316 Essex Street.  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 Salem Garden Club Christmas Boutique will be held Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9:00 – 1:00 (or until there is nothing left!) in conjunction with the Historic Salem, Inc. Christmas in Salem House Tour.  Members are needed to help with set-up, sales, and clean-up at the Boutique. 

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 6:30 PM

Mack Park Farm

The Mack Park Farm is a City of Salem program that grows healthy food for the community using organic and sustainable practices in our vegetable farm and food forest patches planted around the farm. Volunteers and visitors to the farm learn about the importance of regenerative agriculture, permaculture, and water conservation. Kerry Murphy, Andy Varela, Matt Buchanan and Patrick Schultz will join us to share the path in developing Mack Park Farm.  From its origins as a parcel of unused public land to a thriving produce farm today, learn the steps they took to create this local treasure.  Kerry will also discuss other Salem agricultural zoning changes that you could implement at your own home.

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 6:30 PM

Easy Rose Care

Speaker: Teresa Mosher
As one of the leading Garden and Rose Consultants in New England, Teresa will review uncovering winter protected roses, pruning various types, planting, fertilizing, and choosing hardy roses.

Thursday, May 2, 2024, 6:30 PM

Ecological Gardening Basics

Speaker: Cheryl Rafuse of Plant Magic Gardens

Cheryl will discuss Ecological Gardening Basics.  She will touch on native plants, best practices, best mulching techniques, ways to reduce water use, and the easiest plants to use for a garden centered around our environment and local water bans. 

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6:30 PM

Books in Bloom

Always one of the favorite meetings of the year, bring your creativity, imagination and design to life in your floral interpretation of your favorite book!  This event is a great opportunity to showcase the talents of our members and to have some fun as well.  Who will win the Golden Pineapple this year?

*Thursday, June 20, 2024, 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.

Join SGC & Help Our Mission

The Salem Garden Club 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.

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