The small yellow flowers of Winter Jasmine add color to the late-season garden. Here it grows a metal window grille of the Bush House Museum

Winter Jasmine Adds Color to the Garden

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is a cascading deciduous shrub with tiny non-fragrant bright yellow flowers that bloom on bare bright green stems in late winter before its leaves appear in spring. It can be grown as a mounding shrub or trained on a support, though it doesn’t have tendrils for climbing. If left as a…

Rose Garden Brick Rehabilitation Album

The City and MSPC plan to rehabilitate the historic brickwork that encircles and defines the focal point of the Lord & Schryver-designed garden, which  houses the Mae Tarter Old Rose Collection. The work includes removing the existing bricks, installing a concrete base, then reinstalling the bricks in the exact pattern in which they were originally…

Tying Climbing Roses

We have several dozen odd, helical iron posts at Bush’s Pasture Park that hold climbing roses. The posts date from the early 1960’s. Each year, each rose has to be pruned to the ten strongest canes, then wound and tied to the posts’ crossbars. It takes about 40-50 knots per rose and takes anywhere from…

The Ravine Landscape Project Moves Forward

The Ravine enhancement project is moving towards its installation phase, thanks to a supply of local boulders gifted to us by Betty O’Brien of Elton Vineyards and the folks at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Thanks, too, to the City of Salem for use of their trucks. The project is led by landscape designer Ron Miner. “The…

Featured Plant for October: Chinese Hawthorn Tree

Bush Park’s Chinese Hawthorn tree (aka Crataegus pinnatifida) is at its peak fall color now. The Chinese use the fruit in candy, jam, jelly, and desserts. It’s common to see children eating sugar-coated Hawthorn berries on a stick. Chinese and Western herbalists also use the fruit to treat hypertension and coronary artery disease, to lower…

The Diversity Tree

Recently, one of our Facebook Friends asked “Why is an apple tree at Bush Park called the Diversity Tree?” Turns out there are two Diversity Trees— planted in 1981 and 2005. The Salem Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission, along with concerned members of the community planted both trees in response to hate activity occurring…

Conservancy Volunteer Gardener is Salem Art Association’s “Featured Artist”

Jim Schomaker, a long-time volunteer with Mission Street parks Conservancy (previously Friends of Bush Gardens) is currently Salem Art Association’s Featured Artist. His exhibit focuses on capturing Bush’s Pasture Park’s roses through photography. “I wanted to show two things; roses start to atrophy and lose their health, withering with the onset of winter, and they…