Brian Smith separates the leaves of a deciduous azalea to show the small green larvae of an aaa;ea sawfly

Azalea Sawfly Makes Its Appearance

There are a lot of tasks that go into managing a public gardening, including monitoring for pests. Here, City Horticulturist Brian Smith finds azalea sawfly larvae on one of the park’s Exbury deciduous azaleas. These hungry critters have defoliated entire groups of deciduous azaleas in past years. Here’s what OSU says about the critter: “It…

Camas in bloom at Bush's Pasture Park

Camas in Bloom

The camas fields at Bush’s Pasture Park are now in bloom in the lower oak grove. These fields were managed before 1850 by the Kalapuya people who harvested the bulbs. The Camas have remerged after the park changed its maintenance procedures. You can learn more about the park’s camas and wildflowers here. Come and enjoy…

Camellia japonica in bloom at Bush's Pasture Park

Camellia Japonica in Bloom

The park’s extensive collection of Camellia japonica cultivars are in full bloom. These shrubs were likely planted by the landscape architect team of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver. Edith was quite fond of camellias while Elizabeth had a love of lilacs. The park’s camellia japonicas were likely planted in the 1950’s and 1960’s. You can…

Searching for signs of spring

Searching for Signs of Spring

A hardy group of eight souls braved a clear but cold day to tour Bush’s Pasture Parks searching for signs of Spring. Fortunately, there was plenty to see. The winter Helleborus orientalis (Lenten Rose) were in full bloom, along with early bulbs such as Galanthus nivalis (snowdrops), Chionodoxa luciliae, and Crocus thommasinianus (early Crocus). Daphne odora…

Tom Beatty smiles in front of his cake at his retirement party

Tom Beatty Retires as City Horticulturist

Tom Beatty retired as the City’s horticulturist 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,” he was more often out in the park supervising ground crews, planting spring bulbs…

Informational poster explaining the plan to remove and replace the park's Shogetsu cherry tree

Shogetsu Cherry Tree Removal & Replacement

The City and MSPC are working together to remove a damaged and failing ‘Shogetsu’ flowering cherry tree near the Conservatory. We have already purchased a replacement ‘Shogetsu’ cherry tree that will be planted in nearly the same location. calls the Shogetsu cherry tree “One of the finest Japanese cherries” and describes it as “a broad-spreading…

Pink flowers of a Jane Platt magnolia on the Ravine north hillside landscape bed

Bed 550 – Ravine North Hillside

The Ravine north hillside landscape bed contains: Trees Toxodium mucronatum (Montezuma Cypress) Magnolia stellata ‘Jane Platt‘ (Jane Platt Star Magnolia) Corylus americana Acer buergerianum (Trident Maple) Shrubs & Subshrubs Camellia japonica ssp. Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake‘ Skimmia japonica Evergreen azaleas Deciduous azalea Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Sykes Dwarf’ Rhododendron ‘Herbert’ Prunus laurocerasus ‘Mount Vernon’

White flowers of a Kalmia latifolia blooms on the lower Ravine landscape bed

Bed 549 – Lower Ravine Landscape Bed

The lower Ravine landscape bed contains: Trees Magnolia stellata Styrax japonicus ‘Emerald Pagoda’ Styrax japonicus Cornus x ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’ Shrubs & Subshrubs Kalmia latifolia Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Hiltingbury‘ Rhododendron ssp. (broadleaf) Rhododendron ssp. (azalea) Rhododendron ‘PJM Elite’ Euonymus alatas compacta Escallonia x exoniensis ‘Pink Princess’ Berberis ssp Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Bagatelle’ Mahonia sp. Pinus mugo ‘Pumilio’ Calluna…