Flora Ann Bynum Society

Created to honor Flora Ann Bynum, a vital and essential member of the Southern garden history scene, this Society Level membership of the Gardens at Old Salem is dedicated to preserving history through landscape restoration and preservation.

In 1971, Flora Ann Bynum began the process of gathering information to restore the gardens and landscapes of early Salem.  Under her direction, Old Salem Museums & Gardens’ landscape restoration became a national leader among museum and preservation professionals.  The New York Times described Old Salem’s landscapes as one of the most authentic of any outdoor museum in America.

By establishing this Society in her honor, we can collectively carry on the legacy of this remarkable lady and ensure that her hard work continues to thrive and flourish well into the future.


Discover all that is happening in the gardens and landscapes at Old Salem:

Core Initiative: Seeds with Stories

Scholarship and Research: Horticulture


Membership Levels  

Society Level • $1,000

Botanist Level • $2,500

Arborist Level • $5,000 – Above


Members at all levels receive:

  • Unlimited, free admission for one full membership year to the Town of Salem, the Gardens at Old Salem, and MESDA’s self-guided galleries
  • Recognition in select Old Salem Museums & Gardens print and online publications
  • 10% off purchases in Winkler Bakery and in our retail stores (some restrictions apply)
  • 25% off one retail item (not to be combined with any other discounts or offers. Some restrictions apply)



  • General Admission for up to eight (8) adults per visit
  • Invitations to Flora Ann Bynum Society member-only events
  • Exclusive “Behind the Scenes” Tours

* Based on membership level.  Please contact The Office of Development for specific details