Spring Blooms in Salem, Oregon

After escaping winter’s grip, spring in the Salem region feels like a time of rebirth. The season’s first crops begin to sprout, frosty mornings give way to sun breaks and rain showers, and gardens are awash in color. The changing season offers the chance to experience those colorful displays. For some, that means family outings to shake off winter hibernation and there’s no better place to do that than in Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley.

The Formal Gardens of Deepwood Estate were designed by the Northwest’s first female landscape architecture firm, Lord & Schryver. The gardens include several “rooms,” each with its own character. At every turn is a rich landscape of color and intricate design including the central Great Room with a broad lawn defined by symmetrical hedges and the 1905 metal gazebo from the Lewis & Clark Exposition; the Tea House Garden, an enclosed flower garden with geometric walks and flower beds; and the Scroll Garden with its scrolled iron fence and boxwood hedges.

Visitors to the beloved Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival experience the breathtaking beauty of 40 acres of tulips and over 100 acres of outdoor space and activities from March 18 to May 1, 2022. The tulip fields are an endless and spectacular burst of color that are incredibly inspiring. Tickets can be purchased online only to minimize crowds and allow for more time to enjoy the fields.

Earning widespread acclaim, The Oregon Garden is a premier 80-acre botanical garden that reflects the Pacific Northwest’s immense beauty. A total of 20 gardens enchants visitors all connected by 4 miles of paths. The Amazing Water Garden, for instance, is a circular water garden that’s home to an ornate bridge and cascading waterfall. And the Lewis and Clark Garden displays many of the botanical finds that Lewis and Clark noted on their Corps of Discovery journey in the early 1800s.

Liz Schmidt, president of  Schreiner’s Iris Garden, says the Willamette Valley is uniquely suited to growing irises. The rich, volcanic soil is full of nutrients, summer temperatures rarely reach unbearable highs, and a steady diet of light springtime rain allows the plants to soak up the moisture they need to grow and bloom. The bounty of the iris fields is a magnificent exhibition of rainbow colors when Schreiner’s Iris Garden opens its doors between Mother’s Day weekend and May 31—typically, the high season for iris blooms.

Plan your spring visit to Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley at TravelSalem.com.



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