Lord and Schryver: Shaping our Cultural Landscape

From June 22 through Sept. 18, 2011, Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art will present an exhibition of garden designs from Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver. The prominent Salem landscape architects designed hundreds of gardens throughout the Pacific Northwest, including numerous private gardens, parks and schools in Salem.

Organized by Willamette biology professor Sharon Rose with Salem artist and historic preservationist Bonnie Hull, the exhibition will feature 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 brochure that documents the architects and the exhibition.

Lord and Schryver graduated from the Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture in Groton, Mass. They met on a trip to Europe, and, in 1929, established the first women’s landscape architecture firm in the Northwest. They worked from their home and office on Mission Street in Salem, and through their 40-year partnership, they designed and created over 250 gardens and public spaces in the region.

Lord and Schryver transformed the garden landscape of the Pacific Northwest. They introduced a number of new and innovative approaches to garden design, popularized the use of broad-leaved evergreens in Pacific Northwest gardens and transformed how gardens are designed and planted. The duo also contributed to the general education of gardeners and landscape architects through newspaper articles and radio broadcasts.

“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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