Designing for the Future

The second phase of design work is underway at Leach Botanical Garden. Following a request for qualifications from Portland Parks & Recreation, a design team headed by Land Morphology and Olson-Kundig Architects has been selected. The project will build on work completed in 2012. 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. Projects of this magnitude always progress more slowly than we'd like, but the pace also offers opportunities for the community to reflect on and provide input for elements  that might be important in the new garden.


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 design as we go forward,  let us know and we'll add your name to the list of interested persons.  As part of the public involvement effort in the design process, a schedule of open houses and opportunities to participate in short surveys is listed below. That is another reason to provide us with your name and contact information. 


Current Design Project Materials

Current Design Concept


Upcoming Calendar

Advisory Committee

Fifteen people have volunteered to serve 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.


Meetings are scheduled for April 16, May 5, July 7, August 11, and September 22. If you are interested in attending a meeting, contact 503-823-1671 for more details.


Design Open Houses

Open houses will present options for what various Garden improvements might entail and how they might be organized on the landscape. Come check them out and let us know what you think. Comment cards will be made available and members of the Advisory Committee will be present to answer 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)


The Open Houses will be held in the Manor House. Optional site tours may also be possible during staffed hours.


If you can’t make it to an Open House, you can still let us know what you think. The options and comment cards will be available below through June 30th, 2015.


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