Conservancy’s Work Helps Shift Park Agenda

MSPC was formed, in part, to respond to threats to the Oregon White Oaks in Bush’s Pasture Park. Among MSPC’s first actions was to commission a professional scientific study of the oaks and, based on that study, recommend significant changes in how the City manages them.  Since the study, the City has changed how it…

A New Blast of Color for the Park

WOW! If you missed this garden extravaganza, there is always next year. The addition of the new ‘Hot Border’, so named for its vivid color palette, came into its glory this past July.  This garden project located immediately south of the Bush Conservatory was funded by a grant from the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon…

The Summer Plant Sale is Back! 

After a COVID-enforced hiatus, MSPC will again host our annual summer plant sale on Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17, from 10 am – 3pm both days.  The sale will be held near Bush House Museum under the cool shade of the English white oaks. Our diverse group of growers include Van Hevelingen Herb…

MSPC Hires Garden Manager

After an unsuccessful recruitment effort to fill the new Garden Manager position, the Board invited former MSPC president Michael Slater to step into the 1-day a week role. Michael led the organization from its founding in 2018 through early 2020. He has served on the Board continuously. Michael’s role will be to coordinate with City…

Storm damaged tree

Ice Storm Assessment

The park’s tree collection suffered some significant damage from the ice storm of February 13. While City staff focused on making the upper and lower oak groves safe and accessible, a team from MSPC surveyed the damage to historical flowering tree collection in the Orchard. We identified 25 trees that had suffered some sort of…

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Looking for a Capable Garden Manager

Mission Street Parks Conservancy wants to contract with a Garden Manager who will support and lead our regular Tuesday Gardeners volunteer group, among other duties. The ideal contractor will have experience and/or education in horticulture and garden design, will oversee Tuesday’s volunteer gardeners in Bush’s Pasture Park, and will organize plant sales. We think about…

Tarter Rose Collection brick focal point with sun dial

Tarter Rose Focal Point to be Restored

The focal point of the Tarter Old Rose Collection is a mortared brick circle with roses planted around a sundial pad in the center.  Over the years, the brickwork has deteriorated and needs to be restored and stabilized so that it will last. MSPC, working in concert with the City of Salem, has found a…

City’s Cultural Landscape Moves Ahead

The City of Salem began with ambitious plans to engage the public in development of a Cultural Landscape Management Plan for Bush, Deepwood, and Yew Parks.  Then COVID-19 intervened.  Meetings were out; Zoom is in! The City and its consultants shifted to virtual meetings and an on-line survey to solicit public comment.  The Mission Street…

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Anne Teeling: Volunteer Profile

Tuesday Gardener Anne Teeling – better known as Anya or Annie – moved to Salem in 2009 from Illinois.  Anya grew up in Chicago and its suburbs.  She worked as a member of the horticulture and landscape maintenance crew at the world-famous Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, near Chicago.  https://www.mortonarb.org/ After retiring from The Morton…