Volunteer Profile: Gary Pullman

If you’ve ever asked Gary a question, chances are you know it’s not easy to get a direct answer from him. His life story is no different…circuitous, often looping back to Oregon in his first few decades. My first question to Gary got an easy answer. How long have you lived in Salem? 5 decades…

Maureen McGee Joins MSPC Board of Directors

Tonkon Torp attorney Maureen McGee has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Mission Street Parks Conservancy (MSPC). MSPC helps the City of Salem preserve and celebrate the iconic public landscapes on and near Mission Street, with a current focus on Bush Pasture Park. “I’m an avid gardener and have a deep appreciation…

Tree Root Invigoration

The arboriculture company Bartlett’s Tree Experts was in Bush’s Pasture Park on Tuesday, May 10th, on several projects to help extend the life park’s trees. One of those projects was reinvigorating the root system around an historic flowering cherry tree. Root invigoration is a well-studied treatment that uses an air spade to blow soil away…

Tree Props

If you look carefully, you may notice some subtle changes to a few of the park’s trees. These are tree props, which as you may guess prop up trees, that are at risk of falling over. MSPC, with the encouragement of the City of Salem, hired Bartlett’s Tree Experts to assess, manufacture and install these…

A committee led by Elain Sedlack

The Rose Committee is Back in Action

The MSPC Rose Committee (Debbie Alexander, Gretchen Carnaby, Bill Meltzer, and Brian Smith) was called into action this past spring under the guidance of rose expert Elaine Sedlack.  Elaine has been a godsend to our committee.  We have not had expert guidance since Leonie Bell, nationally known old rose expert, visited the Tartar Old Rose…

White flowers

New Plants for the Park

Fall marks planting season in the Willamette Valley. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, MSPC was able to purchase and contribute 5 young Oregon white oaks (Quercus garryana) to the park. Two will go on the north side of the Bush House to help restore the historical appearance of the house while three will…

Debbie Alexander

Volunteer Profile: Debbie Alexander

Debbie Alexander loves plants.  She loves growing plants, learning about plants, and writing about plants. Debbie began thinking about plants after moving into a new house in Salem that lacked landscaping.  Knowing nothing about landscaping and gardening, Debbie began to educate herself by reading gardening books and visiting public and private gardens throughout the Willamette…

Jim Schomaker: Volunteer Profile

Perhaps you have noticed the gorgeous photographs on the Conservancy’s Facebook page or at the kiosk near the Bush House Museum.  Many of these photographs are the work of Jim Schomaker, who loves both gardening and photographing landscapes and flowers.  His two passions come together in his volunteer work for The Conservancy.  His contribution to…