We are thrilled to welcome Hannah Curry as our new Head Gardener!
In this position, Hannah will be responsible for managing the restoration and maintenance of the historic garden at Gaiety Hollow as well as providing oversight of the Lord & Schryver-designed gardens at neighboring Deepwood. Hannah will also supervise the LSC volunteer gardeners and help support the organization’s community programming.
Hannah graduated from Oregon State Univerity with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Botany. She has 12 years of experience working as a field biologist in the berry industry and as a research technician at the USDA and various OSU laboratories.
Like many of us, Hannah began gardening at a young age alongside her grandmothers and mother who instilled in her a true appreciation for the great outdoors. She loves growing native plants, showy flowers, and all kinds of vegetables and herbs in her home garden here in Salem. Hannah especially enjoys watching native bees visit her yard.
In her free time, Hannah likes to hike, play the piano and guitar, read historical fiction, and research anything science-related. She enjoys spending time with her two young sons, helping them build Lego sets, playing games, camping, and attending their many baseball games. Hannah also volunteers as a disc jockey at a local Salem FM radio station where she has fun sharing all kinds of music with the community.
Hannah's strong environmental background will be helpful as we all consider how to make historic gardens such as ours more resilient to climate change.
If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by to say hello!