5 Beautiful Gardens to Visit this Spring in and Around Salem, Oregon

Photo @ The Oregon Garden
Photo @ The Oregon Garden

Photo @ The Oregon Garden

It will soon be spring and local gardens in will be in bloom! Salem Oregon has an abundance of gardens for you to enjoy throughout the year.

Rose, iris, tulip, peony and dahlia gardens, perennial and mixed borders, garden rooms, formal boxwood gardens, a Japanese garden, flowering trees and shrubs, bulbs, herb gardens, open spaces and numerous other specialty gardens can be found within Salem and Marion and Polk counties.

In this post, we will tell you about few to add to your list of gardens worth the drive on your next visit:

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Photo @Kristi Reed

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Photo @Kristi Reed

1. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, OR is home to the increasingly popular Annual Tulip Fest featuring acres of tulip beauty! Wander the fields, visit the Gift Shop, Country Store, and Tulip Café. Purchase fresh cut flowers and order bulbs for fall planting. The gardens are 30 minutes north of Salem and completely worth the drive! Don’t miss this year’s Annual Tulip Festival March 28th – May 4th, 2014! Visit www.woodenshoe.com for information.

2. The Oregon Garden

This beautiful 80-acre botanical garden includes a diverse variety of plant species and habitats and the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in Oregon. Visitors will certainly appreciate the natural beauty of forests and woodlands, wetlands and lake in addition to stunning formal landscaped gardens throughout the property. Depending on the season, gardens feature brilliant displays of colorful annuals and perennials along with carefully selected and arranged collections of conifers and sparkling waterfalls. Located 17 miles east of Salem in Silverton. www.oregongarden.org

3. Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

The public is invited to stroll around the 10-acre display gardens during Bloom Season early May to early June. The gardens, family owned since 1925, have become quite popular with our local community and visitors during Bloom Season earning them Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2013. One visitor even describes Schreiner’s Iris Gardens as “Spectacular”.

“When we visited this garden, it was a huge vista of irises, most in bloom, some not. The variety of flowers was truly amazing….” he went on to say. To see more reviews, visit www.tripadvisor.com.  

Special events for Bloom Season include a gift shop, live music, wine tasting, cut Iris stems, warm food, plant sale and more. Bloom Season hours: Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. FREE admission, FREE parking.Directions and more information can be found at www.schreinersgardens.com.

4. Historic Deepwood Estate’s Lord and Schryver Garden

The gardens on Historic Deepwood Estate contain boxwood gardens, an English tea house garden, covered arches and gazebos, ornamental gates and fences as well at The Rita Steiner Nature Trail weaving its way through the western border of the property towards Bush Park. The garden’s origins go back to 1930 when Alice Bretherton Brown Powell, the longest resident of Deepwood, hired the landscape design team of Elizabeth Lord & Edith Schryver to design the formal gardens for Deepwood. Today, the beloved gardens are maintained by Deepwood’s dedicated volunteers and the Lord and Schryver Conservancy. Whether one sees Deepwood for the first time or visits again and again, it never fails to amaze and delight the senses.

The grounds are open 365 days a year from dawn until dusk unless booked for a private event which occurs primarily from July-September. Private events begin at 1:00 p.m. Please check calendar for private event closures or call (503) 363-1825. www.historicdeepwoodestate.org

5. Bush’s Pasture Park

This city park is home to an amazing collection of plants and designed landscapes, both historic and contemporary. The 90.5 acre park is blanketed with Oregon White Oak trees, cherry and apple orchards, and a rose garden with over 2,000 roses and open meadows, a greenhouse and stunning gardens with perennial, annual, tulip beds and more.  www.cityofsalem.net/Residents

Don’t stop there! There are many gorgeous gardens in Salem, too many to list in one post! Visit www.travelsalem.com/Attractions/Gardens to see even more places to visit this spring.