Bush’s Pasture Park is home to an amazing collection of plants and designed landscapes, both historic and contemporary. In the face of massive budget cuts since 1980, it is critical that citizens support the City of Salem in the stewardship of this valuable community asset. Friends of Bush Gardens and its predecessor, The Bush Conservatory Gardeners, have been providing just such support since 1979 by preserving and enhancing the gardens and conservatory of Bush’s Pasture Park in partnership with the City of Salem Parks.
The Friends of Bush Gardens is a volunteer group built on a shared love of gardening, a spirit of community service, and a sense of camaraderie. The Tuesday Morning Gardeners learn about plants and garden design, have fun while weeding, digging, planting and pruning with other like-minded folks, and at the same time help beautify this ‘gem’ of an urban park.
Friends of Bush Gardens is more than a volunteer gardening group. The Steering Committee members and other volunteers take on special projects, such as the enhancement of the municipal rose gardens or the identification and labeling of the Lord & Schryver Flowering Tree Collection. In 2011 we completed our largest project, the $222,000 restoration of the historic Bush Conservatory.
Our latest endeavor is to provide interpretative signage for the entire park. At present Salem area residents and visitors alike enjoy the park without being aware of the botanical significance or the historical importance of the park’s elements. This knowledge would greatly enhance their experience and add to Salem’s ‘Sense of Place’. Please join us in making this Interpretative Signage Project a reality.
Bush Conservatory hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm daily
Bush’s Pasture Park hours: 6am to 12 midnigh
Won’t you join us? Visit the gardens. Spend a few enjoyable hours as a Friends volunteer on Tuesday mornings or at our two annual plant sales. Support our historic Interpretative Signage Project.