Sunday, September 10, 2017

11:00am - 4:00pm

Benefiting Ainsworth Elementary School

The 2015 Gardens


Taking advantage of Portland’s great late summer rays is the Garden Tour | West, benefiting Ainsworth Elementary School’s PTA. Enjoy a rare glimpse of horticultural treasures and gracious outdoor living at five beautiful gardens in the Southwest Hills, just a stone’s throw from downtown.


So many garden tours focus on the East side of Portland, and so the organizers are excited to share with Portlanders some of what the West side has to offer. “We wanted to provide a unique experience for garden-lovers, both in terms of timing and location. So many tours take place in May and June, but gardens in Portland are still gorgeous and thriving in September. These gardens are hidden Southwest Hills gems that so people are in for a treat,” says Robin Abadía, one of the tour’s organizers.


Frances Barnes' Garden

Not one square inch is wasted in this inviting, artistic and abundant 3-level garden.  Flowering herbs and shrubs give way to sunny fruit and vegetable beds brimming with the spoils of the harvest.  A tranquil fountain offers a peaceful spot to relax, while listening to the soft murmuring of chickens in the coop.


The Booth Garden

One level flows into the next in this graceful ¾ acre Portland Heights lot, designed by Wallace Huntington,  Features include a tranquil pond anchored with a bronze Thomas Hardy fountain, a serene swimming pool that doubles as a reflecting pond, a classic gazebo, lush cutting garden, and miniature waterfall.


The Jane Platt Garden

Carved out of an old apple orchard, this legendary 2½ acre garden offers the opportunity stroll through an endless collection of rare and unusual trees and plant specimens that were lovingly envisioned more than 70 years ago and planted, nurtured and preserved over the ensuing decades. The epic garden is truly a Portland treasure.


Cynthia Woodyard’s Garden

Designed and nurtured over the course of several decades, it is easy to get lost in this rambling garden (not quite a full acre).  The playful juxtaposition of species mixes hardy tropicals, unusual natives, mature trees, and delicate herbs, creating lush layers of textures and proportion.  The goldfish pond, brick pathways, lath house, and whimsical wire sculptures provide delightful contrast.


The Annie and Ernie Munch Garden

Inspired by gardens on the East Coast and abroad, every corner of this garden has been meticulously and lovingly designed. The manicured lawn, espaliered fruit trees and geometric boxwoods provide a structured backdrop for flowering perennials, trailing vines, and a striking view of the city and Mt. Hood in the distance.