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1500 E Main St
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 482-6767
Fax: (541) 482-5716
Email: info@scienceworksm. . .
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

Black Bear Garden

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In 2005, Ashland GardenScapes broke ground to begin a garden project at ScienceWorks. Donating all their time and resources, they created the "Black Bear Garden". The black bear sculpture originally greeted guests to the former Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History that is now ScienceWorks. The sculpture, created by artist Ronald Stuart, M.D., now graces its namesake garden, surrounded by pathways, rocks and native plantings all offering a spectacular view of Grizzly Peak to the North.

The garden is a “xeriscape” (pronounced zeri), from the Greek word xeri meaning dry, which means it is a low-water, water wise landscape. Xeric plants are Native and Mediterranean plants that are well-adapted to western gardens and selected for their beauty, low nutrient requirements, adaptability to hot, dry, windy conditions and their ability to attract beneficial insects and birds.

Click here for a gallery of garden photos.  Photos by Brent Moore.
Looking to volunteer this spring or summer? Become a docent or garden volunteer! If you are a gardening buff or just love spending time in the beautiful outdoors, volunteering in Black Bear garden could be a great opportunity for you.
Our Adopt-A-Garden is a volunteer program designed for citizens to take an active role in our outdoor community. Groups or individuals are encouraged to donate their time in our garden and garden projects.
The program is a commitment for the current gardening season May through October. One chooses a bed to be in charge of, working with the existing design and creatively enhancing the design to personal taste.
Click here for volunteer job descriptions.  For more info regarding volunteering and the Adopt-A-Garden program, please contact  or
Your generous contribution goes toward beautification and maintenance. This includes new plants, signage, garden benches, walkway material and more. If you would like your contribution to go for a special plant or a garden bench, we will designate either with a plaque in your name as well as display your name on our list of donors on the board at the back of the garden. We make these improvements to enhance your experience while visiting ScienceWorks Museum. Thank you for your support!

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