Leadership Change at MSPC

Michael Slater stepped down as MSPC president on March 31st. The board elected Christine Chute as the new president. Michael served as MSPC’s first president and managed the Conservancy’s day-to-day work for the past 30 months. During his term, the organization evolved from the Friends of Bush Gardens to the Mission Street Parks Conservancy, installed…

Installation of New Park Trees Complete

Thanks to the generosity of MSPC members, we were able to contribute 17 new and carefully selected ornamental trees to Bush’s Pasture Park, including: Acer palmatum ‘Green Cascade’ Acer palmatum ‘Aconitofolium’ Acer palmatum ‘Fascination’ Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ by Mark and Sharon Krimmel Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis ‘Skyline,’ by Wally and Carlene Benson on behalf…

2019 Proposed Tree Removals

Mission Street Parks Conservancy and the City of Salem reviewed the Bush Pasture Park tree collection this summer. We identified 12 trees for removal. These trees fit one of several criterion: dead or dying, hazardous, or impinging on another, more valuable tree. (There are other criterion that did not come into play, such as diseased…

Wisteria vine

Bed 545 – Native Plant Bed

This bed contains: Trees Acer circinatum (Vine Maple) Acer circinatum  ‘Monroe’ (Monroe Vine Maple) Arbutus menziesii (Pacific Madrone) Tsuga mertensiana (Canadian Hemlock) Shrubs & Subshrubs Arctostaphylos columbiana (Hairy Manzinata) Garrya elliptica (Coast Silktassel Shrub) Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ (James Roof Silktassel Shrub) Garrya fremontii (Fremont’s Silktassel Shrub) Berberis aquifolium (Oregon Grape) Forsythia cv. Vaccinium ovatum (Evergreen Huckleberry) Mahonia…

A stewartia

Bed 542 – Stewartia Bed

This Stewartia Bed contains: Trees Oregon White Oak (Quercus garryana) Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia) Orangebark Stewartia (Stewartia monodelpha) Butterflies Magnolia (Magnolia x ‘Butterflies’) Elizabeth Magnolia (Magnolia x ‘Elizabeth) Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia) Shrubs and Subshrubs Camellia japonica, cvs Rhododendron cvs. (Exbury azalea selections) Rhododendron cv. Hibiscus syriacus…

French hydrangea

Bed 543 – Crooked House Bed

The Crooked House Playground Bed is immediately north of the playground. It was installed sometime after the land became a City park. The bed includes: Trees Kobus Magnolia (Magnolia kobus) Malus ‘Donald Wyman’ (‘Donald Wyman Crabapple) Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), Unknown cultivar Shrubs & Subshrubs Japanese Fatsia (Fatsia japonica) Miss Kim Manchurian Lilac (Syringa pubescens…

Bark of a maple tree

Bed 541 – South Island Bed

Bed 541-the South Island Bed-contains the following: Trees Acer griseum Fraxinus latifolia (Oregon Native Ash) Magnolia grandiflora (Evergreen Magnolia) Shrubs & Subshrubs Archtostaphylos hookeri ‘Wayside’ Berberis ‘Concorde’ Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Ring’ Decaisnea fargesii Deutzia crenata var. nakaiana ‘Nikko’ Choisya ternate ‘Sundance’ Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ Cotinus ‘Grace’ Cotinus obovatus Euonymus europaeus Juniperus communis ‘Compressa’ Osmanthus…

Bed 540 – North Island Bed

Bed 540-the North Island Bed-contains the following plants: Trees Malus x micromalus ‘Kaido Crabapple’ Prunus cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ (‘Thundercloud’ Purple-leaved Plum) Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ Shrubs & Subshrubs Acanthopanax sieboldianum variegatus Berberis thunbergii ‘Helmond’s Pillar’ Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Ring’ Berneris thunbergii ‘Crimson Velvet’ Cryptomeria japonica ‘Vilmoriniana’ Fothergilla ‘Mt. Airy’ Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ Juniperus communis ‘Compressa’ Lonicera nitida ‘Lemon…