PEM’s serene 5,000-square-foot garden situated off the new wing offers a mental and acoustic break from your museum experience. Designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the garden space features nearly 300 varieties of shrubs, 60 trees, 37 species of flowers, an 11-foot cascading water feature and multiple benches to sit and relax.
Ropes Mansion Garden | 318 Essex Street
A 10-minute walk from PEM, the Ropes Mansion garden blooms with plant life that’s as equally appealing to butterflies as it is to visitors. Designed by Salem botanist and horticulturist John Robinson in 1912, the one-acre Colonial Revival-style garden welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Located in Salem’s McIntire Historic District, the tranquil space is open to the public 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk, at no charge. Dogs are most welcome.