Leach Botanical Garden

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Leach Botanical Garden
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Coniferous Woods section of Leach Botanical Garden
Type Botanical garden
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 45°28′27″N 122°32′03″W / 45.474069°N 122.534061°W / 45.474069; -122.534061Coordinates: 45°28′27″N 122°32′03″W / 45.474069°N 122.534061°W / 45.474069; -122.534061
Area 15-acre (6.1 ha)
Opened 1931
Website leachgarden.org

Leach Botanical Garden is a 16-acre (6.5 ha) botanical garden located in outer southeast Portland, Oregon.[1] It was acquired by the Portland Park Bureau in 1971.

The garden was established in 1931 as landscaping for the private home of botanist Lilla Leach[2] and pharmacist John Leach, and subsequently donated to the city. The garden was originally named Sleepy Hollow.

Lilla Leach was the first recipient of the Eloise Payne Luquer Medal, awarded by the Garden Club of America in 1950, for distinguished achievement in botany. From 1945 until 1948, she was director of Save the Myrtle Wood, Inc.[3]

The garden currently features a diverse collection of over 2,000 hybrids, cultivars, native and non-native plants, including alpines, medicinal herbs, rock garden plants, camellias, and 40 genera and over 125 species of ferns. Many are labeled. The property is divided by Johnson Creek[1] and most of the land is on an incline. A self-guided tour winds along trails with views of firs, ferns, and wildflowers. The garden's director is David Porter.[1]

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