Lord and Schryver garden tours and lecture

In conjunction with “Lord and Schryver: Shaping our Cultural Landscape,” Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art will present an open garden event and three lectures on the lives and careers of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, two prominent Salem landscape architects who designed hundreds of gardens throughout the Pacific Northwest, including numerous private gardens, parks, and schools in Salem. 

On Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., gardeners and landscape enthusiasts are invited to explore several Salem gardens designed by Lord and Schryver, including their home garden in the Gaiety Hill neighborhood. This “tour de force” of garden design embodies the Lord and Schryver design principles and stands as one of the most remarkable private gardens west of the Mississippi.

A second garden in the Fairmont Hill neighborhood shows Lord and Schryver’s masterful design solution for a challenging site, and the newly rehabilitated garden at Historic Deepwood Estate will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. Lord and Schryver Conservancy docents will be present in all gardens.

On July 20 at 5:30 p.m., Laurie Matthews will present an illustrated lecture on the work of Lord and Schryver within the context of early 20th century American landscape design. Matthews is a landscape architect, writer, historic preservationist and photographer who lives and works in Portland.

On Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m., art historian and teacher Carmen Lord will provide an intimate portrait of her great aunt, Elizabeth Lord, and Lord’s business partner, Schryver. As a child and young adult, Carmen spent many summers visiting her great aunt in Salem and has wonderful memories to share.

Finally, on Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m., Ruth Roberts and Gretchen Carnaby will present an illustrated lecture about Lord and Schryver’s influence on garden design in the Pacific Northwest. Roberts and Carnaby are historic preservationists and active Lord & Schryver Conservancy board members.

Admission to the garden tour is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art; staff will provide details and addresses at the time of purchase. Lectures will be held in the museum’s Roger Hull Lecture Hall. Admission to the lectures is complimentary. 

About the exhibition

From June 22 through Sept. 18, 2011, Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art will present an exhibition of garden designs from Lord and Schryver.

Organized by Willamette biology professor Sharon Rose with Salem artist and historic preservationist Bonnie Hull, the exhibition features drawings, watercolors, photographs and related work. In addition to the objects on display, the exhibition will be accompanied by text panels, annotated labels, photo murals, poster and a brochure that documents the architects and the exhibition.

“Lord and Schryver: Shaping our Cultural Landscape” is supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Additional support is provided by the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The museum is located at 700 State Street in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday.

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