March 29, 2020
Spring Update: Uncommon Times
Dear LSC Friends,

Spring was Elizabeth's and Edith's favorite season and it's ours as well. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gaiety Hollow, like other beautiful gardens will be closed to the public this Spring. However, we anticipate that the 800 bulbs planted by our volunteers this past Fall will be as glorious as ever and we look forward to sharing images and other garden news with you.  

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Canceled Events Due to COVID-19
In addition to cancelling this season’s Open Gardens and Docent-led Tours at Gaiety Hollow and Deepwood, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the much anticipated 2nd Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour that had been scheduled for May 30 & 31 in the Historic Court-Chemeketa neighborhood.

While this is a hardship for LSC, our greater concern is the impact of this pandemic on those whose lives are upended. We look forward to better times when we can continue providing these and other popular events to the community.
Bringing Back Victory Gardens
You Can Help

How can the Lord & Schryver Conservancy and fellow gardeners support our community in this time of need?

One way you can help is to plant a Victory Garden. These gardens were popular in Oregon during wartime as noted in this recent OPB article . Elizabeth and Edith were big supporters of Victory Gardens with Edith going so far as to say, “ I f you didn’t plant for the war effort you were a bum. ” They developed Victory Garden planting plans and plant lists for home gardeners. Click here to learn about their favorite Victory Garden crops.

Some of you may take pride in growing produce at your home garden to feed your families and share with neighbors and friends. Others may tend a plot in a local community garden. As you plan for this year, why not plant some extra rows to harvest and donate to your local food pantry?

We recently reached out to colleagues at Salem Harvest and Marion Polk Food Share to see how LSC might support their ongoing food security programs. Both organizations said the need is greater than ever and that they would appreciate our help, however small.

Although it’s unlikely that these organizations can collect produce from individual home gardens, we can still make this work. Please email me if you are interested in becoming a Lord & Schryver Victory Gardener, and I will keep you updated on our planning progress.   
This is a hard time financially for all nonprofits, including ours. Please consider donating now so we can continue pursing our core mission during these difficult times.

Stay well.
Pam Wasson
Executive Director
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