So now that winter has faded, the mud has dried and summer is spilling into frame, it’s time you visit the garden! Many have dropped by over the last couple of years for creative outdoor programming, including yoga, tours, art-making or simply taking time to browse the Little Free Library. For those of you itching to get outside and smell the roses, you can look forward to an amazing lineup of free programming this summer.
Plug Into Your Senses: Gardening in Every Season | Wednesday, July 11 at 6 pm & Thursday, July 12 at 10 am
Tovah Martin returns to share the joys of gardening by encouraging you to explore the wealth of stimuli that landscapes have to offer. Approach the garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground and hands outstretched. Martin is a gardening expert, author and contributor to PBS television series Cultivating Life. Book signings for her new book Boot Camp for your Senses: The Garden in Every Sense and Season follow the programs. Space is limited, so reserve your spot for the Wednesday session here or Thursday here! Made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund.
Smartphone Photography Workshop | Saturday, July 28, | 2-4 pm
Want to capture better pictures using your mobile device? Get helpful tips and practice with master nature and landscape photographer Paul Nguyen as you explore the colorful gardens at the museum's Ropes Mansion in Salem! Reservations required by Tuesday, July 24 at pem.org/events/smartphone-photography. Recommended for teens and adults. Made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund.
Music, Wine and Pastels | Wednesday, August 8 | 6–8 pm
Drop by for live music and the chance to sketch the environment with pastels. Artist Jim Chisholm is on hand to offer drawing tips, and wine and small bites will be available for purchase. Offered in conjunction with Salem Heritage Days. The rain date for this event is Thursday, August 9.
Ropes Mansion garden, 1915-1916. Peabody Essex Museum.
Built in 1727 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ropes Mansion is recognized as one of New England’s most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses. Just a 10 minute walk from PEM at 318 Essex Street, the mansion is open seasonally, on Saturdays and Sundays, from Noon-4:00pm and free to the public. Guests are invited to wander throughout the 15 rooms, exploring at their own pace. PEM Guides are on hand to answer your questions. The Ropes Mansion garden is open every day, year-round, from dawn to dusk.