Upper Garden Development Plan

The Upper Garden Development Plan as accepted by Leach Garden Friends. Phasing for the project is underway with Portland Parks and Recreation.

Description of Landscape Framework & Architecture.


 A Magical Place for All describes details of the exciting plan! 

A Magical Place for All Project Brochure 

Phase I Development

The first phase of development is expected to take place in 2018-2019. Highlights include:

  • Pollinator Meadow and Gathering Green
  • Fireplace Terrace
  • Aerial Tree Walk
  • New central pathway between the Manor House and Upper Garden
  • Enhanced woodland plantings
  • Public pathway leading from SE Claybourne down to the 122nd St. bridge
  • One parking bay plus disabled and staff parking
  • New entrance at SE Claybourne

The following links describe specific Phase I projects.

1. First Phase Projects - Scope of Work. The red dotted line delineates project areas.

2. Garden & Woodland Planting Plans. These images show the planting plans for seasonal displays in the pollinator garden as well as plans for woodland garden enhancement, the storm water garden, southeast collection, gathering green, and buffer plantings.

3. Fireplace Terrace & Tree Walk Elevation. These two images show an elevation perspective of the terrace and tree walk as well as more detail on the terrace. The tree walk is elliptical and is shown here at its southernmost point. There are no stairs down from the tree walk even though this image makes it look that way because the elevation perspective cuts through the support structure at the southern edge.  

4. Central Staircase Path. This new path provides a gracious connection between the Manor House and the Upper Garden. 


Designing for the Future

The second phase of design work was complete with the submission of a 'preferred alternative' to the Citizen Advisory Committee in late September 2016. Land Morphology and Olson-Kundig Architects have submitted the design plan for land use permit approval. Nearly eight acres in the undeveloped Upper Garden will offer new botanical and programmatic experiences to visitors and make a connection to the historic Garden and Manor House along Johnson Creek. The design intends that Leach become the signature public cultural attraction in East Portland. We expect to go to construction on the first phase in 2018.

The full report "A Magical Transformation: Leach Botanical Garden Development Plan" includes details about the design process and descriptions of the landscape framework, architecture, and phasing approach. We urge you to use the form to the right to submit comments or questions.  If you would like to hear more about the process as we go forward, we'll add your name to the e-list for project updates. 



Background Information & Resources

Leach Botanical Garden's Vision, Mission, and Values

Business Plan Executive Summary 2011

Leach Botanical Garden Master Plan 2010

2011 Collection Assessment Report

Program Goals-Final Evaluation 03.15.12

2012 Site Concept 

2015 Community Engagement Report