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Finding David Douglas: Lois Leonard - Lecture is full

Wednesday September 20, 7:00-8:30pm

How is it that so many Pacific Northwest native plants are found along roadsides and in the gardens and woodlands of Europe? One man is primarily responsible: Scotsman David Douglas. For more than a decade, local historian Lois Leonard dedicated her time and effort to producing and directing this documentary on the life of David Douglas, the scientist credited with reforesting Scotland from seeds he collected in the Pacific Northwest. Her critically acclaimed film focuses on Douglas's contributions to forestry, botany, and horticulture.


Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods: Scott Burns - Lecture is full

Wednesday October 18, 7:00-8:30pm  

Description: Geologist Scott Burns will share the story of the Missoula Floods, some of the greatest geological events in North America. Between 15,000 and 18,000 years ago, these floods repeatedly inundated more than 16,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest with heights of up to 1000 feet. Scott will focus on J. Harlen Bretz's discovery and interpretation of the geological evidence and how that explains the landscape we know today. Scott received his PhD from the University of Colorado and has taught for 47 years, 27 of them at Portland State University where he is a Professor of Geology and past Chair of the Dept. of Geology. Scott co-authored the book Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods with John Eliot Allen and Marjorie Burns. 


Fuschia Propagation Workshop with Gardener/Curator Courtney Vengarek

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Saturday, October 21, 9:00-10:30 am.

Gardener/Curator Courtney Vengarick will describe the technique and science of propagation, and then lead you through the process in the Leach Garden greenhouse. Using parent stock from Leach’s collection, you’ll end up with your own fuschia cuttings in a pot to take home and enjoy. All supplies provided, but bring your clippers if possible. You’ll be taking cuttings from the garden and be standing at tables in the greenhouse.

  • Cost: $25.00/per person ($20 for Leach Garden Members)
  • Limit: 18 people. 
  • Meet at the greenhouse in the Upper Garden, near the Claybourne parking lot.
  • Please register via phone with the Leach Garden Education Coordinator at 503-823-1671


Free Naturescaping Workshop

Sunday, October 29, 1:00-5:00 pm

Learn how to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and saves you time & money! Explore how native plants can make your outdoor space a vibrant, healthy place for people, pets and wildlife. You'll dig up fresh ideas, tips & resources to bring back to your yard. 

Learn more/register online at:; sponsored by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District EMSWCD. Information: 503-222-7645


Festive Origami Boxes and Ornaments with Jane Weissman

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November 18, 10:00am-12:30pm

Transform beautifully patterned paper into multi-dimensional boxes and ornaments, some with botanical themes of flowers and leaves.  Origami enthusiast Jane Weissman will guide you step by step through the seemingly magical process of creases and folds.  You’ll leave with your own elegant creations, and the knowledge necessary to make more.  All materials provided.  

  • Cost: $40.00  ($35 Leach members) 
  • Limit: 12 people, ages 13 and up.
  • Held in the Leach Garden Manor House
  • Please register via phone with the Leach Garden Education Coordinator at 503-823-1671