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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

General Garden FAQs

Is the Garden open during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes! Leach Garden continues to be open regular hours, though Restrooms, 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. Please note that there may be a waiting time to enter the garden if it reaches our capacity due to covid19 safety precautions.

  • Stay home if you don't feel well
  • Drop-in group visits and portrait photography are strictly not allowed
  • Stay close to home - our Restrooms are closed
  • Use alternating parking spaces in the parking lot when possible. Please be prepared to return another time if the parking lot is full; due to covid19 precautions, we do not have additional parking and street parking is not allowed.
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping at least 6 feet from others, including our staff and volunteers
  • Wear face coverings throughout the garden
  • Follow one-way signs on trails
  • Single household visitors only with a maximum of 5 people together on the trails at a time; we are not accepting either guided or unguided group visit requests during this time. 
  • 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?

Current parking is available at the Creekside parking lot, across the Johnson Creek bridge from the Garden entrance.  Two handicapped permit parking spaces are available at the Manor House entrance. Please respect our neighbors by always checking for regulatory "No Parking" signs and be prepared to return at another time if the parking lot is full.

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

Bicycles: There is a bicycle stand in the Creekside parking lot. There is limited temporary bicycle parking 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. There is no fee for garden entrance during our open hours, but we welcome donations[link to 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 construction affects access to the largest part of the Garden’s geography. Among other things we are building extensive new accessible trails and paths. However, during construction the only areas that are accessible to wheelchairs are the areas of the original Leach estate around the Manor House. 

These areas provide the opportunity to see much of the planting in the area, to have views of the 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 be navigated to the Riparian area using the pathway on the far east side of the East Terrace.

Additionally, there are two ADA permit parking areas in the Manor House driveway.

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.

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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.

If you are interested in renting the garden for an event, please contact our Rental team with the form below. Check out our RENT page and Rental FAQs below for more info.

Can I jog in the garden?

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

We have posted some one-way signs on trails to facilitate physical distancing, as well as COVID-19 guidelines and etiquette at the garden entrance. We appreciate everyone's participation in following the guidelines which allow the garden to remain open during this time.

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.

Please note that COVID-19 precautions have meant the cancellation or postponement of larger events, however, we are accepting requests for small Elopements, MicroWeddings and Photo and Film Shoots.

Do you allow photography in the Garden?

Visitors are welcome to take pictures of the garden for personal use with their own device such as a smartphone. Please be mindful of your surroundings, and follow all garden etiquette and COVID-19 precautions 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 advance arrangement and may require a fee. 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.

Please note that due to COVID-19, we are suspending all reservations for Portrait Photography during weekend public open hours. We are reviewing requests for Photo and Film Shoot rentals during COVID-19 on a case by case basis, subject to availability during midweek days or outside of public hours on the weekends. Please contact our Rental team by using the form below, or by leaving a message at the Rental phone line (971) 832-9081. Please note that the Rental team has limited hours, and 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 during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The Gift Shop is open on a limited basis, with customer access only to items on display outside the shop. However, all shop items are available upon request. Staffing is currently limited to Thursday-Sunday, with flexible hours depending on volunteer and staff availability. Please use the Contact form below for any shop questions or for special requests.
Are you accepting Volunteer applications at this time?

At this time, we are not accepting Volunteer applications due to COVID-19. If you have other questions about volunteering at the garden, please contact us with the form below. Thank you for your interest!

What's going on with the construction?

The construction you see is Phase One of the Upper Garden Development project. Please check out the Construction Updates on our BLOG page, or scroll down to see Construction FAQs below.

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

or use the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page. Please note that we have limited staffing during this time.

We appreciate your interest in the Garden and will reply to messages as soon as we can. Thank you!

construction FAQs

Are you open during construction?

Leach Garden will be open during construction although areas where work is taking place will not be accessible. The Garden offices and the Manor House and Gift Shop may be inaccessible during some parts of the construction. We will note such changes on the website when possible, but please note that construction schedules are subject to changes with short notice.

Where can I park?

Parking for the moment is available at the Creekside Parking across the Johnson Creek bridge from the Garden entrance. Two handicapped spaces at that entrance are also available at the moment. Parking on the street side on SE 122nd Dr. is legal unless posted otherwise. We will update any changes.

Can I still walk around the garden?

Yes! During the construction, areas of the Garden will be closed to the public as the construction unfolds. We will post notices on site and online as the project unfolds to provide updates on access.

View construction map HERE.

Can I still rent space at the garden?

Rentals in the Garden will continue to take place dependent on the dates and times. The best information about rental for a particular date can be obtained by emailing rentals@leachgarden.org or by leaving a message on our RENTAL line at 971-832-9081. The rental team will return your message as soon as possible.

What is being built?

Elements of this project phase will incude the Aerial Treewalk, 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. Also included is a new 24/7 pathway taking people from the intersection of SE 122nd and Claybourne down to the sidewalk outside the Manor House entry gates.

See more about the Upper Garden Development project in the Expansion Updates section of our BLOG page HERE.

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 so as to have the least possible impact on trees. In the Upper Garden areas in the project zone, there are trees that will be removed. Importantly, large numbers of new trees will be planted as part of the project.

How long with the project take?

The Upper Garden project construction is expected to be completed by late fall of 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 or use Contact form in main menu.

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.

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 $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 Rental team by using the form below, or leaving a message on the Rental phone line: 971-832-9081. Thank you!

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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