Leach Botanical Garden

Leach Botanical Garden, Portland: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Leach Botanical Garden Reviews: 4/5

Leach Botanical Garden
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A public botanical garden which began as the home of Lilla Leach, exploring botanist, and John Leach her pharmacist husband and community leader. Their four acre property on the banks of Johnson Creek in outer southeast Portland is owned by Portland Parks and operated by a non-profit. Botanical specimens from the Northwest and around the world are on display. The Leach home is sometimes open for tours and is rented for weddings, events and meetings. In 2018, substantial new facilities will be constructed expanding the botanical offerings, gathering spaces and accessible, visitor facilities.
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jackwidely
Portland, OR201 contributions
Nice Garden in the City
Jun 2021
Lovely easy to walk Botanical Gardens close to everyone in Portland. Trails are well groomed and anyone of any age should find them easy to traverse. Nice selections of plants and tree- some pretty old are situated on the grounds.

Sadly the bridge across the creek was washed out by flooding in 2020 and has not yet been replaced leaving a small portion of the garden closed including the old stone house.

During 2021 admission is free but their website must be used for setting a time slot to visit. Plenty of parking. Easy to find. Worth an hour or so.
Written June 6, 2021
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Jaxnbrwn
6 contributions
Beautiful
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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Ola Z
Pristina, Kosovo702 contributions
Beautiful garden, definitely a place to visit
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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Jilly
Portland, OR46 contributions
Magical tour in tiny woodland
Nov 2018
Our first visit was in the summer when the Garden' s delightful children's edible garden was in full bloom and with harvestable tomatoes and berries. The garden itself is a lovely, secret journey down to Johnson Creek on meandering paths under trees surrounded by lovely beds planted with native plants. Across the bridge one discovers the fairy tale cabin. In the fall we found giant leaves and little villages of tiny mushrooms.Be sure to download the scavenger hunt from their website and see if you can find the dinosaur! This is a lovely little garden that has become one of our favorite spots to explore in any season with my grandson. The gift shop is delightful and the staff is helpful and friendly. You can purchase native plants there as well.It ticks all the boxes for an afternoon of adventure and learning.
Written August 6, 2019
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Kym2877
Tampa, FL45 contributions
Beautiful garden estate
Jul 2019 • Family
This property was left to the city of Portland, formerly the home of Lila and John Leach, after their death. The Johnson creek runs through the property and features many plants native to the area as well as non-native plants. The original cottage-style house the Leach's built, still sits on the property, is very charming and fairy like. It is an amazing place with many hiking trails, which are very easy to navigate. The most amazing part, it's free! Tranquil and beautiful, highly recommended.
Written July 29, 2019
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Rachael B
Portland, OR30 contributions
Birdsong and bees
May 2019 • Solo
A very small garden but so restful and lovely! Really more like spending time in a woodland glade! Not the usual botanical garden- perhaps more of a restful reflection and relaxation spot for anyone travel or world weary.
Written June 4, 2019
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David M
Vero Beach, FL10,863 contributions
A modest but excellent garden
May 2018 • Solo
Leach is the legacy of the namesake couple, who left their house, stone cabin, and estate loaded with native and some non-native plants; they were enthusiastic explorers of the Oregon flora. It's continued under city ownership as a place with serious plant collections, so that in spring, it's a great place to see trilliums, iris, Lewisia, Pentsemon, Camassia, and quite a bit more. The paths and beds are well maintained, though the garden retains its residential-scale modesty.

The house has a terrace that looks well sized for events. One was being set up as I visited.

The stone cabin is worth visiting on a tour to see its spectacular terrazzo floor, a tribute from Mr. Leach to his wife. He did the metal work himself, and must have selected the large stones.

I would note, as a former Portland resident, that the garden very definitely has plants flowering in January and is worth visiting in the rain. Don't save it for a sunny day.

Change is coming. An aerial walkway to put visitors up among the trees (making use of the steep drop-off from the upper level of the garden to Johnson Creek) will soon be built.

The bridge across Johnson Creek is closed and will soon be replaced. Parking and pedestrian access is available on the south side. A bus stop is close.
Written May 19, 2018
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Milestogo007
Portland, OR537 contributions
A Beautiful Botanical Garden that is absolutely free, and is superior to some of those gardens that do.
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, OR70 contributions
Escape on a hot day
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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Carl R
Portland, OR643 contributions
A walk in the woods
May 2017 • Couples
This is more a 'signed' forest trail than a botanical garden. Looks to be mostly Pacific Northwest flora. Nice trails, but also a meadow where events are hosted. There was a well run children's festival the day we discovered this. There are two parking areas and an out of commission bridge that you can walk, but not drive on. There is a small gift store, the 'founders' open house, a stone cottage hidden in the woods, too.
Johnson creek runs through the property. It is about a mile or so worth of trails, mostly up and down. Not really suitable for people who have trouble walking. God bless the volunteers. It is free and a gem hidden in an otherwise rough patch of Portland.
Written May 22, 2017
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