There’s no doubt about it that according to the calendar, spring is here. But the weather is raw and rainy and we all need an antidote. The Salem Inn has one for you—flowers! When you visit the Inn you will be greeted with our fabulous container gardens and window boxes. The cheerful pots are planted with daffodils, ranunculus, tulips, viola, and ivy. Pussywillows add some height and structure to the arrangements. Window boxes also include columbine in a lovely peach color.
Planters in front of the West and Peabody Houses
We also would like to welcome our new head gardener, Alison Liex, whose knowledge of plants and creativity are unsurpassed. She has a background as a graphic designer which informs her aesthetic sense. Previously, she worked and learned at Towaga Garden Center in Colorado, which led to her doing custom planting for a number of famous baseball and basketball players. Mostly, though, she has learned by doing. Just getting her hands dirty! We are so excited to have her on board!
She and her gardening assistant, Anya Bachman, have been working hard to plan the Inn’s backyard courtyard where guests can enjoy their breakfast and complimentary wine hour once the weather allows. They have been busy planting vinca, columbine, and poppies, while waiting for the existing perennials (hosta, sedum, foxglove, etc.) to come out of their snuggly winter beds.
Here are pictures from last year to give a taste of what we have in store!
Boxwood with sweet potato vines and petunias
Foxglove, hosta, and spirea on the berm
Larkspur, foxglove, ornamental grasses on the courtyard berm