Seaside Garden Club’s March Meeting

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On Tuesday, March 14 Seaside Garden Club welcomes Jana Milbocker with a program on the Artists’ Gardens in New England.

Some of our most beloved painters, sculptors and authors were inspired by the gardens they created. Visit the private havens of Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickinson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Celia Thaxter and others in this virtual tour. 

Jana Milbocker is the principal of Enchanted Gardens (, a lecturer and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos and blog. She published The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018, The Garden Tourist’s New England in 2020, and The Garden Tourist’s Florida in 2021. The 2-acre garden surrounding…

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Hammond Castle

Reblogged from Hammond Castle
Join us on Saturday, April 1st from 10am to 4pm as we celebrate the start of our 48th season with our gift to you: Free Self-Guided Tours! No reservations necessary.
We can’t wait to show you all the wonderful things that we have planned for the 2023 season, starting with our entirely-updated Inventions Exhibit Room showcasing exciting new perspectives on Hammond’s work as a scientist, inventor and engineer. This season we will present a brand-new set of temporary exhibits including an interactive presentation that uses an AI-generated, animated, holographic projection of Hammond, who speaks to visitors about his scientific career which will be on display beginning in May through the end of August!!
Photo by: @FrankCGrace


High School  jazz musicians from Gloucester and Salem, joined by well-known adult players, are holding a benefit concert to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The event at Gloucester High School is free and open to the public, but the student organizers hope each attendee will contribute $10 if able to.

Every penny raised will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a world leader in the battle against childhood diseases.

The concert is the brainchild of Gloucester High School students Elijah Sarrouf, Esme Sarrouf  and Tyler Weed.

“My goal is to start a tradition of bringing the local communities together through music and a common cause, in this case St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Elijah Sarrouf, a senior at Gloucester High School.  “It’s really important that we can give our talents through music to help kids battling cancer, and I’d love for this to be something bands across the North Shore come together every year to do.”

The lineup will include: the Gloucester High School Docksiders jazz band; the Salem High School Jazz Quintet and Jazz Ensemble; local  band-leader Brandon Tarricone and his Dixieland Jazz band; and guitarist Krewe De Roux.

“We reached out to Salem High School and to Krewe De Roux and they jumped right in,” Weed said. “Others have said they want to join next year, so we hope this is the first of many.” The students are especially grateful for the participation of Salem High School bands director Cynthia Napierkowski and Gloucester High School bands director Cole Lundquist and to the Gloucester High School administration for making the performance space available.

The Sarrouf family has been involved in raising support for St. Jude for decades. Elijah and Esme’s father, John, said of the concert: “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded by Danny Thomas, a master performer, so it’s lovely that teenagers decided to use a musical performance to advance his oft-stated mission that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”

Jazz fans who are unable to attend the event but would like to support the initiative may give at the fundraising website: 

A Walk In The Park

It was almost springlike recently when I took a little walk around the park area including the Fitz Henry Lane House and the Fitz Hugh Lane statue. I am walking the line between the 2 names best known for the local artist born Nathaniel Rogers Lane in 1804 and legally changed his name to Fitz Henry Lane in 1834. You can be forgiven for confusion over the name Fitz Hugh Lane which apparently was erroneous. (More info on that here from the National Gallery of Art) The Gloucester Harbor Walk provides further information here, as well as fellow blog contributor Catherine Ryan’s post from March 2019 which can be found here. Further information on the Fitz Henry Land house and Fitz Hugh Lane statue can also be found here from Cape Ann Museum.

Regardless, all that background info isn’t really necessary in order to enjoy the paved walkways, benches and tables in this park area. And, of course, the Alfred Duca statue overlooking Harbor Loop is most striking. I am not sure how all the pine cones ended up nearby but they don’t detract from the statue’s beauty. There were families and couples enjoying a little quiet time and scenery while I was there. Maybe don’t worry too much about Henry vs Hugh and just enjoy the surroundings while you are there.

Learn How to Grow Your Own Food From Seeds

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🌱 Pattypan squash! 🍉 Watermelon! 🍅 Kumato and Sungold tomatoes! 🧽 Smooth luffa gourd! 🐝 Wild bergamot! 🦋 Coreopsis! These are just a few of the veggies and flowers that the Backyard Growers team is looking forward to starting from seed indoors this spring.

You too can get a jumpstart on the 2023 growing season by starting your own seeds indoors RIGHT NOW! In this week’s online workshop How to Start Seeds Indoors, we’ll take you through the process of starting your own seeds, including a materials list, dos and don’ts, and a live Q&A.

Here are the details:
📍 On Zoom
📆 This Wednesday, March 8, 6:30pm
🎟 $15 general admission / FREE for Backyard Growers program participants (e.g. 2022 & 2023 Community Garden, Backyard Garden, GrowBag Garden Programs)

Plus, swing by our office at 103R Maplewood Ave, Gloucester, the next day on March 9…

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