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Family Planting Project

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 10 am–noon and 1–3 pm (weather permitting)

Free program

This program will run May 18-May 22 and May 25-29. Please sign up for a shift on the day that works best for you.

Join PEM’s Head Gardener Robin Pydynkowski for a unique hands-on gardening experience. With over an acre of land for safe social distancing, the Ropes Mansion Garden provides an opportunity to connect with nature, learn about planting and help beautify one of Salem’s historic outdoor spots. Participating families will be assigned a section of an annual bed to plant, all while learning the basics of gardening!

To ensure safe distancing, each two-hour planting session is limited to two families (with a maximum of four individuals per group) and face masks are required. No experience or tools are necessary, just bring a willingness to dig in and get your hands dirty. Registrants will receive one garden marker per family mailed to their home in advance to decorate and bring with them. Everyone is welcome back this summer to visit the garden to see and savor the flowers of their labors.

In this unique outdoor classroom experience, students will:

  • Use their senses to explore and investigate the world around them

  • Learn about parts of plants and their functions: roots, seeds, leaves, stems and flowers

  • Discover tips for proper spacing and how to “place and face” the plants for the best presentation as to how they will be viewed

Recommended for ages 5 and up
Location: Ropes Mansion Garden, 318 Essex Street
Limited number of spaces available. To register or if you have questions, please email info@pem.org or call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.