Designing for the Future

The second phase of design work has reached completion with the submission of a 'preferred alternative' to the Citizen Advisory Committee in late September. Land Morphology and Olson-Kundig Architects will present the concepts for land use review beginning in 2016. Nearly eight acres in the undeveloped Upper Garden will offer new botanical and programmatic experiences to visitors and make a connection to the historic Garden and Manor House along Johnson Creek. The design intends that Leach become the signature public cultural attraction in East Portland. As of October 2015, we are hopeful that a beginning phase of construction will begin in early 2017.

Information on the project goals, past concept development and unfolding design ideas will be posted on this page.  We urge you to use the form to the right to submit comments or questions. If you want to hear more about the process as we go forward, we'll add your name to the list of interested persons.  

Current Design Project Materials

Click for the Current Design Concept.   The preferred option of the design reviewed by the Citizen Advisory Committee is posted here after being reviewed in October 2015. 


Advisory Committee

Fifteen people served on the Design Advisory Committee, including Leach Garden Friends' members, volunteers, people representing city-wide horticultural and arts interests, programming partners, and the larger East Portland community.

If you are interested in more information, contact 503-823-1671.

Design Open Houses

Open houses presented options for what various Garden improvements might entail and how they might be organized on the landscape.  Comment cards were available and members of the Advisory Committee answered questions during the staffed open house hours.

Sunday, June 7 1pm - 4pm (staffed all day)

Tuesday, June 9 10am - 4pm (staffed 10am-1pm)

Wednesday, June 10 10am - 4pm (staffed all day)

Thursday, June 11 10am - 4pm (staffed 1 - 3pm)

Lecture Series- 2015

At the same time that the design began to unfold, a lecture series on garden design ideas was offered through generous sponsorship by Portland Nursery.  The final lecture, Thin Places: Gardens That Move You, drew more than four hundred people to the Portland Art Museum's Whitsell Auditorium to hear,  Richard Hartlage the lead member of the design team.   Thanks to Portland Art Museum,  that lecture can be viewed at


More Resources

Leach Botanical Garden's Vision, Mission, and Values

Business Plan Executive Summary 2011

Leach Botanical Garden Master Plan 2010

2011 Collection Assessment Report

Program Goals-Final Evaluation 03.15.12

2012 Site Concept