Lord & Schryver Conservancy Special Event




Garden lovers are invited to visit one of Oregon’s hidden garden treasures, recently open to the public. On Friday, September 9, the Lord-Schryver Conservancy will be hosting a special event to celebrate the restoration of the gardens at Gaiety Hollow, the Salem home of pioneering landscape architects Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver.

Lord & Schryver

The event begins at 6pm with a wine social in the garden, followed at 7:30pm by a presentation and book signing by garden writer Donald Olson, author of the best-selling The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour—The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia at the new Bush Barn Annex just a stroll across Mission Street.

“Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver established the first all female landscape architect firm in the Pacific Northwest,” says Olson, who will discuss the Lord-Schryver legacy in his talk. “They started their practice in Salem in 1929, at a time when it was almost impossible for women to establish careers in that field. In that sense, they are very important in the history of Northwest garden design.” 

One of Lord-Schryver’s early commissions, Olson notes, was the garden at Deepwood Museum and Garden. The pair went on to create over 250 Northwest gardens in a career that spanned 40 years.

The gardens they created at their home, Gaiety Hollow, reflect Lord-Schryver’s formal but accessible and romantic gardening style. “Their private garden has recently been opened to the public,” Olson says, “so this is an exciting opportunity for people who love gardens to get an insider’s look—and to learn more about other women gardeners and garden designers in the Northwest.”

Tickets for this special event fundraiser are $25 and can be reserved through the Lord-Schryver Conservancy website,


Date: Friday, September 9, 2016

Time: 6pm wine social, 7:30 presentation


6-7:15 pm – Gaiety Hollow Garden (545 Mission St., Salem, OR 97301): wine social in the garden with author, Donald Olson

7:30-9 pm – Bush Barn Annex (600 Mission St., Salem, OR 97301): Narrative by Donald Olson, author of The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour. Books for sale, signed by author.

Tickets: $25.

Online at http://www.lord-schryverconservancy.org/

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/four-gardens-five-gardeners-tickets-26501981139?aff=es2


Meet Donald Olson

Donald Olson is a novelist, playwright and travel writer. His seven published novels include The Confessions of Aubrey Beardsley, a fictional autobiography of the late-19th-century artist Aubrey Beardsley, and My Three Husbands, one of three comic novels written as Swan Adamson. Donald’s plays have been produced in London, New York, Amsterdam, and Portland. His travel stories have appeared in The New York TimesNational Geographic, and other national publications.  His book, The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour—The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia was named by Library Journal as one of the best reference guides of 2014. Over the years Donald has written over thirty U.S. and European travel guides for Frommer’s, most recently Portland Day by DaySeattle Day by Day and Berlin Day by Day. His next travel book, The California Garden Tour—The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in California, will be published by Timber Press in 2017. Donald lives, writes and gardens in Manhattan and Portland, Oregon. You can visit his website at www.donaldstevenolson.com.



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