Adam Hart leading a tour

Docent Led Tours

Tours include a variety of subjects including trees, romance, architecture, and more. All tours include a visit to the Stone Cabin. Garden admission is included in the $5 fee.
Please note:
Each tour involves navigating stairs and sloped, uneven trails.
The Stone Cabin

The Garden Exploration Tour

May 31st, June 7th, & June 21st
1 to 2 PM

Would you like to learn more about the garden while exploring the Aerial Tree Walk, woodsy pathways, and creekside habitat? You’ll see what’s currently in bloom, meet the garden’s four heritage trees, learn about Lilla and John Leach’s botanical adventures, and visit the historic Stone Cabin.

About your guide:  Jill Hrdlicka is a retired educator who loves the outdoors, has a passion for history and gardening, and loves sharing the interconnected architecture and landscape of the garden. Jill enjoys weaving the stories of the past with the present while exploring the seasonal beauty of nature.

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The Social Life of Trees

First Sundays 1-2:30 PM
Docent Tony Krause

Do trees share nutrients? Do they warn each other of pest invasions? Do some species help other species seasonally, and get paid back in other seasons? We'll discuss how science has shown these new discoveries, and along the way we’ll visit the Johnson Creek Riparian Area habitat and the historic Stone Cabin.

About your guide:  Tony Krause started out as a biology major and somehow ended up with degrees in psychology. He has been a docent in state parks, leading walks on marine mammals and birds, and once wrote a book on local wildlife, but then he rediscovered the Northwest, and has been leading walks at Leach for about five years.

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The Romantic Tour: Lilla & John's Story

Thursdays June 6 - September 26, 1 - 2 PM

Are you curious about how Lilla and John met, their adventures together, and the home and garden they created? Learn about their romance, their botanizing trips, and the meanings of flowers. You will visit the “whispering bench”, the Contemplative Place, the Manor House and the Stone Cabin.

About your guide: Martha and her husband have been volunteering at Leach Botanical Garden since they moved to Oregon in 2005.  They are neighbors of the Garden and fell in love with its all-season beauty.  Martha has an undergraduate degree in history and loves romantic stories.  She has designed the Romantic Tour to help visitors connect with the story of Lilla and John Leach, and the work that Lilla did to become an acknowledged botanist during a time when the scientific talents of women were rarely recognized. Martha also introduces the "language of love" of flowers as it was understood when Lilla was born in 1886.Are you curious about how Lilla and John met, their adventures together, and the home and garden they created? Learn about their romance, their botanizing trips, and the meanings of flowers. You will visit the “whispering bench”, the Contemplative Place, the Manor House and the Stone Cabin.

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Garden Highlights: Plants, Architecture, & Design

Are you fascinated by different architectural styles and the connections between landscaping and the built environment? This tour highlights the upper garden design and the unique architecture of the garden's built environment, visits the historic Manor House and Stone Cabin, and features noteworthy garden plants throughout the garden.

Cici Polson docent tour guide

About your Guide: CiCi Polson is a retired nurse-midwife and Master Gardener.  She has been a Leach Garden Friends board member since 2016 and has been leading tours in the garden since 2021.  She is an architectural and design enthusiast and a self-described plant nerd.

Tours are for ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required. Garden members may use one of their member guest passes to bring a friend on the tour!
Please note:
Tours may be subject to cancellation without sufficient advance registrations.