Community Events

Music & Entertainment

Music from the Garden Manor

February 11, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

New monthly winter series in the cozy fireplace room of the Garden's manor house.

Produced and curated by Max Wolf and Ajay Ravi.
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Open House & Kids Crafts

Saturdays in February, Weekends in March

Join us in the Manor House for complimentary tea and kids crafts on Saturdays in February & March from 10 to 3 pm. The Manor House will be open for viewing on Sundays in March from 12 to 3 pm (except 3/31).

Our event staff will be on-site to answer your questions. 

The story of John and Lilla Leach is a compelling one—involving early Oregon history, botany, business, civic involvement, a lively personal history, and an inspiring love story. John’s spirited courtship of Lilla resulted in their unusual wedding, followed by their intrepid adventures together in the mountains, Lilla's distinguished career in botany, and John’s career as a pharmacist and civic leader. The garden is a testament to their extraordinary lives, and the Manor House at the heart of the garden remains essentially unchanged from when it was built in 1936.

This complimentary drop in event is included with garden admission.  Reservations are not required but appreciated to help us prepare craft supplies, thank you!

Hibernate
Presented by Bedrock Theatre

February 23-25, 7:30 PM

Gather with us and retreat into a world of coziness, creepiness, stillness, chill, and wonder. In this often overlooked time of year, Bedrock invites you to reconnect with the season and consider: what keeps our fires burning through the long darkness?

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Sparrowhawk Native Plant Sale

Ordering begins on February 25th at 9 AM

We’re teaming up with Sparrowhawk Native Plants to bring you 100+ species of habitat-friendly plants, while raising money for the Garden. The online sale opens on Sunday, February 25th, at 9 am. The Leach Garden pick-up location for this event fills up fast so be ready to order! While you’re waiting impatiently for ordering to begin, enjoy perusing the Sparrowhawk website with all of its excellent native plant info.

Staff Led Tours

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

Join Scott Hoelscher, Head Gardener, for an informative tour exploring the fascinating plants and rich history of Leach Botanical Garden. The outing includes a visit to the historic Stone Cabin located on the south side of Johnson Creek. Feel free to engage with Scott as he gladly addresses your gardening inquiries along the way. We walk rain or shine. Dress for the weather and wear shoes appropriate for gravel trails, slopes and stairs.

What's New in the Garden - Third Friday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Join the garden’s Horticulture Director, Adam Hart, for a casual stroll around the garden on the 3rd Friday of each month. He’ll show off what’s blooming, discuss upcoming garden projects, share the garden’s ecological philosophy, and all other garden questions you might have. Rain or shine, lots of walking, and an endless stream of interesting plant facts await.

$10 fee includes Garden admission, reserve your spot in advance using the below links:

Garden Plants & History ticket links
March 6, 2024

April 3, 2024

What's New in the Garden ticket links
February 23, 2024

March 22, 2024

April 19, 2024

Forest Bathing Walks

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.

Led by Irene Bailey
Forest Bathing Walk - Sunday, April 7, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Full Moon Forest Bathing Walk - Saturday, April 20, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forest Bathing Walk - Friday, May 3, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Summer Solstice Forest Bathing Walk, Southside Tour -
Saturday, June 22, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

LGBTQIA2S+ Led by Heather Dorfman, LMSW
Full Moon Forest Bathing Walk - Saturday March 23, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Forest Bathing Walk  -
Saturday, June 1, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Classes & Workshops

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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Spring Equinox Garden Fair

March 26, 10 - 2 PM

Join us for the Spring Equinox Garden Fair on March 26th from 10am to 2pm! Admission is free as we welcome you back to open Tuesdays at the garden! Activities include a community seed swap, OSU Master Gardeners table, arts and crafts, complimentary treats, a spring-themed scavenger hunt, and tool sharpening (for a fee), along with plenty of new spring flowers to enjoy. Rain or shine!

Reservations are not required but appreciated to help us prepare event supplies, thank you!

Thank you to our event sponsors - NW Natural, and Pacific NW Federal Credit Union.

Writing Haiku in Nature

October 25, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
November 3, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Haiku poetry is a traditional form of Japanese poetry through which the poet conveys their experience of nature via a simple written formula.  Common themes of haiku focus on the seasons and the beauty of nature.  This class provides an introduction to classical haiku, and will guide participants in writing their own haiku while spending time in the Garden. Come be inspired by the seasonal changes of autumn to write your own haiku!

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Mushroom Walk

November 8th & 15th (sold out), 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Join us for an immersive mushroom walk with our Head Gardener, Scott Hoelscher. Enjoy an optional fireside tea in our cozy Covered Arbor before setting off on a journey of basic mushroom identification and hands-on exploration. Discover the fascinating and diverse fungi thriving in our garden under the guidance of our knowledgeable fungi enthusiast, Scott. Don't miss this chance to deepen your understanding of these mysterious and essential garden inhabitants. Members $5; Non-Members $10

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Events for Kids

SOLD OUT - Harvest Festival: A Botanical Boo! Bash

October 29th, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

This year's Harvest Fest Botanical Boo! is officially sold out!  In light of the restricted on-site parking capacity, we regret to announce that drop-in tickets will not be available this year.

You can still visit the garden on Saturday Oct 28 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Last entry at 3:30 PM) and on Sunday October 29 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (last entry 1:30 PM) and enjoy a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt and the charming photo spots amidst the fall colors.
We sincerely thank you for your understanding and for making this event such a success.

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Winterfest & Wreath Sale

December 2nd, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Open to members at 9:00 AM

Free admission for all!

Pick out your holiday wreath and enjoy hot beverages and activities in the winter garden! There will be many more wreaths to choose from this year, either traditionally or botanically decorated, all of them unique. Keep an eye out for woodland animal shapes as you explore the garden, then stop by the gift shop and Manor House for holiday shopping, a hot drink, popcorn, and kid's crafts. Winterfest FAQs

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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.

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Questions? Contact Program Director Jami LeBaron.

Garden Tours

Seasonal Garden Care: Winter Preparation

November 2nd, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Join Horticulture Director Adam Hart for an enlightening walk to learn about caring for your garden through the winter months. Enjoy a cozy start with tea by the fireside in our Covered Arbor (optional) before strolling through the pollinator garden. Adam will discuss plant selection, pruning, mulching, garden clean-up, soil amendments, and how to protect delicate plants and create a welcoming haven for pollinators and wildlife. Don't miss this chance to prepare your garden in winter for a flourishing spring season. Members $5; Non-Members $10
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Public Garden Tours

Various Dates & Times (on winter hiatus beginning November 1)

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.

Please Note: Tours may be subject to cancellation without sufficient advance registrations.

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

Winter Solstice

December 21st
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Drop by the garden on the shortest day and longest night of the year for a special event: decorate a rock, leave a note on the 2023 Gratitude Tree, and enjoy warm drinks by the fire. Bring your friends and family for a cozy time as we mark the turning point of the season and welcome the gradual return of light. Let's celebrate the significance of this day and share our gratitude together amidst the beauty of the winter garden.

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Getting to Leach Botanical Garden

Transportation & Directions