May 4, 2020
Spring News
Dear Friends:

This Spring, due to cancelled programming and pruned budgets, we have replaced our popular printed newsletter with this online version. We hope to reinstate our printed newsletter this Fall. Until then, we look forward to sharing these garden updates and photos with you.

Despite today's many uncertainties, we are grateful that our gardens continue to flourish and lift our spirits. Gaiety Hollow remains closed for now due to social distancing requirements. However, Deepwood is a public park so its gardens remain open to visitors.

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Gaiety Hollow Gardens

The dainty tulips planted in the Parterre Garden have rewarded us with a wonderful show throughout April but are finally starting to fade. We will dig them up (all 800!) and ripen them off using an old-fashioned method. The bulbs will be dipped in a sulfur suspension, wrapped in burlap and set in the sun so their foliage withers - all to ready them for replanting this fall.

Although saying farewell to the tulips saddens us, the many Rhododendrons along the West Allee are secretly thrilled with this turn of events as attention can now shift toward their massive pink, red and white blossoms.

By mid-May, Delphiniums in all shades of blue will take over the Flower garden. Delphiniums were often used by Lord and Schryver as depicted in this pre-1933 glass lantern slide as well as Elizabeth's 1939 journal entry: " Think the Canterbury Bells [Campanula medium] could snuggle up against Delphiniums with perhaps a group of Iris which would bloom earlier & not hurt the Delphinium bloom."
Deepwood Gardens

The many flowers throughout the Tea Garden and Scroll Garden borders bloomed just in time for Easter. It was an early season, and as at Gaiety Hollow, we are ready to get summer plantings underway.

For many years, a native yew tree stood just south of the house. Alice Brown’s sons enjoyed playing in the hollow old tree and reading Albert Bigelow Paine’s “The Hollow Tree and Deep Woods Book,” which led to the house being named Deepwood. In 1986, the Parks Department removed the tree due to its poor health.

When giving tours and passing the nondescript little lawn, L&S docents would tell the story of the old tree that was no longer there. Both the Historic Landscape Report and Addendum recommended replacing the tree, but decades passed, and a larger specimen was never found. Finally, late last year, we planted a healthy nursery-grown native yew in the old tree’s place.
New Educational Video

Our 2020 Women/Students in Horticulture Field Days that were to take place this Spring at Gaiety Hollow were canceled due to the pandemic. At the same time, instructors were being told to teach their classes online. We asked our Field Day educational partners if a virtual garden tour with added educational elements would be helpful to them. So far, we've had positive responses from the University of Oregon's History of Landscape Architecture class, North Salem High School's Introduction to Horticulture class and Chemeketa Community College's Horticulture Department.

A big thank you to the Marion County Development Corporation for allowing us to redirect our Field Days grant funds to this video project.
Progress on the Story Map

The Lord & Schryver Conservancy is developing a StoryMap that uses mapping software to identify the physical location of each garden designed by Lord & Schryver, organize digitized materials into individual "garden stories" and then present these stories online.

T he project draws from our extensive archives of historic photographs, design plans, garden journals, news clippings and oral histories. The Archive Committee began this project last November and we plan to complete the first 20 stories by summer. This will be an ongoing project as L&S designed over 200 gardens during their 40-year career!

We appreciate the financial support provided by the William S. Walton Charitable Trust and the Schwemm Family Foundation for this project. These funds enable us to scan the many historic documents required to tell these unique garden stories.
As we move through these uncertain times, we hope you and your loved ones remain in good spirits and health. We look forward to seeing you in person in the not too distant future. Until then, please enjoy time spent in your garden or favorite nature spot.

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Stay well.
Pam Wasson
Executive Director
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