Sunday, September 10, 2017

11:00am - 4:00pm

Benefiting Ainsworth Elementary School

The 2014 Gardens


A glimpse of 2014's garden tour. Our first tour.

Hinckley Garden

This private oasis is an extensive garden that has benefited from decades of loving care. The owners emphasize its year-round interest. From glorious, mature rhododendrons and azalea’s blooming in the spring, to a refreshing dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day. A bountiful harvest from the vegetable garden greets the fall, and two stately “Heritage Trees” stand tall during the winter. The tour leads you among stepping stones and pathways, an ancient waterfall as well as a pond and wonderful garden art by the owner who is a professional artist.


Lippy Garden

An Asian aesthetic blends gracefully with the natural style of the Pacific Northwest and the Arts and Crafts origins of the house to create a peaceful kaiyū-shiki-teien, or “stroll garden.” Enjoy the flowing pond and stream, the open design of the fences and gates, graceful Japanese maples, and carefully placed stonework. The home’s amply sized decks with gorgeous planters and comfortable seating create an easy transition between the home and garden.


Blandings Garden

Reminiscent of 19th century England, complete with the tinkling of sheep bells from the neighbor’s pasture, this garden transports you. Created by renowned Oregon landscape architect Wallace Huntington for the previous homeowner, this garden has it all. Fragrant wisteria, a formal garden, English-style lawn and patio give way to terraced vegetable gardens, white roses and a large berry patch. At the far end of the lot is a pond and waterfall, with a mature forested backdrop.


The Torch Garden

When the owners moved to Portland three years ago, they stumbled on a rare find:  a century-old house centered on nearly 3-acres of beautifully designed gardens and landscaping, less than two miles from downtown Portland. Truly an urban sanctuary, the Torch garden is a study in contrasts, with a mix of careful landscaping, comfortable outdoor living spaces, terraced play spaces for the children, untouched woodlands and even a delightful chicken coop.


Sullivan Family Garden

The owner was raised gardening with her parents and wanted her children to grow up with a similar experience. Thus the Sullivans’ “urban family farm” was born in 2010.  The focal point is a massive terraced vegetable garden, positioned to optimize sun exposure and facilitate easy harvesting. Ever evolving, their hard work is paying off with a great bounty this year.

Ainsworth Greenspace | 2425 SW Vista Ave 97201

Stop by Ainsworth Elementary to tour its delightful, forested greenspace, located at the end of Spring Street. Rest in the shade and enjoy some complimentary refreshments. The site has an interesting history hosting at one point or another the Portland Heights Club, a small zoo where passengers of the Portland Cable Railway could wait for the next car at the turntable, and later a homestead with a large, grassy yard. Today, the space has been reclaimed by nature and transformed into a space for outdoor learning. Parents and students have worked tirelessly pulling out invasives and planting natives, creating pathways and sitting areas. A stone amphitheater was installed several years ago, and students have created whimsical path and plant markers.