Fall Rain Ushers in Tree Planting Season

The start of the raining season in the Willamette Valley means that it’s time to start planting trees and shrubs. The cool, wet weather allows plants to get established before they face the stress of our hot and dry summers. The first trees to arrive for fall 2019 include ‘Golden Glory‘ Cornus mas, ‘Prairifire‘ crabapple,…

The Tuesday Gardeners at Work

Kathy and Jenna work to close out an unneeded landscape bed. Gabrielle carries an armful of Spirea clippings to the debris bin. Jaylene pauses from her work of pruning an overgrown Spirea thunbergii. Debbie, too, is tackling overgrown spirea in the beds east of the Bush House Museum. Janet shows off her new hat. Gary…

Keeping Up with the Conservancy

At little over a year ago, MSPC signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of Salem to help maintain the northwest corner of Bush’s Pasture Park (among other things). We’ve been busy since then. Here’s a short guide to what we’ve been up to: Landscape Bed Rehabilitation Project. The park’s northwest corner contains more…

Children’s Rock Scramble Proposal is Withdrawn

MSPC has withdrawn its proposal to install a small rock scramble in the Ravine area of Bush’s Pasture Park, immediately downhill from the Crooked House playground. In our meeting with the City to discuss the project, we learned that the City does not have a ‘nature play” policy that would permit the installation of non-standard…