Welcome to The Oregon Garden! Our mission is to welcome and inspire all visitors with an appreciation for the extraordinary ecology of the Pacific Northwest, and to provide a meaningful educational experience for gardeners of all skill levels and ages.
We are an 80-acre botanical garden, featuring more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty that can be found in the Willamette Valley and throughout the Pacific Northwest. We have educational specialty gardens for everyone, from the Sensory Garden and Rose Garden to the Children’s Garden and Pet-Friendly Garden, or the Silverton Market Garden and Amazing Water Garden. We also offer a complimentary narrated tram tour April – October, and we are pet-friendly.
The Oregon Garden is also committed to sustainability. The Rediscovery Forest is managed in partnership with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and reveals insights on forest management. Visitors will also encounter one of the largest collections of miniature conifers in the country, in the Conifer Garden, and a 400-year-old Signature Oak, which is an Oregon Heritage Tree, in the Oak Grove.
The Wetlands Habitat, which cools the City of Silverton’s treated waste water through a series of pools, brims with local wildlife. The Garden also promotes sustainability through green roofs, composting, edible landscaping, barley straw algae control and more.
Our e-mail newsletter contains news and information about The Oregon Garden, and is generally sent out once per month.
We know you value your privacy and we can assure you that we do not sell, rent, give away or provide your e-mail address to anyone, unless we are required to do so by law. Every e-mail you receive from us will have clear instructions on how to unsubscribe.
The Oregon Garden Foundation
The Oregon Garden is overseen by The Oregon Garden Foundation Board of Directors, which is composed of volunteers, and is recognized as a 501 (c)(3) public charity. The Oregon Garden Foundation is dedicated to the promotion and growth of The Oregon Garden.
Helping the Garden grow
Just as those with the vision came together to build this wonderful showcase of Oregon’s botanical gifts to be enjoyed by all who live in and visit Oregon, your gifts help us to keep the flowers blooming. Whether you want to support the garden through a general gift or by purchasing a tribute gift such as a pathway brick, tree or bench, donating to the Garden is easy and tax-deductible.
Donations may be made online at Network for Good, by sending payment to the Oregon Garden Foundation at P.O. Box 155, Silverton, OR 97381 or by contacting our development staff at (503) 874-2535.
In addition, contributions may be made to any individual garden space or program, including:
• Conifer Garden
• Endowment through Oregon Community Foundation
• Silverton Market Garden
• Railroad Garden
• Sensory Garden
We are also happy to have a member of our development team talk with you about your legacy gift should you wish to include The Oregon Garden as part of your estate plan. Contributions may always be given in honor or memory of a loved one, and recognition of these gifts will be placed in the Garden’s newsletter. Thank you for supporting your Oregon Garden!
Each year we receive hundreds of donations requests from organizations, locally and beyond Oregon, all with valid and pressing needs. Though we cannot provide support to everyone, we do our best to fairly consider each application we receive. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting a request:
- All requests must be received at least 6-8 weeks in advance of the event date.
- All donation requests must be submitted online on our Donation Request Application Form. We graciously ask that inquiries are made by the form ONLY, not by phone, email or standard mail.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- We do not provide cash donations or sponsorship.
- All donations expire 1 year from the event date.
The Oregon Garden currently has openings for Horticulture Internships.
Unless specifically noted, the following are required when you submit an employment application:
- Cover Letter
- Employment Application
Submissions without all of these will not be considered. Submit by mail to: The Oregon Garden, c/o Administration Department, PO Box 155, Silverton, OR 97381 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Send only .pdf or .doc files, and include the job title in your correspondence.
The Oregon Garden is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We strive to create a workforce rich in diversity allowing us to benefit from the many different racial, religious, sexually-oriented, educational, cultural and social backgrounds our employees possess. This in turn enhances our ability to provide quality service to our guests and career advancement opportunities to our employees.
- 1940′s – Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) explores the idea of developing a botanical garden.
- 1980′s – City of Salem contacts OAN about building a botanical display garden.
- 1990 – The Garden is listed as part of OAN’s first long-range plan.
- 1994 – The newly formed Oregon Nurserymen’s Garden Foundation holds its first meeting.
- 1995 – The site is selected in Silverton. The agreement is formed, which includes the development of a wetland system to cool the city’s treated waste water.
- 1997 – Groundbreaking is held June 27.
- 1999 – The J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Pavilion, Native Oak Grove and Wetlands are dedicated.
- 2000 – The Conifer Garden, Rose Garden, Children’s Garden, Hughes Water Garden, Northwest Garden, Bosque and Chez Garden are created.
- 2001 – Grand opening celebration is held June 29 to July 3, and Silverton Market Garden is created.
- 2002 – The Gordon House, Rediscovery Forest and National Resource Education Center open.
- 2003 – Pet-Friendly Garden is created.
- 2004 – Visitor Center, Sensory Garden and Honor Garden are completed.
- 2005 – Lewis and Clark Garden created.
- 2006 – Moonstone Garden Management begins managing the Garden.
- 2007 – Groundbreaking ceremony for the Oregon Garden Resort is May 1.
- 2008 – Oregon Garden Resort opens in October.
- 2011 – The Oregon Garden celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
- 2012 – Fire Safety House is created.