About Leach

Rent Space

Garden History

The story of John and Lilla Leach is a compelling one – one linked with early Oregon history, science (Lilla the botanist), business/commerce (John the druggist), civic-minded citizens (YMCA & Rose Festival, Leach Garden as botanical park), writers (both Lilla & John), humorist  and historian (John) and an inspiring love story. Who could ask for more?

Our Mission

Leach Garden Friends maintains and enhances Leach Botanical Garden’s living collections of plants for the purposes of education, research and conservation and preserves the legacy of the Garden’s founders, John and Lilla Leach.

Board & Staff

Our amazing team of passionate nature enthusiasts continuously turn our vision into reality. Come meet them!

We Are Different,
We Like It That Way

We Aspire to Be…

Portland’s botanical and cultural garden, a treasure connecting people, place and plants through discovery and delight. Our botanical garden  highlights northwest native plants and features other unique collections including ferns, and spring ephemerals.


  • A horticultural resource for both casual and serious gardeners.
  • A hands-on laboratory for environmental education that encourages engagement with the physical sciences.
  • A model and demonstration site of environmental sustainability.
  • An historic site celebrating John & Lilla Leach and their contributions to Pacific Northwest botany and to the southeast Portland community.
  • A regional destination.
  • A place of beauty, respite, and reflection.
  • A special place for families to gather and create memories.

How We’re Funded

We rely upon a mix of donations, sales, membership, volunteerism and grants to operate and grow. The majority of monetary support we receive is directly from the generous community of like-minded people and businesses in the Portland area. Whether you choose to show your support through hands-on involvement, financial contributions, or both, we appreciate you more than we’re able to express on a simple webpage. Please come visit us again soon to see your impact in person!

  • Contributions & Grants
  • Fundraising Sales & Events
  • Classes and Rentals
Skip to content