Salem Botanical Garden Board President Regina Andler was busy Friday afternoon transforming the former Victorian Park in Salem into a haunted hallows for the organization’s First Annual Pumpkin Stroll. But while this night would be full of pumpkins and ghosts, the long-range plan is to transform the 3.9 acres off Route 28 in Salem into a serene, therapeutic environment featuring threatened native tree and plant species.
Andler said the first phase – transforming the golf course into a botanical garden -- will begin in the spring. But tonight’s Pumpkin Stroll is a fun way to build awareness by involving the community.
When the North Salem Elementary PTA heard of the upcoming “Pumpkin Stroll” fundraiser, members saw an opportunity to provide a creative and educational experience for the school’s students. About 65 fifth-grade students spent time this week carving pumpkins to enter into the contest. There is no charge for entering a pumpkin and prizes will be awarded in a number of categories.
“Many of our students are excited to go see their pumpkins as well as what others have submitted,” said Erin Richard, fifth-grade teacher at North Salem Elementary. “We’re always looking for creative activities that engage the students and promote awareness of the community and the world around them.”
The event will take place between 4-8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 & 24 at the former mini golf course at 350 North Broadway (Rt. 28) in Salem. Admission is $5 per person (kids under 5 are free.)