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 lordandschryverconservancy.org. Update your bookmarks and tell all your friends.