The park’s extensive collection of Camellia japonica cultivars are in full bloom. You can also view our partial gallery of flower blooms here.
Welcome to the parks around Mission Street
An interactive map highlighting the numerous amenities of Bush’s Pasture Park, including playgrounds, museum, art gallery, rose garden, sports venues, picnic areas and more.
The Conservancy, and landscape designer Ron Miner, are working to enhance The Ravine that channels an intermittent spring from its origin near the upper pasture 200’ down to the informal amphitheater.
May through September, Bush’s Pasture Park Rose Garden is alive with blooms from over 100 modern and old rose cultivars. Over 2,000 individual rose plants are distributed among the garden’s 105 beds.
A hardy group of eight souls braved a clear but cold day to tour Bush’s Pasture Park in search of signs of Spring. Fortunately, there was plenty to see. The winter Helleborus orientalis (Lenten Rose) were in full bloom, along with…
Tom Beatty, the City’s horticulturist, retired on February 28th. His departure closes an 18-year tenure during which, among other duties, he served as the head gardener of Bush’s Pasture Park. While Tom had a desk at the park’s historic “root house,”…
Bush’s Pasture Park has several playgrounds and picnic areas located near the Bush Barn and both upper and lower Leffelle Street parking lots.
The Upper and Lower Oak Groves create a cathedral of welcoming shade for picnicking, playing, or just sitting and ‘forest bathing’.
The interior of the conservatory contains plants popular in Victorian glasshouses, and there are interpretive panels that bring the history of the structure ‘to life’.
The Hillside features about 130 varieties of species and hybrid rhododendron and azaleas, and well over 300 varieties of companion plants located on a 2½ acre east facing slope.
Pringle Creek flows along the western edge of the park, through the shade of big-leaf maples and other native trees, shrubs and ground cover. A narrow meandering path accesses the creek.
The Bush House Museum, in Bush’s Pasture Park, is preserved and interpreted to illuminate the lives and legacy of Salem’s Bush Family, the early development of Salem and Oregon history and culture.
Camas (Camassia quamash) carpet the lower Oak Grove, while the great camas (Camassia leichtlinii) can be found in the Rhododendron Hillside and among other wildflowers on the slope.
The Conservatory is starting to map the location on the park’s trees and woody shrubs, as well as the location and contents of mass planting beds. As we gather this data, the results are available through our interactive GIS map.
The Conservancy is working to locate and catalogue all of the park’s trees, woody shrubs, and contents of mass planting beds. This allows the public to search the parks’ plant collections. Users can search our database by entering attributes such as common name, scientific name, cultivar, and plant habit.