Friday, March 27, 2009

Volunteers needed for Spring Garden Day at the Phillips House!

Volunteers are essential to the survival of non-profits, historic houses, museums, and heritage sites. Here is a great opporutnity to volunteer your time by spending a spring day outside in the gardens of the Phillips House on Chestnut Street.


Salem, MA
Saturday April 18

Join Historic New England and Plant Creations of Groveland for a day at the Phillips House to begin a light yard clean up and spring planting based on the Phillips family’s records. Bring your own tools. A light continental breakfast is provided.

There is no need to RSVP or to come for the entire morning. The staff would be thrilled if you stopped by to just rake a pile of leaves or plant a few flowers. This is a great opportunity to bring your children or grandchildren by the house and spend the morning out-of-doors while learning a little more about Salem’s resources. A free pass will be provided to all participants to tour the house that day or in the future.

The staff of the Phillips House has been researching Anna Phillips’ seed catalogs and orders from the 1920s-1930s in order to begin the process of creating a more accurate landscape based upon the Phillips family’s time at 34 Chestnut Street. Historic New England’s property care staff will be undertaking a cultural landscape report this summer, adding to the wonderful history that already exists for the Phillips House.

About Historic New England
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