Portland has some beautiful botanical gardens including Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens and Elk Rock Gardens, but my favorite is Leach Botanical Gardens. This beautiful, sixteen acre property was originally the home of John and Lilla Leach, who purchased a portion of the plot in the early 1930s. Their original home, a charming stone cottage, still stands on the property.
They later built a larger house that was their home until the mid 1970s when it became too difficult for them to maintain.
After their deaths, the property was acquired by the City of Portland and is currently open to the public. A five acre expansion was finished in 2021 and includes a tree walk, arbor and interesting benches.
The gardens are a tranquil place to wander and take photos.
Life begins the day you start a garden. – Chinese Proverb
The gardens are located at 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236 and are open Wednesdays – Sundays from 10am – 4pm. There is a small admission fee. The Manor House is available to rent for special occasions.
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