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Date: June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cost: Free

In 1908, Caroline Emmerton, purchased a storied old home in what was then, a growing working-class section of Salem, and turned it into a museum portraying the setting of the novel that gave the museum its name, The House of the Seven Gables. Her mission was to provide social services for the immigrants who lived in the Derby Street neighborhood, funded by admissions fees to the museum.


Her vision, however, went beyond social service to include the creation of a restful, peaceful place for those who led a harsh daily life in the local mills and factories. A place to escape if only for a few brief moments. She created a garden by the sea, in her own words, “a garden with old world charm. “


Please join us, on Sunday, June 23 at 2 PM for a brief history of the garden’s evolution with an emphasis on the restoration and redesign that began in the early 1960s by two outstanding horticulturalists: Daniel Foley, a true Renaissance man and an international star in the horticultural world and his protégé Robyn Kanter, who has continued his work, incorporating her own knowledge and creativity to preserve Caroline Emmerton’s vision to this day.


After the brief presentation, Kanter will join us in the garden for a tour. A newly created booklet on the history of the garden will be given to all, and a new role for the garden will be outlined. Refreshments will be served. This afternoon in the garden is free but registration is required. Hope you can join us!





June 23
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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