Please join us
Saturday June 8, 2019 – 10:30 a.m.
for our
“Welcome to the Community”
opening celebration!

An informal gathering for our donors, volunteers, friends, neighbors and park visitors! We’ll enjoy a quick stroll through the paths and a word about the different plant material selected for our garden design.

May 14, 2019


Thursday, April 25, 2019
Our benches were assembled and installed today. They look beautiful and they’re comfortable too!

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Easter weekend and signs of spring! (Daffodils, tulips, pansies and budding trees and shrubs.) A very damp young garden awaits its ‘foundation’ perennial plugs in transit.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Volunteers plant orange and blue pansies within the garden to offer color and welcome as fall bulbs break ground and foundation trees and shrubs show signs of budding.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Unassembled Pingree Park Garden benches are delivered directly to the park under the watchful eye of some Garden Committee members and the Wenham Department of Public Works! A huge FedEx truck arrives with a special lift-gate in order to safely unload the full weight of the bundled benches.

Month of March, 2019
With a perennial plan established, numerous perennial plugs are ordered with installation planned for the week of April 22, 2019 and the week of May 6, 2019.

Grants are written and applications go out the door.

A garden entry plaque design begins.

Late winter/Early spring, 2019
It’s official! The ‘Welcome to the Public’ date is established for Saturday, June 8, 2019 with an informal ceremony set for 10:30 a.m.
Garden Committee members begin the arduous task of researching appropriate plant material for this next phase of the garden. Aerial photos of the garden are taken so placement of perennials will complete the garden design taking into consideration texture, color, scale and specific plant needs. Although native plants are at the forefront of the plan due to their ability to adapt to NE seasons, specific non-native plants are also included for design purposes.


Winter, 2019
A prospective Eagle Scout steps up with a plan to build two picnic tables for the garden. After a great deal of planning and coordination on his part to ensure his project approval, these tables will be built this spring and generously donated and placed to the left of the garden under the tall pine trees.

Early winter, 2019
Garden Committee begins to envision an official opening during the first week of June, 2019. This will coincide with National Garden Week. Research on additional plant material and additional funding for the project takes place. Numerous meetings, discussions and research build the foundation as the garden heads into Phase II.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Garden Committee selects a style of plant marker stake to best identify all of the shrubs and trees that were donated and installed last fall, 2018. Plant marker stakes will list the Latin name, common name and a small dedication shared by the donor. The order for these plant stakes went out in early February, they will be installed in early May, 2019.

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Four, DuMor benches were ordered. These benches will be made specifically for the Pingree Park Garden and are expected to arrive in early spring. Four generous donors have provided HWGC funding for this seating within the garden.


Sunday, November 11, 2018
300 tulip bulbs generously donated by Corliss Brothers Garden Center and Nursery were installed by volunteers to ensure an abundance of color in early spring, 2019!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

75 daffodil bulbs were planted today in the hope of providing a splash of color in early spring, 2019.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Garden is mulched and ready for the winter months. Work will resume in early spring with the addition of additional shrubs, perennials and benches! Please stay tuned!

Saturday, October 6, 2018
A day of mulching!

Installation of our ‘foundation’ trees and shrubs was a three day process!

WED – September 19, 2018 – 44 holes marked with size and depth needed according to shrub or tree size.
THUR – September 20, 2018 – Digging Day!  Thanks to the turning of soil via the Wenham DPW, twelve HWGC and Community volunteers were able to dig our tree & shrub holes in less than 3 hours!
FRI – September 21, 2018– Installation Day.  Fifteen HWGC and Community volunteers return to plant our foundation trees and shrubs.

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Dear HWGC Members and Horticultural Friends,

We have made great progress on our Pingree Park Garden Project.  

Thanks to the Town of Wenham and the Department of Public works, our garden site is looking absolutely beautiful. Paths have been dug, edging installed and path material is going in as I type.  As hoped for, this garden will be here for the long haul and will add a beautiful and lasting touch to the park and its visitors.

Garden Committee has worked tirelessly pulling all the ends together this summer.  Please take a moment to visit Pingree and if the DPW is there, identify yourself and express a warm and very sincere, Thank You!

Our core foundation plant material is going quickly.  Thank you to those who have already donated.  For those who have been thinking it through, you might want to take a moment to look through this list.  Plants can be purchased directly through Corliss Bros., they have our list and will take down all your information.  You can also make a simple or small monitory donation at Corliss… if you do, be sure to leave your name on the Pingree Park Garden Project list as well. 

FOUNDATION PLANT LIST (Our current need seems to be with the smaller edge bushes, Red Twig Dogwood, Blueberry and Japanese Holly)  

Thank you!


Corliss Poster 8.22.18 v2

November 10, 2017 – Completion of Initial Dig


Prepping the Land

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November 5, 2017- Prior to Initial Dig