For Gardeners

Gardeners Code of Conduct

Click here to read the Code of Conduct we ask all Gardeners to follow.

Special COVID-19 Public Health Measures

For the safety of our gardeners and the general public SCG is requiring that all gardeners follow these rules until further notice. Thank you for helping us to keep the gardens open!

  • Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth at all times

  • Maintain a distance of 13 feet between gardeners

  • For Mack Park and Palmer Cove, a maximum number of 12 people will be allowed in the garden at one time; for Pickman and Splaine Parks the maximum occupancy in the garden is 6 people;

  • Disinfect locks on gates and sheds before and after use

  • Bring your own tools whenever possible; disinfect shared tools before and after use

  • Use the hand washing stations provide by the water spigots when entering and leaving the garden

  • No group activities are allowed in the gardens

Resources For Gardeners

Hardware stores with their garden and seed sections and plant nurseries are being treated as essential services during the pandemic. Here are some suggestions for purchasing seeds and plants. Let us know if you have others!

The Food Project. A nonprofit in Lynn that sells starter seedlings. Proceeds go to their community work! Go to

Maitland Mountain Farm in Salem have confirmed that they will be selling starter plants at their nursery this year (as of March 25th). They expect to have herbs, fruit and vegetable plants in early May. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Northeast Nurseries in Peabody remains open. Seeds, plants and equipment can be ordered for pick up.

Seed Savers Exchange. SSE is a nonprofit providing online educational resources, seeds for sale, and a national seed exchange program. They have temporarily suspended orders, but the great educational resources are still there!

Fedco Seeds, a cooperative company in Clinton, ME, sells seeds, plants and trees that thrive in Northeastern climates.

Johnny's Selected Seeds, an employee-owned company in Waterville, ME, sells a wide variety of organic and non-organic seeds and bare-root plants.

Wolf Hill Nursery in Ipswich is open and has starter plants.

*Revised July 14, 2020

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