2013 ‘Inviting Vines VI’ Garden Tour

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection present ‘INVITING VINES VI’, a tour of five private gardens in Southwest Portland and the Rogerson Clematis Collection garden at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego on

Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

See how local Southwest Portland gardeners integrate the ‘Queen of Vines’ into their personal versions of paradise: from a suburban garden where dwarf conifers and other textural plants vie for attention with structures built from repurposed materials to two urban gardens in the John’s Landing neighborhood.


Ann Murphy, Marketing Director for the Oregon Association on Nurseries, opens her verdant and lush garden for the first time. Gravel walkways meander through this woodland under-story garden thriving beneath a canopy of firs and sequoias. Sunny spaces are devoted to raising food. A 1,500 gallon cistern resides under a deck capturing rainwater that is recycled in the dry season. Garden designer Susan Latourette’s garden features a raised summer house, circular fire pit and plants chosen for their textural attributes. In his 15 years spent transforming an over-sized city lot Rick Meigs has created an intimate sanctuary that celebrates and contrasts the forms, textures and shapes of the plants, each selected for what they contribute to the overall scene. In a garden designed to showcase diverse habitats, botanist Peter Goldblatt emphasizes small shrubs, bulbs, alpines and trailing plants among others. A beautiful hand built waterfall and pond transition from the sunny front garden to the back garden where plants that appreciate morning sun thrive. Across the street garden designer Anne Marsh and husband, Gary Fear, have constructed a garden around their house which dates from 1895. The double lot features a rock garden, ornamental trees and shrubs, a cottage garden and vegetable area. A stream and pond garden behind the house have a Japanese flair.

The Rogerson Clematis Collection Display Garden at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego occupies a two-acre parcel surrounding a circa 1900 farmhouse. Garden areas include the Heirloom garden showcasing pre-World War I clematis, roses and cottage garden plants. The Beech Tree’s garden is home to Japanese clematis species and cultivars in a bird-friendly setting. The Front Bank features many North American native clematis while clematis from Eastern Europe inhabit the Balkan Garden. Easy to grow clematis thrive in the Beginner’s Garden and 40 favorites inhabit the Founder’s Garden. Clematis will be for sale in the greenhouse.


Tickets may be purchased on-line at http://www.rogersonclematiscollection.org/ or at Dennis’ Seven Dees Nursery (Lake Oswego), Garden Fever Nursery (NE Portland), Portland Nursery (SE Stark St), Gardener’s Choice (Tigard), Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose) and 13th St Nursery (Salem).

Luscher Farm
125 Rosemont Road
West Linn, OR 97068