The Oregon Garden

The Oregon Garden grounds include white oak woodland/savanna, lake/reservoir, marsh, riparian woods, urban parks, young conifer forests, and perennial and flower beds. Virginia Rail, Sora and possibly Blue-winged Teal breed on-site. Vaux’s Swift, Rufous and Anna’s Hummingbirds, Western Scrub-Jay, and Bewick’s Wren are common in summer. In winter, ducks abound on the ponds, and Lincoln’s, White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows are around the gardens. Pileated Woodpecker, Green Heron, and Cooper’s Hawk are seen regularly. Entrance fees vary by season; see www.oregongarden.org. Good birding is also found outside the gate, at ponds along Main St and Pettit Pond (just S of the main entrance). On your way to the Oregon Garden in the winter, be sure to scan the Lake Labish Ditch for shorebirds flocks, which can include Black-bellied Plover.

From I-5 Exit 263 N of Salem: go E on Brooklake Rd 1 mi into Brooks. Turn S on Hwy 99E and go 2.8 mi to Hazelgreen/Chemawa Rd (crossing Lake Labish Ditch, see note below). Turn E on Hazelgreen Rd and follow 10 mi into downtown Silverton. Turn R onto Main St/Cascade Hwy. The entrance to the Oregon Garden is about 0.2 mi on the L. GPS 45 0.3 N, 122 47.0 W.