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Whether your passion is finding new gardens wherever you roam, or you just enjoy the peace of an urban oasis, you’ll love wandering the pathways of Oregon’s cultivated gardens. Below are just a few suggestions to get you started.
Leach Botanical Garden (Portland)
The grounds feature the Manor House of John and Lilla Leach and their gardens, currently host to more than 2,000 species of plants, which were inspired by their botanical expeditions.
Columbia Botanical Gardens (St. Helens)
Walk the trillium and bleeding-heart pathways into a fern-filled ravine. Marvel at the willows and the numerous riparian species that arrive at nesting season.
Delbert Hunter Arboretum and Botanic Garden (Dallas, Willamette Valley)
The park reveals Northwest trees and plants and wetland species. The Lewisia Garden features High Desert plantings, while the La Creole Creek lends an ever-changing aspect to this tranquil space.
Willamette University’s Martha Springer Botanical Garden and Rose Garden (Salem)
This Salem favorite contains native plants, historic and newer varieties of roses, English perennials and a Japanese Garden.
Opened in 2000, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is a popular destination in the Portland metro area. Often visited during the blooming season in spring, the garden is home to a number of plant species not seen anywhere else but at the garden and in China.
Inspired by Portland and the Chinese city of Suzhou becoming sister cities in 1988, the garden now features nearly 40,000 square feet of tranquil scenery. Many visitors to the Lan Su Chinese Garden enjoy the Lake Zither at the center of the complex.