Tour five private gardens and The Rogerson Clematis Collection

Linda Beutler of the Friends of Rogerson Clematis Collection has put in many hours preparing for the tour.

The Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection will hold its seventh annual garden tour May 24. This year’s tour includes five private gardens in Northeast and North Portland plus the Rogerson Clematis Collection at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego.

“Two of the gardens have never before been open to the public,” event publicity chair Phyllis McCanna said. “The tour allows visitors to see how local gardeners integrate the ‘Queen of the 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 Collection Botanical Garden at Luscher Farm occupies an acre and a half around the circa 1900 farmhouse.

by: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - View clematis at five private gardens and The Rogerson Clematis Collection at Luscher Farm May 24.

The garden includes the Heirloom Garden with pre-World War I 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 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 natives to the steppe regions of eastern Europe and central Asia and their hybrids; west of the greenhouse reblooming C. alpine and C. macropetala hybrids climb a 65-foot long Viburnum tinus hedge and the Founder’s Garden, located around the sundial, contains Brewster Rogerson’s 40-plus favorite clematis species and cultivars.

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 700 taxa of clematis represented by more than 1,500 plants.

Tickets are $18 if purchased before May 15 and $20 afterward. They can be purchased online at or at Dennis’ Seven Dees Nursery, 1060 McVey Blvd., Lake Oswego. Other locations where tickets are available are Digs Inside and Out on Northeast Alberta in Portland, Garden Fever Nursery on Northeast 24th in Portland; Portland Nursery on Southeast Stark in Portland; Xera Nursery on Southeast Clay in Portland; Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose; Gardener’s Choice in Tigard and 13th Street Nursery in Salem. Tickets may also be purchased at each garden the day of the tour. A free ticket is given when four tickets are bought online at

Clematis will be for sale during the tour at Luscher Farm and  Xera Garden.

Clematis will be for sale at Luscher Farm and at Xera Garden.

The mission of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection is to preserve and foster the collection in a permanent home, observing its longtime objectives of assembling and maintaining as comprehensive a collection of the genus Clematis as possible, for the advancement of botanical and horticultural research and the education and pleasure of all who visit it.

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