Leach Botanical Garden
Leach Botanical Garden
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Situated along a free-flowing creek in outer SE Portland, the garden is an inviting, restorative urban greenspace. The Upper Garden features an entry plaza, aerial tree walk, four-season pollinator garden, and basalt stone sculptural installation. The hillside and lower garden feature native plants, historic Leach plant collections, meandering, wooded trails, and riparian area pathways along Johnson Creek. The “Sleepy Hollow '' estate that John and Lilla Leach lovingly created and tended for over 36 years was donated to Portland Parks in 1980. The original 4.7 acre property has grown to almost 17 acres with adjacent land purchased over the years by Portland Parks. Leach Garden Friends works closely with Parks to ensure that the unique property remains a well-cared for gem that both serves and is treasured by the larger community.
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tiredandtravelled
Portland, OR1,278 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Rented this for a wedding. Price seemed reasonable we signed a contract last September. They changed policies after we signed. Never knew what they were when we made plans they would just say not now. They also changed the rules from what we had agreed to. No DJ's when we signed they would help us with speakers, but then a DJ was 1100$ and no help with speakers for our iPhones. The caterer helped us instead. To turn on the lights at dark was 450 $. Okay there we some lights and the caterer brought spot lights but it was so dark. The garden is nice the walks are well maintained the terrace is beautiful. Do not rent this place even with a written contract things change and the things we didn't think to ask about and get in writing were even worse especially when they wouldn't answer our emails promptly.
Written September 15, 2015
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We just recently saw this review. We are saddened that this couple had a negative experience. It is true that we have made changes in the rental business which supports our non-profit operation. We have simplified pricing in the past year and are hopeful that it more completely meets our clients' needs. When clients commit to booking a date, the pricing in their contract does not change. In a typical year we have as many as 60 events, from weddings to business meetings. The satisfaction of those clients is essential to our business. We work hard to meet their needs. I am hopeful we will see more positive reviews in the future.
Written November 15, 2017
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Ola Z
Pristina, Kosovo702 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
It's a peaceful and serene place, where you can fully immerse yourself in the nature. You can walk several short paths or just stop for a moment and breath in the fresh air. The garden is free of charge, but you can offere donation. In addition, they have a nice, little shop with some locally made and imported items. Close proximity to the city offers a really nice escape.
Written September 19, 2019
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RSNN
Portland, OR6,303 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
The Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97236. It is part of the “Sleepy Hollow” estate that was once the home of John and Lilla Leach. Lilla Leach was a Botanist. John Leach liked working with metal. Their Manor House was the centerpiece of their estate. It was designed in 1936, so the Manor is 80 years old– this year.

On the estate you will find the Manor House, a Coach House, A stone cabin, and an Outdoor Kitchen which looks like an old stone fireplace, and a gift shop next to the Manor House. There are laminated maps of the garden that you can pick up to use as a handy guide while you walk around the Botanic Garden.

The Johnson Creek runs through the property. So there is a small metal bridge over it on the west side that connects the walking path on the North side with the walking path on the south side. The area itself is like walking on a path in a forest. With a wide assortment of plants all around you. So it reminded me more of a trail in a forest then it did a garden. This was just fine with me as I enjoy hikes and walks in forested areas. And enjoyed seeing the stone cabin amongst the trees. You can also go inside the Manor House and see some of the rooms. And a map for future plans the Botanic Garden.

The bridge over Johnson Creek is damaged and is no longer open for vehicles, but pedestrians can walked across it to get from the parking lot to the estate. This of course means that you can no longer drive from Foster Road via 122nd to get to the parking lot. Instead you will need to get to it by driving from SE Foster Road to SE 134th Avenue. Take the Detour at SE Flavel Street and follow the direction signs posted on SE Flavel Street and 122nd Avenue to the parking lot.

Reconstruction of the bridge is planned for late summer 2017. When it will be removed to start construction of a new bridge.

Leach Botanical Garden is free.
They have FREE guided tours 11:00 AM to Noon every Saturday, March through November.

The Garden Hours are:
Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM
Sundays 1 PM to 4 PM
The Garden is Closed on Mondays and Holidays
Written September 18, 2016
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anagN42HU
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Went to a friends company party here and very disappointed with the parking, bridge was shut off for drivers, had to walk up the hill, not to bad, good exercise. As the previous rater mention, very disappointed with the scenery, if you're expecting to walk around a nice "botanical garden" don't come here. It's more of a forest trail with labeled trees and spiders hanging down from all the shrubs! The best place to see is the Japanese gardens in Portland.
Written August 23, 2016
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TrvlTheWorld2
Vancouver, WA608 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
Found this place on Tripadvisor. A little difficult to get to as the bridge that is right at the gate to the place is blocked off and impassible except on foot. Worth the trip though.

I liked the variety of plants and that many were marked with the name and origins. it's a small little park but lots to see. Can't wait to go back a little later in the season when more are bloomed out. There is a house that you can tour, but it wasn't opened w hen we went.

Will definitely go back to check it out!
Written February 29, 2016
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sistapleto
Jacksonville, FL681 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Nice little garden a bit out of the way in a residential area. Mostly forest type plants and foliage. Nice paths but use caution because some are a bit uneven. Very nice staff. Small gift store. House worth a quick tour. Park across the street in the small parking lot. No fee but donations appreciated.
Written June 8, 2015
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Lizann S
Portland, Oregon, United States20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
This garden, off the beaten path and largely unknown, is wonderful. The creek running through it, stone house, the residence, and all the beautiful plants and trees is a delight to behold....and it's FREE. Visit for some peace and solitude and beauty at anytime of the year. Also, a nice little gift shop for your enjoyment.
Written February 18, 2015
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Jaxnbrwn
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
So beautiful. Soooo green. Very happy that we went there. Unfortunately a big part of the garden was under construction during our visit.
Written October 17, 2019
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Milestogo007
Portland, OR542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
This Garden is a hidden treasure. I came here on a rather warm Sunday and was able to stay cool because there are so many great and grand trees on the property. Johnson Creek also goes through the property and the trail down by the creek is very cool. The garden is absolutely beautiful with mysterious trails that take you up to a meadow or down by Johnson Creek. Either way is an adventure. I was able to see a snake (harmless garter snake), Hummingbirds, Squirrels, etc. A lot of the plants and trees have signs and descriptions by them. There is also bamboo which to me is just incredibly beautiful and it was fun to be able to study and read about it as well as touch it. The Garden is perfect for practicing "Mindfulness". I have had a lot on my mind of late, and for once it was not thinking about women in bikini's wearing cowboy boots made in Guatemala. I was thinking about the big picture of life: Marriage! A lot of people get married because they have the same religion, or they think they have the same principle's only to find out later their religion or principle's got married and they just went along for the ride. Love seems to have a lot of counterfeits, not to get too deep. Is it possible that though marriage in these times seems for some reason to be troubled, often fatal, arrangement, is it not only possible to survive it, but to actually revive it? That is the question. As if on cue at Leach Garden while I was thinking, a wedding planner, who was just stunning by the way in her summer dress with her Prince Val bangs, and her world conquering smile got with a couple who were planning for that special day. You can rent the garden for weddings and it is just an incredible venue for such an occasion so here I got to personally witness the start of a couple's new life being planned out with the beginning being in the garden. Excellent choice. I highly recommend to anyone to come visit the garden. It is very peaceful, relaxing, and it is a beautiful respite from the real world and educational and a great place to have a wedding.
Written July 23, 2017
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Swissabroad
Portland, OR71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
This used to be the home and garden of a couple with an interest in botany and today offers the visitor a lovely shaded walk through interesting woods. Mrs Leach had a passion for collecting native plants from the Pacific Northwest and that is what you'll find here. The Leach home is also open to the public. The rooms are well preserved, flooded with light and show magnificent wood construction. Check before you visit so that you do not come when there is a wedding going on, you'll miss seeing the home. On a Thursday you will find most of the volunteers. All of them are well versed in the history of the home and gardens and are very willing to share their knowledge with visitors.
You can reach the gardens with public transportation but it is quite a hike from the bus stop. A car is definitively an advantage.
Written June 9, 2017
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