Brick Pathways Restored

The Lord & Schryver Conservancy

Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver created one of the Pacific Northwest’s most influential landscape architecture firms. Founded in 1929, it became one of the very first successful women-owned businesses in Oregon. Today, their shared home and its gardens are being restored and preserved.

The Pacific Northwest’s first female-owned landscape architecture firm

Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver

Edith Schryver and Elizabeth Lord

When Elizabeth Lord met Edith Schryver on a cruise to tour European gardens in 1929, neither knew that the chance meeting would result in them becoming lifelong business partners and companions. But by the time they returned to the States. Elizabeth had convinced Edith to return with her to Salem, Oregon, to begin would be the Pacific Northwest’s first women-owned landscape architecture firm.

Over the course of their successful career, Edith and Elizabeth designed gardens in Seattle and Tacoma, Portland and Salem, and beyond. Many of these gardens still exist today, including the one at their shared home in Salem. The house and grounds, which they dubbed Gaiety Hollow, served as their display garden as well as their personal retreat. After Elizabeth’s death in 1976, Edith continued to reside at the home until she too passed away in 1984.

Since then, the Lord & Schryver Conservancy was formed, and Gaiety Hollow’s new owners made the estate available for purchase by the conservancy. Today the grounds are being restored to the original condition and layout from Elizabeth and Edith’s time in residence. Funds to rebuild the gardens’ original brick walkways and hardscapes were provided in part by a lottery-funded grant.

The home and grounds are open to the public periodically for fully guided tours or simple relaxing amid the natural beauty that Elizabeth and Edith brought to so many.

Visit More Lord & Schryver Gardens

All three Mission Street locations—Gaiety Hollow, Bush House and Deepwood—can be combined in one trip, making a delightful day for any garden enthusiast!

Bush House, Salem Oregon

Bush House

Salem pioneer Asahel Bush lived directly across Mission Street from Lord & Schryver’s Gaiety Hollow home. His daughter Sally Bush took over the house after his death and became one of Lord & Schryver’s first clients. You can still see their handiwork in the formal rose gardens to the west of Bush House.

Bush Park is open to the public year round.

Visit Bush House
Deepwood Mansion, Salem Oregon

Deepwood Museum & Gardens

Salem’s Deepwood mansion lies just east of Bush Park (where Bush House is located) on Mission Street. The formal gardens at Deepwood also feature some of Lord & Schryver’s earliest work. The 5-acre grounds are operated as a city park and are open to the public year round.

Visit Deepwood