Frequently
Asked Questions

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6704 SE 122nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97236

Open Hours

Winter Hours – October thru March

Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wed–Sun: 10am – 4pm 

Call Us

503-823-9503

General Garden FAQs

Is the Garden open during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes! Leach Garden continues to be open regular hours, though Gift Shop, Manor House and offices are not open to the public. We also ask that all visitors follow our additional garden etiquette during this unprecedented time for the safety of everyone.

  • Stay home if you don't feel well.
  • Portrait photography is not allowed. Please see our photography policy.
  • Use alternating parking spaces in the parking lot when possible. Please be prepared to return another time if the parking lot is full; we do not have additional parking and street parking is not allowed.
  • Single household visitors only with a maximum of 5 people together on the trails at a time; please call about guided or unguided group visit requests.
  • No picnicking, no outside food and drinks allowed; please bring your own water.
  • Please note that there is no creek access at the garden. We do not allow wading into the creek. The creek is protected natural habitat at the garden.
Where can I park?

Visitor parking is available at the Main Entrance on SE Claybourne Street. Four  handicapped permit parking spaces near the Main Entrance. There is limited Overflow Parking and two handicapped permit parking spaces near the Manor House. Please respect our neighbors and do not park on residential streets. Be prepared to return if the parking lots are full. 

We encourage arriving to the garden by alternative modes of transportation.

Bicycles: There are bicycle stands near the Main Entrance, Garden Office and near the Manor House. Please be mindful of plantings and please keep pathways accessible as you lock up your bicycle.

Riding bicycles, scooters, skateboards or other similar modes of transportation is not allowed inside the Garden.

Is there a fee to enter the Garden?

Thank you for asking! The Garden is managed by Leach Garden Friends, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in partnership with the City of Portland Parks and Recreation. In celebration of opening the new gardens Admission is currently waived, although we do encourage donations. We are able to maintain the garden and provide programs due to donations, grant funding, rental and program fees.

Some activities and events do have fees. Portrait photography and venue rentals are examples.  For more information, please check our RENT page.

Is the garden ADA wheelchair/stroller accessible?

Thank you for your interest in visiting Leach Garden. The Upper Garden expansion and new Main Entry have increased access to the garden, however, the topography is challenging and the hillside that connects the Upper and Lower Gardens is not wheelchair accessible.Please click here to view our ADA accessible trails in the garden. 

The Upper Garden provides the opportunity to see much of the plantings in the area, and to view the Manor House, creek,

and riparian area—but the paths to the riparian area, pedestrian bridge and south of Johnson Creek are not wheelchair accessible. Some strollers can navigate the pathway to the riparian area located at the far east side of the East Terrace.

Additionally, there are two ADA permit parking areas in the Manor House driveway providing access to the Manor House, Gift Shop, and East Terrace.

Do you allow groups to visit the garden?

We're delighted that you have asked! However, due to COVID-19, the Garden has suspended all group visit requests, and is limiting entrance to single-household visitors only.

Thank you for your understanding. For general group visit questions, please contact us by using the form below.

Can I picnic in the garden?

We encourage you to bring your water bottle, but we ask you to limit any other food to what is medically necessary.

Can I jog in the garden?

The garden trails are intended for easy strolling. We do not permit jogging inside the garden.

Do you rent the garden for private events?

We are pleased to offer a variety of options to rent the garden for your private event.

Please contact our Rental team with the form below. Check out our RENT page and Rental FAQs below for more info.

Do you allow photography in the Garden?

Please see our full photography policy

Visitors are welcome to take pictures of the garden for personal use with their own device such as a smartphone or small camera. Please be mindful of your surroundings, and follow all garden etiquette when taking 'selfies' or photos of plant specimens. Garden etiquette requires respecting the ability of other visitors to safely enjoy the garden as well as respecting the grounds themselves.

All Portrait photography and filming requires a fee and is available by advance arrangement only. Drop-in photo sessions of any kind are not allowed. If no advance arrangement for photography has been made, you may be asked to leave the garden.

Portrait photography is defined as any photography that comprises a photo shoot or has the appearance of a photo shoot, regardless if it is amateur (unpaid services, does not have a client fee), or professional/commercial (has a client fee). This includes photography with or without models or products. Examples of Portrait photography include but are not limited to: Engagement, Wedding, Graduation and Maternity photos.

Reservations for Portrait Photography during public open hours are now available. We review requests for Photo and Film Shoot rentals during public hours on a case by case basis, subject to availability. If you would like to inquire about a Photo Shoot reservation, please contact us at info@leachgarden.org. Please note that the scheduling team has limited hours; we will return messages as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Are dogs allowed in the Garden?

To protect plants, wildlife and people, the Leach Botanical Garden does not allow dogs or other pets. For more information on the science behind this policy, please check out Metro's resource page HERE.

ADA Service Animals are allowed. Service animals are highly trained to take a specific action to assist a person with a disability. Note: Emotional support animals are not ADA Service animals and are not allowed.

Is the Gift Shop open?

The Gift Shop Outdoor Kiosk is open on Fridays from 10:30-4:30, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30-3:30. Our indoor Gift Shop is temporarily closed for in-person shopping.

Are you accepting Volunteer applications at this time?

We are accepting a limited number of volunteer applications at this time for gardening, gift shop, ranger, and tour guide positions. Please contact us with the form below. Thank you for your interest in volunteering! 

Event Rental FAQs

Is onsite parking available?

Yes, guests can use Visitor Parking near the Main Entrance or the Overflow parking lot near the Manor House. However, parking is limited and we encourage car-pooling and ride-sharing.

What event space is available for rent and what is the maximum guest count?

Leach Botanical Garden rents the indoor Manor House Fireplace Room and adjacent outdoor East Terrace as a combined, single venue.

The Manor House Fireplace Room can accommodate up to 40 people comfortably at a seated reception or up to 24 people for a business retreat. Our outdoor East Terrace can seat up to 80 people comfortably at a seated reception. Since our East Terrace is open to the elements, we do require a Rain Plan for guest counts above 50 people.

Our maximum capacity for both indoor and outdoor spaces is 80 people.

Additional maximum guest counts may apply to some dates to COVID-19 precautions.

How much does it cost to rent the venue space at Garden?

The venue Rental cost is comprised of the following:

1. Venue Rental Fee (varies) — Email rentals@leachgarden.org for details.
2. $300 Security Deposit.
3. Event Insurance is required.
4. Rain Plan is required for guest counts above 50 people.

What is included in the venue Rental Fee?
  • Event Rental Period — Email rentals@leachgarden.org for details.
  • East Terrace, Manor House Fireplace Room and main floor including the Dining Room, Kitchen and Nook for food staging only, and 2 restrooms.
  • Parking lot with 32 spaces plus 2 Disabled Persons Permit Parking spaces.
  • White, folding ceremony chairs and tables from our onsite inventory for up to 80 people at a seated reception, including set-up and break-down of these items only. Please note that some rental packages have a maximum guest count less than 80 persons.
  • Market Lighting above the East Terrace
  • An Event Rental Representative will be onsite during your event and will be able to assist with venue-related needs.
  • If you are holding both a wedding ceremony and reception at the Garden:
  • Separate dressing rooms with restrooms for wedding party use.
  • 1-hour wedding ceremony rehearsal to be scheduled 30-days prior to event date from 9am – 12pm, subject to Garden availability. Rehearsals scheduled after Garden hours may incur a fee.
What times of the day can the venue space be rented?

Leach Botanical Garden can be rented for weddings and private social events from 2:00pm – 10:00pm, Thursday – Sunday. Music must be turned off at 9:00pm. Rental hour extensions have an additional fee and adjustments to an earlier rental time are subject to Garden approval.

Nonprofit retreats and similar business events are typically scheduled on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the daytime.

The Garden welcomes all event rental inquires and evaluates special event rental times on a case-by-case basis.

Additional restrictions apply to event dates through November 2020. Email rentals@leachgarden.org for more information.

How do I hold a date?
Leach Botanical Garden requires a Rental Agreement with a Non-Refundable Rental Fee Deposit (25% of Rental Fee) to secure your event date. We do not hold dates without a Rental Agreement and Rental Deposit, but are glad to advise if another party is interested in the same date.
Is Event Insurance required to rent the venue space?

Yes, Leach Botanical Garden requires Event Insurance for all event rentals at the Garden.  Insurance certificate of liability is due 30-days prior to your event. Email rentals@leachgarden.org for more information.

Does the Garden provide a Wedding Planner or Day-of Coordinator?
No, the Garden does not provide Wedding Planner or Day-of Coordinator.  An Event Rental Representative is present on the day of your event to assist with venue-related needs.
Once my event is booked, can I visit anytime I want?

Leach Botanical Garden does not charge admission and is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday between 9:00am-4:00pm, Sunday between 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Seasonal winter and holiday closures may apply.

We encourage visitors to plan ahead and contact the Garden to confirm that Manor House and East Terrace are open for viewing.

How much is the Rental Fee deposit and what is the Payment Schedule?
  • A Non-Refundable Rental Fee Deposit is 25% of the venue Rental Fee and is due upon receipt of the Rental Agreement; the Rental Fee Balance is due 90-days prior to event date.
  • A $500 Security Deposit is due 60-days prior to event date.
  • A Rain Plan is required for guest counts above 50.
What is a Rain Plan?

Our East Terrace is open to the elements and Rain Plans are required for guest counts above 50.

Rain Plans typically include reserving a tent option through the Garden and creating alternate floor layouts in case of rainy weather.

Can I provide my own food and beverage?

Leach Botanical Garden has an amazing preferred list of full-service caterers who look forward to creating a custom menu for your special event.

We do not allow self-catering. Drop-off catering is subject to Garden approval. We do have a Catering Buy-Out fee; all outside vendors are subject to Garden approval. Dessert and beverage vendors are not subject to Catering Buy-Out fees, but are subject to Garden approval. Email rentals@leachgarden.org for more details.

Can alcoholic beverages be served at a Rental Event?

Yes, a Garden-approved caterer or vendor with an OLCC license may serve all alcoholic beverages at Wedding Receptions and Private Event rentals, and Host Liquor Liability Insurance is required. Please note that not all rental packages allow alcohol service.

What is the Music/Noise policy at the Garden?

Music must be turned off by 9:00pm. Email rentals@leachgarden.org for more information.

What are the restrictions for décor?
All outdoor candles must be dripless and enclosed in glass chimneys – no open flames allowed.  Sparklers are not permitted. All indoor candles must be battery-powered.
Can we smoke in the garden?
No, Leach Botanical Garden is a smoke-free/vape-free property, and smoking/vaping is not allowed in the Garden.
Can my pet be a part of my wedding?
No, pets are not allowed at any time due to the fragile nature of plant specimens in our collection, as well as bird and other wildlife habitat at Leach Botanical Garden. Service animals are permitted; service animals must remain in control at all times.
What time can I access the Garden on my Event Day?
Your access to the rental space is determined by your Rental Agreement start time and end time. Your rental start time is the earliest time that you, your representatives or your vendors can access the rental space. Your rental end time is the latest time that you, your representatives or your vendors can access the rental space.

If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact our Rental team by leaving a message on the Rental phone line: 971-832-9081. Thank you!

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