Jul 152013

What is one of the first things you see when looking at houses in Salem Ma? Shutters? Doors? Windows? Mostly likely it is a colorful window box. Salem is well known for this lively bit of exterior appendage to our structures. And to encourage as well as honor those who go the extra mile to dress up the city, Salem has been holding an annual Window Box Competition since 1993.

This year the Salem BeautificationWindow Box Sample Committee, The Salem Garden Club, and Mayor Kimberly Driscoll are inviting all of you residents to once again help beautify the city and show off your gardening talents. Registrations are required by Friday, July 26.

Ellen Talkowsky, Special Projects Coordinator for the City’s Department of Public Services, tells Salem MainStreets “We have a residential and a business category plus a ‘new entry’ category for participants who have not entered the competition before. Winners receive an award certificate, prize ribbons to put on their window boxes and a framed picture of their award winning box.”

 Judging takes place July 27-29 with the Awards Ceremony & Reception to take place on a day during Heritage Days. Interested participants should call 978-619-5676 or email etalkowsky@salem.com by putting “Window Box” in the subject line. Include your name, street address and telephone number in the email.


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