Sunday, September 10, 2017

11:00am - 4:00pm

Benefiting Ainsworth Elementary School

The fourth annual Portland Garden Tour | WEST, a benefit for the Ainsworth Elementary School PTA

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Neighborhoods in Southwest Portland

$30, available online. Tickets also available at Cornell Farm on SW Barnes Road, Zupan’s on Burnside and Vista, or any garden the day of the tour.

The Gardens


The 2017 Portland Garden Tour | West offers visits to four private gardens and the opportunity to tour the Pittock Mansion gardens accompanied by a Master Gardener tour guide. All five gardens will be at the peak of their late summer glory. You will enjoy blasts of bright Rudbeckia, kitchen gardens ready for harvest, masses of hydrangeas as their hues deepen, and Acer palmatum with leaves turning to flame. This year's tour will particularly delight garden lovers who are interested in native, rare and historical plants and landscapes.


Nature, Tamed

Once the site of a vast orchard, this historic property has been lovingly transformed, with a charming and compatible combination of herbs, grasses, native plants, sculptured fruit trees, bee boxes and garden art. Portland's largest Camperdown Elm towers above; local legend says that Captain Henry Hewett, who lived in the vicinity, planted it here more than a century ago.


Collectors' Conifers (and more)

Here you'll find an abundant collection of 50 conifer cultivars (mostly dwarf), 15 unusual Japanese maple cultivars, and 8 distinctive Gingko cultivars, as well as flowers for cutting, shrubs that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, vegetables for harvesting, and trees and shrubs that offer visual and textural interest year-round. Meticulous plant markers make a visit to this garden particularly fulfilling.


Historic Horticulture

On this year's Portland Garen Tour | West, the Pittock Mansion takes its rightful place as one of Portland's horticultural gems. A special schedule of guided garden tours led by Master Gardeners will give insight about the history and evolution of the property, which boasts a collection of 100 roses honoring Georgiana Pittock's famed love of the flower. Large portions of the grounds are devoted to woodland plants and trees, just as naturalist Henry Pittock would have wanted. Informational signage and more than 100 plant markers enrich the experience for plant lovers.



Every nook and cranny of this delightful garden is filled with completely unexpected, whimsical and sometimes slightly naughty artistic statuary and hardscapes. A garden explorer might stumble upon a metal praying mantis the size of a golden retriever nestled in the shade garden below the giant Sequoia or a family of fused-glass beetles peeking out from among a row of carnivorous marsh pitcher plants. You might as well consider this a funky scavenger hunt because, if you blink, you might miss anything from a fluorescent dinosaur stomping around under the prehistoric looking Brazilian giant rhubarb, to a cheeky garden gnome flipping the bird next to the succulent garden.


A Flower Gathering

This vast garden in Raleigh Hills embodies the owner's obsession with flowering plants. The variety of specimens in this true horticulturalist's garden is extensive; when the owner finds a plant he loves, he clusters many different cultivars in island flower beds on an expansive, grassy lot. The shade garden plays host to all sorts of fat and happy hosta plants with their wavy and variegated foliage. Even the drainage ditch is made into a little fertile valley lined with vibrant and dainty sedums and stonecrops. Every season is met with a new bloom so there is always something to look forward to. This garden is a blooming plant enthusiast's fantasy.