Frequently
Asked Questions

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6704 SE 122nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97236

Open Hours

Monday: Closed
Tue–Sat: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4pm

Call Us

503-823-9503

Event Rental FAQs

Is onsite parking available?
Yes, we have a free Garden parking lot with 32 spaces and 2 Disabled Permit parking spaces located in the Manor House driveway. Unimproved, overflow parking near the Upper Garden may be available. 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.

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 October 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 $300 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 Event Specialists Virginia, Kit and Jo, by emailing rentals@leachgarden.org or calling 971-832-9081. Thank you!

Upper Garden Construction FAQs

ARE YOU OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION?
Leach Garden will be open during construction, though areas where work is taking place will not be accessible. The Garden offices, Manor House, and Gift Shop may be inaccessible during some parts of the construction. We will note such changes on the website.
WHERE CAN I PARK?
Parking that is currently available includes: The Creekside parking lot, across the Johnson Creek bridge from the Garden entrance, plus two handicapped spaces at the Manor House entrance. Street parking on SE 122nd Dr. is legal unless posted otherwise. We will update any changes.
CAN I STILL WALK AROUND THE GARDEN?
During the construction various areas of the Garden will be closed to the public. We will post notices on site and online as the project unfolds to provide updates on access. Expect closure limits to change as construction progresses.
WHAT IS GOING TO BE BUILT?
Elements of this project phase include the Aerial Tree Walk, Fireside Arbor and Terrace, Pollinator and Habitat Garden, Gathering Green, new accessible pathways, parking areas, and restrooms. A main path and staircase from the new entry will take people on a direct route from the Upper Garden to the Manor House. Claybourne Street will become the main entry to the Garden. The main part of the Garden will be fenced and gated. A new 24/7 pathway will provide a street-safe route from the intersection of SE 122nd Avenue and Claybourne down to the sidewalk just outside the Manor House entry gates.
ARE TREES AFFECTED BY THE CONSTRUCTION?
Trees are affected by the construction. The vast majority of trees in the construction zone will be protected under the City of Portland standards. The Aerial Tree Walk is designed to have the least possible impact on trees. In the Upper Garden areas project zone, some trees will be removed, but many new trees will also be planted as part of the project.
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?
Yes. Please refer to our main event calendar for all current activity listings and their details.
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?
Rentals in the Garden will continue to take place, with some date and time restrictions. More information on rental availability can be obtained by calling our EVENT RENTAL line at 971-832-9081.
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?
The  Upper Garden project is expected to be completed by fall/winter 2020.  A firm date for a dedication ceremony and opening will be selected when we are closer to completion.

Questions about the project? Contact Ross Swanson: 503-823-3577
Questions about Leach? Contact the garden's administrative office: 503-823-1671 

General Rules of Use

GARDEN HOURS

Monday Closed
Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday 1pm-4pm

The Garden is closed for the month of January for routine maintenance. The Administrative office remains open.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Open 9am-12:30pm on Thanksgiving Eve & Christmas Eve.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

ADMISSION

Admission during regular Garden hours is free. Contributions are encouraged. Contributions support the operation of the Garden and our ability to offer programs and education.

Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and feel free to bring a water bottle.

Registration

Advance registration is required for all workshops, classes and events here at the gardens. Many activities have limited seating/attendance and are first come, first serve.

GARDEN ETIQUETTE

The Garden is a smoke-free and vape-free facility under PP&R rules.

Pets are not allowed.  Service animals are allowed.

Stay on the main trails.  Walking in the planted areas can damage plant collection specimens.

No bicycles or similar vehicles on trails or paths.

Do not pick flowers or seeds-they are part of our collection.

Children under 12 must accompany an adult.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Visitors are welcome to take pictures of the garden for personal use. However, garden etiquette requires respect for the ability of other visitors to enjoy the garden as well as respect for the grounds themselves.

All portrait, professional, commercial photography or any photography that comprises a 'photo shoot' or has the appearance of a 'photo shoot' requires advance arrangement with our rental staff and may require a fee. Contact us by email at rentals@leachgarden.org or by calling 971-832-9081. For more information, go to RENT.

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