Community Events

Music & Entertainment

Crossing Paths 2023

September 10, 5:00 PM

Cascadia Composers will present a concert featuring works by composers David S. Berstein, Ted Clifford, Daniel Gall, Kevin Bryant Lay, Jan Mittelstaedt, and Betty Wishart. Tickets are $5 to $25.

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Under the Canopy

Music of Cuba: Xavier Tavera & The Classic Band - August 25, 2023, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Aerial Tree Rock: The Resolectrics - September 22, 2023, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Enjoy two unforgettable summer musical evenings under the shady canopy of the Garden's majestic fir trees.  Learn More & Purchase Tickets Here>>

SOLD OUT: Tree Top Children's Concerts

June 21, July 14, August 11

Visit the Garden for a unique and elevated experience at our after-hours events featuring children's music performed by your favorite local musicians. A special area will be available for the kiddos to dance along in the garden's Covered Arbor. Spread out your picnic blankets (please pack it in and pack it out) in the nearby meadows to enjoy a summer evening with family and friends.


Classes & Workshops

Exploring Watercolor

This class has been rescheduled from August 14, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM to August 21, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Paint the garden in watercolor. Learn to paint what you see and create beautiful watercolors. This class will concentrate on watercolor washes and mixing colors. We will also talk about composition. Suitable for all skill levels, material list sent upon registration.

This class is for adults 18 and older.


About the Instructor

Melissa Gannon 's artist's statement: Inspiration is everywhere—in the forest, the desert, the city, the ocean and in every living thing. Sometimes I just wander around and marvel! Subjects to paint come from my hikes, travels, outings, my imagination or from asking the question, “What if...?”

My work is impressionistic, spontaneous creation using jewel tone colors and descriptive brush work resulting in a painting that you can not only see but FEEL.

Visit my GALLERY to view my work.

Floating - Turiya Loka

September 24, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Floating is an all-ages outdoor arts series that explores the harmony between soundscape and landscape. Join us in the canopy of the garden's covered arbor to share the mingling sounds of the wind through the trees, sampled field recordings, non-linear electronics, and melodic vocals.
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Classes & Workshops

Forest Bathing Walks

September 8, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Upper Garden
October 28, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Full Moon Forest Bathing
November 18, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - South Side of Johnson Creek

Forest bathing is a nature connection experience inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku. These immersive experiences offer the chance to break away from the stress of daily life and to find healing and nourishment through intimate engagement with the beings with whom we share our place.

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Storytime with the Bookmobile Babe

Saturday September 9 & Saturday September 23, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM & 2:00 PM

Join the Bookmobile Babe and immerse your children in the captivating world of storytelling in the Covered Arbor. Transport them to far-off lands, introduce them to charming characters, and ignite their imagination amidst the whispering trees and birdsong. The event is rain or shine! Free with Garden Admission.

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Trees: Up Close and Personal
Three Part Lecture Series

October 4, 18 and November 1
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The fascinating role of a tree's canopy, trunk, and underground networks for the tree and for the planet.

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Botanical Dyes

September 23, 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
October 21, 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

New! We are pleased to offer this 3.5 hour workshop covering the essentials of natural botanical dyeing with artist Megan Mesloh. In this course students will learn how to mordant or “pre-treat” fibers to accept dye derived from locally foraged plants. After introductions and tea, we will take a curated walk though Leach Botanical Garden to identify common dye plants, discuss harvesting practices and plant processing. All necessary steps of immersion dyeing on cotton, wool, and silk fibers will be covered. Each participant will create their own swatch card with the day’s colors along with a silk scarf to take home.

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Volunteer Opportunities


Save the Date: Portland Parks & Recreation 20th Annual No Ivy Day

Join us in celebrating Portland Parks & Rec’s 20th Annual No Ivy Day on October 28th, 2023 from 10:00 AM to12:30 PM. Volunteers will spend the morning in the Back 5 Community Habitat Enhancement Project area removing ivy from the riparian zones to make room for native species.  

The Back 5 is a habitat restoration project in progress and not currently open to the public. Volunteers will be hiking and working off trail on uneven ground. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle and snacks.  Instruction, tools, gloves, water and snacks provided. There is a restroom available. The Back 5 is not currently ADA accessible. Recommended for kids 8 years and up.

This event has a maximum of 30 participants. Registration is not yet available.

Questions? Contact Program Director Jami LeBaron.

Crawdad in the Back 5

What's Behind the Fence

September 13, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join Leach Botanical Garden and Johnson Creek Watershed Council on a behind the scenes tour of the Back 5 Community Ecosystem Enhancement Project where you'll learn about riparian restoration, invasive species, and native plantings.


Garden Tours

Staff Led Tours

Garden Plants & History - First Thursday of each month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Head Gardener, Scott Hoelscher, will take you on a tour of the Garden and share details about our plants and history. You will visit the Stone Cabin on the south side of Johnson Creek. He'll be happy to field your gardening questions too!

What's New Garden Tour - Second Thursday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Take a casual stroll through the Garden with Adam Hart, Leach Garden Horticulture Director. He will show you what's new in the Garden, what's in bloom, new additions, upcoming projects and more - with lots of time for answering questions. We walk rain or shine. Dress for the weather and wear shoes appropriate for gravel trails, slopes and stairs.

We walk rain or shine. Dress for the weather and wear shoes appropriate for gravel trails, slopes and stairs.

$5 fee includes Garden admission, reserve your spot in advance using the below links:

Garden Plants & History
September 7, 2023

October 5, 2023

What's New Garden Tour
September 14, 2023

October 12, 2023

Public Garden Tours

Various Dates & Times

Tour the garden with a trained volunteer docent and learn about the garden’s history, heritage trees, seasonal plants of interest, the “Back 5” habitat restoration area, and more. You will also visit the Stone Cabin and Outdoor Fireplace built by John and Lilla Leach in 1932. Tours are included with garden admission.

Visit the Events Calendar to see all available tour dates and times.

Getting to Leach Botanical Garden

Transportation & Directions