Windows have an artistic value beyond the utilitarian of keeping cold out and letting fresh air in. Walk down any street in Salem and you’ll see windows as the backdrop and support for creative & colorful flowered window boxes. To honor the businesses and homes that go the extra mile to help beautify Salem, the City has been holding an annual Window Box Competition since 1993.
Modesty aside, did you work hard on your window box design and placement? Then you deserve recognition and an award. The Salem Beautification Committee, along with The Salem Garden Club and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, have issued an open invitation for submissions.
Or if you are very creative, you’ve got time to make one very quickly for the Window Box Competition.
Wood of course is the traditional material with which to build a window box. But what kind of wood should be used? For example you might want to remove pine, which rots relatively quickly (and we do get a lot of rain & snow) from your options. And add cedar or redwood because of their rot-resistant qualities.
Of course people have gone away from wood totally with fiberglass, brick, metal, vinyl, and cellular PVC!
But time is running out! Registration for the Window Box Competition concludes Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Judging will take place July 25-31. Then the Awards Ceremony & Reception will be held during Heritage Days on Thursday, August 6th at 5:30 pm. in the garden of the Brookhouse, which is located at 180 Derby St.
For more information, rules and to register, call 978-619-5676. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Window Box Competition registration. Please include your name, street address and telephone number.
The mission of the Salem Beautification Committee is to assist the City in developing and pursuing initiatives that promote the beautification of the City. The goal of the Committee is to create civic pride and to motivate the City’s diverse population to participate in the beautification process.
(Photo courtesy of the Salem Beautification Committee Facebook page)