Designing for the Future
Garden Expansion Project
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 and it has received land use and 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 by June 2019.
The full report “A Magical Transformation: Leach Botanical Garden Development Plan” (PDF embedded below) includes details about the design process and descriptions of the landscape framework, architecture, and phasing approach.
Upper Garden Construction FAQs
ARE YOU OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION?
WHERE CAN I PARK?
CAN I STILL WALK AROUND THE GARDEN?
WHAT IS GOING TO BE BUILT?
ARE TREES AFFECTED BY THE CONSTRUCTION?
ARE HONEYBEE HIKES STILL ON WEDNESDAY MORNINGS?
Check our website each week to insure that Honeybee Hikes are taking place. Currently, Honeybee participants should gather on the East Terrace on the far side of the Manor House.
WILL THE SUMMER LECTURE SERIES AND OTHER EVENTS AT THE GARDEN STILL OCCUR?
CAN I VISIT THE MANOR HOUSE AND THE GIFT SHOP?
The Manor House and Gift Shop will follow regular hours. If construction causes a change of accessibility of any facilities, we will update this FAQ.
CAN I STILL RENT SPACE IN THE GARDEN?
WILL THE PLANT SALE STILL HAPPEN IN APRIL 2020?
The Plant Sale held at Floyd Light Middle School will be held as usual. It is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020.
HOW LONG WILL THE PROJECT TAKE?
Questions about the project? Contact Ross Swanson: 503-823-3577
Questions about Leach? Contact the garden's administrative office: 503-823-1671