Spring may be a bit slow in arriving, but the flowering trees and the first brave bulbs were putting on a beautiful show for the attendees of the first Lord and Schryver open garden tour Saturday.
The tour started at Gaiety Hollow, which was the home garden and personal home of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, the first women in the Pacific Northwest to own and operate their own landscape architecture firm. The firm designed over 200 landscapes and gardens in the Pacific Northwest region between 1929 and 1969.
The next stop was across the street to Bush’s Pasture Park to view the Tartar old rose and ornamental tree collection. Both of these gardens were also designed by the Lord and Schryver partnership. Currently, the Mission Street Parks Conservancy and the City of Salem care for both gardens and are seeking funds for their restoration.
The last stop on the tour was to view the Lord and Schryver designed gardens at Deepwood Museum and Gardens. In 1929, Lord and Schryver began a 10-year collaboration with Alice Brown, designing a series of garden rooms on her five acre property with its 1894 Queen Anne House located just two blocks east of Gaiety Hollow.
The Lord and Schryver Conservancy cares for the historic gardens at Deepwood, and the most notable of these gardens includes the Tea House and Scroll Garden.
Gaiety Hollow is the home base to the Lord & Schryver Conservancy, who are responsible for organizing the open tours every year. Future dates are Saturdays from April through September. More information can be found at https://lordschryver.org/programs-and-events.
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Laura Tesler has lived in Salem, Oregon for 20 years and is originally from Flint, MI. Laura has been an underwater photographer for 15 years, and is an avid scuba diver. Topside, she has been taking photographs since age 12, and currently works on assignment for the Salem Reporter, and full time purchasing land for fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley. Laura attended Oregon State University, and has traveled extensively all over the world and the United States.