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Portland's secret garden

Over 30 years of sharing our unique botanical collection, tranquil setting, and the inspiring story of John & Lilla Leach.

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Welcome to Leach Botanical Garden

hand_n_blossom_ME2011.jpgThe Garden opened to the public in 1983 as a partnership between Leach Garden Friends and Portland Parks & Recreation. The core of our landmark Garden is the estate of John and Lilla Leach, who went on botanical expeditions and,in the 1930s, built the Manor House and began the gardens that bear their name. They left the beautiful grounds, buildings and more than 2,000 species of plants to the City of Portland. The Friends group formed as a non-profit in 1981 and since that time has anchored daily operations with a large active volunteer group and a small staff.

 

As a result of their efforts, the Garden continues as a place of respite in the urban landscape. The Leach story---their pioneer roots, expeditionary adventures, scientific and artistic pursuits, botanical interests, whimsy, affection and humor—continues to inform our work. In partnership with other organizations, we offer practical instruction in a variety of garden-related topics. Children and adults pursue learning in the Garden through educational offerings ranging from botany to geology, from painting to illustration, from discovery to deduction.

 

Today the Garden has grown to nearly seventeen acres. An Upper Garden Development Plan adopted in 2015 provides direction for new facilities, botanical interpretations, and spaces for community activity. We look forward to sharing the secrets of Leach Botanical Garden with you.

 

What's Happening?

Jun
29
Jun 29th 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Please note: Hikes now meet in upper garden - please park in the upper parking lot.
Jul
02
Jul 02nd 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
First-come, first-served. No guided tour June 11 & July 9.
Jul
06
Jul 06th 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Please note: Hikes now meet in upper garden - please park in the upper parking lot.
Jul
08
Jul 08th 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Jul 08th 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Jul 08th 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Jul 08th 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Jul
09
Jul 09th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
First-come, first-served. No guided tour June 11 & July 9.

Jul 09th 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Jul 09th 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Jul 09th 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Jul 09th 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm