Deepwood: what’s blooming now 3/21

A few photos from Deepwood this morning. Many of the Gaiety Hollow plants are repeated at Deepwood. Here are a few new plants and a few that were too pretty no to include a second time.

In the Tea House Garden.

Walking down to the the Scroll Garden.

Near the entrance from Mission St.

Camellias by the house foundation

Oemleria cerasiformis (Indian plum), a native plant common throughout the Deepwood natural areas.


Gaiety Hollow: what’s blooming now 3/21

In an effort to help our docent program answer questions about plants in the gardens, I am going to periodically post a stream of photos of flowers and plants identified. I hope that some of these photos might entice you to visit the gardens.

(Click on or mouse-over the image for the name of the plant.)

In the front garden and West Allee.

Scattered throughout the gardens are hellebores.

In the Flower Garden.

In the Drying Garden.

A Wet Spring…


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I was in the garden today…dodging raindrops on the way into a meeting…and I reflected on how beautiful this garden is…even on the very dreariest of wet spring days…

I noted some boxwood trimming had begun…

the pergola construction was well underway…

making us glad that this structure will be there providing shade next summer…like it did last summer…and for many summers to come…

the rain has helped the new lawn in the drying garden flourish…

and once inside…the fire was going and Bobbie was welcoming Bill Noble to the meeting.

Bill is here in Oregon lecturing on the Cornish Colony in New Hampshire.  His lecture in Salem is this coming Sunday (March 19th) at 2:00 in the Dye House at the Willamette Heritage Center.    I KNOW you won’t want to miss this one.   Bill formerly was with the Garden Conservancy and now works as a consultant to many famous gardens, including our own.  He is a knowledgeable and lively person, pictured like this for publicity purposes…

and here are my meeting notes…

but today we had a little fun…

See you Sunday!

Sunshine and volunteers


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Yesterday felt like the first true day of spring. The sun was shining and we could see blue blue sky between the white fluffy clouds. For the first time this season, the volunteer gardeners were able to get some work done at Gaiety Hollow. Not only did they finish planting all the spring annuals, but they also tackled the hellebore leaves. What a weight off my shoulders!

The carpenters were also out working in the sunshine. One crew on the Pergola; one crew repairing the garage doors. If we get a spate of nice weather, we hope that both projects can be finished before the tour and open gardens begin.


Chris and Tom work on the Pergola

In other news, we are really looking forward to Bill Noble‘s visit this coming week. Before starting his own consulting business, Bill was Director of Preservation at the Garden Conservancy and worked closely with noted gardens such as Longue Vue, the Gardens at Alcatraz, the Ruth Bancroft Garden, the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, and Hollister House Garden. He has been a great resource for the L&S Conservancy for several years. He will  be meeting with the board and committees this coming Friday and Saturday. And then, on Sunday, March 19, he will give a presentation on the Cornish Colony at 2pm in the WHC Dye House.


Edith Schryver cut her teeth at the Cornish Colony while working for Ellen Biddle Shipman. Shipman was one of the foremost designers of her time and known for her formal gardens and lush planting style. She was of the first generation of women to break into the male-dominated landscape architecture profession. There is no doubt of her influence on Edith Schryver.


Don’t miss this presentation! Not only is Bill a dynamic speaker, not only will he tie the Cornish Colony to the story of Edith and Elizabeth, but…There will be birthday cake!

Edith’s 116th birthday is on March 20th, but we are celebrating a day early with everyone who attends Bill’s lecture. Come for an energetic and lush presentation, stay for the cake! We hope to see you there. Don’t forget to register online.

Is it spring yet?


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While the East Coast is bragging about cherry trees and magnolias in bloom, here in Salem we had flurries this morning. Winter has hung on tight this year. Nonetheless, spring is coming, slowly but surely.


At Gaiety Hollow, the crocus have been blooming cheerfully for the past week or two. From my office window, I can also see snowdrops, camellias, viburnum, and hellebore in full glory. Early spring annuals are waiting eagerly in the Service Yard to be planted in the Flower Garden. Anna’s hummingbirds can be heard chattering in the shrubs.


Next month, the Lord & Schryver Conservancy will begin our season of events. We will kick off with the “Mind the Gaps” Oregon Humanities conversation at Gaiety Hollow on March 3rd at 4:30pm.


The second full week of March, we are delighted to host garden designer and preservationist Bill Noble. Bill will be here to talk with the board and help guide the Conservancy as we move forward. On March 19th, at 2pm, he will present a talk on the Cornish Colonies in the Dye House at the Willamette Heritage Center. Bill is an engaging speaker and will help us understand the link between the Cornish Colony aesthetic and Edith Schryver’s designs. Please, spread the word! There is plenty of room and we would love a packed house. Register through the website.

Our first garden tours will be later in the month, on March 25.

Please note–Our website address has changed! It is now Update your bookmarks and tell all your friends.



February Flowers

Lindsey Kerr. Curator/Garden Manager

As we start the second week of February, the garden has begun waking up. Birds are singing in the camellias and snowdrops, crocus, and hellebores are in full bloom.

This week we will begin purchasing our early spring annuals and, weather permitting, see them safely tucked into the Flower Garden soil later this week.

Join us on March 3rd for our “Mind The Gaps” Oregon Humanities conversation with Jade Aquilar and get a sneak peak of the gardens in early spring (registration required). Our first Garden Tour will be March 25th at 10:30am.

Grab your pen!

Lindsey Kerr, Curator/Garden Manager

Grab your calendar! There are lots of events happening at the Lord & Schryver Conservancy this season and we don’t want you to miss out.

March 3rd. In conjunction with Oregon Humanities, we are hosting “Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives,” a conversation with Jade Aguilar. Aguilar is an assistant professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at Willamette University. Her broad areas of study are gender, sexuality, and family, and her main area of focus is the study of intentional communities. $5 per ticket. 4:30pm at Gaiety Hollow (545 Mission St. SE. Salem, OR). To register and for more information, visit the website.

March 19th. We welcome Bill Noble to give a talk on the Cornish Colony in New Hampshire. The Cornish Colony is significant to the Lord & Schryver story because Edith Schryver cut her teeth as a landscape architect while working for Ellen Shipman who was part of the Cornish Colony. You can see the direct influence of the Colony style on Schryver’s designs.$10 per ticket. 2pm at the Willamette Heritage Center’s Dye House. More information and tickets on the website .


March 25th. Our first Garden Tours of the season! We will be offering guided tours of the Lord & Schryver gardens at Deepwood Museum & Gardens and Gaiety Hollow on the 4th Saturday of the month, March-September. Trained docents will walk visitors through the gardens and share information about their history and design. Note that tours at Deepwood will begin promptly at 9am. Tours of Gaiety Hollow will begin at 10:30am. Tour dates are 3/25, 4/22, 5/27, 6/24 (no Deepwood), 7/22, 8/20, 9/23. Each tour is $5 per person over the age of 16.

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April 9. The first Open Garden at Gaiety Hollow will take place. Gaiety Hollow will be open to visitors the 2nd Sunday of the month, April through September, 1-4pm. Visitors may wander through the several “rooms” that make up the gardens and enjoy them at their own pace. Volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions. Open garden dates are 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10. Admission to the gardens is $5 for those over the age of 16.

Write all the dates in your calendar. Schedule them on your smart phone. We can’t wait to see you in the garden or at one of our educational events!

Spring ??


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Probably not, but today, in this part of the world, it was sunny and 46 degrees and it felt so spring-like I thought that Gaiety Hollow might be the place to go.  I wanted to see how the sod had survived in the new garden “room” and what progress had been made on the driveway…I’ll let the pictures tell the tale…





and there were a few little signs, even though we know very well there’s more winter ahead!


Bonnie Hull, Garden Correspondent

The driveway moves forward


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Written by Curator/Garden Manager Lindsey Kerr


(That title doesn’t sound quite right, does it?)

With a dusting of snow and the ground still frozen, work on the Gaiety Hollow driveway has come to a pause. Although it isn’t the most pleasant of sights at the moment, we are looking forward to the finished product as soon as the weather warms.

Most passersby will only notice the construction zone in the front yard, but there has been a lot of work behind the scenes leading to this moment. Dedicated volunteers have spent many hours researching the history of the driveway–yes, driveways have history!–and choosing the best plan for its rehabilitation.

When Gaiety Hollow was constructed in 1932, Edith and Elizabeth drove a Packard. The car was very small by today’s standards and the driveway narrow. A gate, designed by Edith, spanned the drive.



An un-dated early photograph. You can see the gate posts tucked in the hedges at the edge of the driveway. Lord & Schryver Architectural Records, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.


Thirty years later, Edith and Elizabeth were driving a Lincoln Continental, a much larger vehicle. (I think my mother would describe this car as a “boat”). The driveway had been widened and the original gate removed.


Taken the day of Edith’s memorial service in 1984.


Today, we are rehabilitating the driveway to reflect as best as possible the original intent. A few of the original slabs of concrete, laid in a Spanish bond pattern, are cracked and need to be re-poured. Those that are in good condition will be relaid in the same place. A strip of concrete to the sides, added at an unknown  date, will be removed and grass put down, per the original design. A new gate–styled after Edith’s original design–will be crafted and put in place.


The driveway in fall 2016.


We would dearly love to take the driveway back to its design in 1932, but considering modern uses, it simply isn’t practical. Modern trucks and vans are much wider and the narrow width of the old driveway would have, undoubtedly, led to vehicles scraping the gate posts. Thus, the width of the driveway will remain the same as Edith and Elizabeth knew it in the 60s, but with a gate that reflects the look of an earlier time.

We are also taking this opportunity to repair the lawn nearest the driveway and, later this season, to begin work on restoring the shrub border along the driveway.

Thanks to our generous donors and volunteers for making these projects possible. Special thanks to Russell Schutte at AC + Co Architecture | Community for his assistance with the project.

January optimism



Written by Lindsey Kerr, Curator/Garden Manager

Welcome to 2017!

It’s a cold January morning–10 degrees below normal for Salem–but we are excited about all the changes to come to Gaiety Hollow in 2017.

To kick off the new year, I arrived at work this morning to find that the men from Autumn Leaf Landscaping had completed the Drying Garden lawn restoration. The lawn was removed and a patio installed in the 1980s or 1990s. As part of the effort to take the gardens back to Elizabeth and Edith’s original design, we needed to remove the patio.

Later this year, I will research and plan the rehabilitation of the beds on either side of the Drying Garden. This will be a challenge because documentation is almost non-existent on this small garden. Elizabeth and Edith were, perhaps, like you and me when it came to designing their home garden–they moved plants here-and-there on impulse and forgot to note it in their journals. Or, perhaps, they did plan and take note but, sadly, those plans and notes were not kept after their deaths.

The next big project to come is the rehabilitation of the driveway. Not the sexiest project, it still needs to be done. Portions of the driveway will be re-poured, a new gate installed (based on Edith’s plans from the 1930s), and the lawn adjacent to the driveway regraded and improved.

As spring comes to the Valley, we will fill the Flower Garden with flowers that Elizabeth and Edith loved. Our plant choices and design are based on historic images and purchase records kept in the archives at the Knight Library at the University of Oregon.


The most exciting news is that the gardens will be open two times a month, April-September. Never before has the general public had such access to Elizabeth and Edith’s home gardens. Visitors can see the restoration in process and enjoy the beauty of Elizabeth and Edith’s designs. 

We hope to meet you in the garden!