‘Inviting Vines’ Garden Tour — Saturday May 24, 2014

Posted by clematis on Saturday, April 19, 2014

Inviting Vines Garden Tour

The Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection present Inviting Vines, a tour of five private gardens in Northeast and North Portland and the Rogerson Clematis Botanic Garden at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

List of Gardens (Descriptions Below)

  1. Paul Bonine *
  2. Deborah Meyers
  3. Nancy Goldman
  4. Jim Damis
  5. Mary Leverette *
  6. Rogerson Clematis Botanic Garden at Luscher Farm

Two of the gardens have never before been open to the public (*). The tour allows visitors to see how local gardeners integrate the ‘Queen of Vines’ into their personal versions of paradise: From an urban garden with unusual drought tolerant shrubs from the southern hemisphere to two with mixed media art and sculptures; another designated as a “Gold” Backyard Habitat certification awarded by Portland Audubon Society and the Three Rivers Conservancy with mature clematis and another large garden with over 30 clematis in a more formal yet relaxing setting. The Rogerson Clematis Botanical Garden at Luscher Farm occupies an acre and a half around the circa 1900 farmhouse.

Inviting Vines is a benefit for the internationally acclaimed Rogerson Clematis Collection, a provisional member of the North American Plant Collections Consortium. The Collection grows 730 taxa of clematis represented by over 1,700 plants.

Tickets may be purchased online below or at the following locations: Dennis’ Seven Dees Nursery (Lake Oswego), Digs Inside and Out (N.E. Alberta), Garden Fever Nursery (N.E. 24th), Portland Nursery (SE Stark St), Xera Nursery (S.E. Clay), Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose), Gardener’s Choice (Tigard), and 13th St. Nursery (Salem). Tickets may also be purchased at each garden on the day of the tour.

Unusual clematis will be for sale at Luscher Farm and at the Bonine Garden.

Inviting Vines Garden Tour

Tickets are $20 and available at the locations noted above. Tickets may also be purchased at each garden on the day of the tour.


Tickets purchased online here are only $18 until May 15th. Also, until May 15th, when you purchase four tickets online, you get a fifth ticket free.



What others have said about this annual tour:

“Loved the mix of gardens.”
“I love this [garden]; I do not want to leave.”
“Always one of the best regional garden tours; not to be missed.”

Garden Descriptions

Paul Bonine

The Bonine front garden is a jewel box of fascinating plants, many of which are featured by Xera Plants, in which Paul is a partner. This garden is in some aspects a trial garden for the nursery, so Paul can write firsthand accounts of plant performance. The love of unusual shrubs shines through, especially gems from the southern hemisphere, like the grevillea clan. Conifers are selected for color impact and winter interest. The clematis here are few but well-chosen. Clematis plants will be for sale at the Bonine garden.

Deborah Meyers

Many small garden rooms make up the back garden of this lovely cityscape, like links in a necklace, and each has a little different feel. This is a 20+ year-old garden displaying many rare and unusual plants in a peaceful setting. Planted for year-round interest, the garden also boasts a beautiful “mixed-media” walking path in the front garden. The garden features a monster passionflower on the west side, and other vines situated for maximum impact. Deborah’s “hell-strip” is truly a plants woman’s gift to her neighbors.

Nancy Goldman

Nancyland continues to grow! The front garden is happy with recent changes, including the addition of a twelve-foot gravel circle and a five-foot metal-grid curved fence. The fence is a great place to grow showy vines. The “sick and messy” hell-strip trees have been replaced with Lagerstroemia ‘Catawba’. A feature of the west side of the house is a grand specimen of Clematis montana var. rubens ‘Brewster’ that has been in place for many years. The back garden continues to be filled with art, plants, hidden treasures, and a plethora of containers. Fern fever has continued with additions to the fern grotto and fern tables. Don’t miss the pebble mosaics, designed and installed by Jeff Bale.

Jim Damis

The Damis garden is the largest and most “clematisy” on the 2014 tour. Although the first love here is dahlias, over 30 more clematis were added to the garden in the spring of 2013. There is a calm, Japanese-influenced shade garden on the east side, beyond a pair of maturing variegated dogwoods, and most small trees and the vast hedges are decorated with clematis. Outside the garden, on the corner of NE Maltby and 36th, there is a small seating area on the sidewalk, where neighbors can rest a spell, and admire Clematis ‘Burma Star’ growing in a large container.

Mary Leverette

An Intertwine: Beautiful Vines and “Backyard Habitat” Thirty or so clematis twine through a small garden that has a “Gold” Backyard Habitat certification awarded by Portland Audubon Society and the Three Rivers Conservancy. This is not a carefully groomed garden, but an attempt to make a haven for birds, insects and other creatures; the clematis provide nest areas and hiding places and complete the beauty and privacy the owners seek within a bustling city. The treasured clematis collection has grown over the years, as has the garden, based on a philosophy that ‘there’s always room for one more lovely plant!’ A “master” plant list will be available for viewing, as well as the list of the 24 bird species the owners have seen in the garden. This is a lively place!

Regrettably, the garden is not convenient for those with disabilities. The paths are narrow and laid out with natural-stone pavers, many of which are uneven. But, come and share your passions and enjoy a glimpse of a garden that has been described as “lovely, but unconventional” (by a Backyard Habitat certification reviewer in 2011).

Rogerson Clematis Botanic Garden

At Luscher Farm the Gardens include the Heirloom Garden with pre-WWI clematis, roses and cottage garden plants; the Beech Tree’s Garden with Japanese clematis species and cultivars in a bird-friendly setting with native plants and allies; the Front Bank featuring many North American native clematis; the Baltic Border with clematis hybrids from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia; three beds of Polish Clematis bred by Noll and Franczak; clematis from the International Clematis Society’s “Clematis for Beginners” list; the In-Steppe Garden features clematis native to the steppe regions of eastern Europe and central Asia, and their hybrids; west of the greenhouse re-blooming C. alpina and C. macropetala hybrids climb a 65′-long Viburnum tinus hedge; and the Founder’s Garden located around the sundial, contains Brewster Rogerson’s 40+ favorite clematis species and cultivars.

Unusual clematis will be for sale at this garden.

National Public Gardens Day

Posted by clematis on Saturday, April 19, 2014

Visit the Rogerson Clematis Collection Botanical Garden at Luscher Farm on Friday May 9 between 10:00 and 2:00 to celebrate National Public Gardens Day. This annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens helps raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.

National Public Gardens Day is presented by the American Public Gardens Association to recognize the environmental stewardship of North America’s public gardens and their local, regional and national leadership in responding to the nation’s conservation and environmental education needs.

Join us at Luscher Farm for guided tours, plant sales and information sharing.

Events Schedule for 2014

Posted by clematis on Saturday, January 18, 2014

Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection Events Schedule for 2014

A schedule of events is like a garden; it needs to be walked through often.

April 12 & 13, 10 am – 3 pm: Hortlandia HPSO Spring Plant & Garden Art Sale
Held at the Expo Center on Marine Drive.
FRCC will be selling clematis and answering questions. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about clematis as well as expand your knowledge as a gardener.
Volunteers are eligible to participate in HPSO’s early shopping opportunity.
Contact: Susan Toler: 503-642-5528 or sst0916@hotmail.com (preferred)

May 3 & 4 Sat. 9 am – 4 pm and Sun. 9 am – 3 pm: Spring Garden Fair (Clackamas County Master Gardeners)
Held at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, OR
FRCC will be selling clematis, of course, but there are lots of other vendors there with items not found anywhere else! You’ll see everything for sale from vegetable starts to flamboyant garden art, plus there will be workshops on site throughout the event.
Volunteers opportunty
Contact: Susan Toler: 503-642-5528 or sst0916@hotmail.com (preferred)

May 9, 10 am – 2 pm: FRCC Celebrates National Public Garden Day
(Sponsored by the American Public Garden Association ) Join us at Luscher Farm for guided tours, plant sales and information sharing.

May 10, 9 am – 5 pm: Garden Expo, Spokane WA
Spokane Community College, 1810 N Greene St.
The Inland Empire Gardeners (TIEG) have a fantastic annual plant and garden art sale and this year will be better than ever because FRCC will be there! 15th Annual Spokane Garden Expo’s theme is “Gardening Inspiration–Let it Grow!” FRCC will have plants for sale suitable for the Spokane and central Washington climate zones.
Contact: Linda Beutler: 971-777-4394 or lindab@oregonclematis.com (preferred)

May 18, 9 am - 5 pm: Clematis Celebration at Joy Creek Nursery
Join FRCC and Joy Creek Nursery in the revival of one of our favorite clematis events. A fabulous display of clematis blossoms will be on hand for your amazement, provided by the nursery, the Rogerson Clematis Collection, and members of FRCC. Cookies and lemonade provided by Joy Creek, as well as their usual varied array of clematis for sale (for this event, Joy Creek will donate a percentage of clematis sales to FRCC and give FRCC members a 20% discount on any Joy Creek clematis purchase). At 1:00 pm Joy Creek’s Maurice Horn and FRCC’s Linda Beutler will take a look at what’s best of the newest clematis introductions from around the world.
Questions? Contact: Linda Beutler: 971-777-4394 or Joy Creek Nursery, 503-543-7474

May 24, 10 am – 4 pm: Inviting Vines Open Gardens
This year FRCC’s highly anticipated tour of private gardens features five outstanding gardens in Northeast Portland. Tickets will be available from selected local garden centers (after May 1), or online at this site, after April 15. The collection will also be open for guided tours and plant sales. Clematis will be for sale at one of the private gardens on the tour. All proceeds benefit garden development at the Rogerson Clematis Botanic Garden at Luscher Farm.
Volunteer opportunity
Contact: Susan Toler: 503-642-5528 or sst0916@hotmail.com (preferred)


Every Friday from 9:30 - 1:30. Work on the collection at Luscher Farm, both in the garden and in the greenhouse. It’s a great way to learn from the experts.
Contact: Donna Soderberg: 971-777-4394 or djwwjd7610@aol.com

Every fourth (4th) Saturday from 10:00 – 1:30 Beginning March 29. This is the first year we will officially be open for work parties on Saturday. Work on the collection at Luscher Farm, both in the garden and in the greenhouse. It’s a great way to learn about the Queen of the Vines; Clematis. Bring your clippers & gardening gloves. Wear gardening clothes and bring a snack (although we will have tea and cookies for break time which we call, “elevenses”).
Contact: Donna Soderberg: 971-777-4394 or djwwjd7610@aol.com
Docent Day is every fourth (4th) Wednesday 10:00 – 1:30 Beginning March 26. Learn how to lead visitors through our Botanical Gardens & greenhouse at the Rogerson Clematis Collection.
Contact: Susan Toler 971-777-4394 or sst0916@hotmail.com

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