Martha Springer Botanical Garden

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Martha Springer Botanical Garden
Martha Springer Botanical Garden entrance.JPG
Entrance to the garden
Type Botanical garden
Location Salem, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 44°56′07″N 123°01′47″W / 44.935343°N 123.029607°W / 44.935343; -123.029607Coordinates: 44°56′07″N 123°01′47″W / 44.935343°N 123.029607°W / 44.935343; -123.029607
Area 1-acre (0.40 ha)
Opened 1988 (1988)
Owned by Willamette University
Status Open to the public
Mill Race passing the garden

The Martha Springer Botanical Garden is a botanical garden on the campus of Willamette University, located in Salem, Oregon, United States.[1] Opened in 1988, the 1-acre (4,000 m2) garden contains 12 smaller gardens stretched along the Mill Race that bisects the campus.


The garden was dedicated in 1988 in honor of Professor Martha Springer, a biologist at the school.[2] Elaine Joines served as the first curator of the garden.[3] The garden's long, narrow site behind the athletic building is divided into 12 smaller gardens, including a butterfly garden, herb garden, alpine rock garden, theme borders, and ethnobotany gardens.[2][4] Much of the garden contains species native to the state of Oregon. Other plants include pink varieties of Lagerstroemia.[5] The botanical garden lies along the Mill Race that splits the school's campus after leaving the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill site to the east.[2]

Martha Springer Botanical Garden is sometimes referred to as a secret garden since few people are aware of its existence and it is tucked away behind buildings on the campus.[6] Other features of the free garden include benches, a rock fountain, and roses.[6] The 1-acre (4,000 m2) site is used for educating students at the school, and is open to the public.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Onopa, Leann (April 17, 2008). "Fun at a glance". Statesman Journal. 
  2. ^ a b c Campus Map and Virtual Tour. Willamette University. Retrieved on July 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "Local: R. Elaine Joines". Statesman Journal. July 23, 1999. 
  4. ^ Knowlton, Stefanie (April 25, 2006). "Enthusiasts relish area's long growing season". Statesman Journal. 
  5. ^ Colvin, Diana K. (August 28, 2003). "Drama Queen". The Oregonian. 
  6. ^ a b Spady, Betty. Gardens and Nurseries in the News. Rhododendron and Azalea News. Retrieved on July 26, 2008.
  7. ^ Pokorny; Kym (January 8, 1998). "Homes & Gardens of the Northwest: State of Inspiration". The Oregonian. 

External links[edit]