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The 13th Annual Designers' Garden Tour  will be held Saturday June 17th from 10am to 4pm on Portland's West side.

Questions? Call the Garden Tour Hotline: 503-683-3003

Tickets won't be mailed until April, however you can buy them now at an Early-Bird special price! If you purchase 2 or more tickets in one transcation, they are only $20 each, regular price is $25 each.

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This Years Featured Gardens 

Andora Gardens – Designer Ann Nickerson

Since 2013, Ann Nickerson has been creating a garden of mystery and delight. It’s a sojourn over land, space, and time from the USA to England and then onto the Mediterranean world, culminating in Italy. The viewer is drawn from one outdoor room to the next by varying garden styles. On this adventure they will delight in a Brighton Beach patio; an intimate English garden; and a short walk through “the continent”, to a place of rest and repose in an Italian Garden. Ann calls this journey Andora Gardens. She invites you to come and partake. Read more here

Terri Debolock Garden – Designer Amy Whitworth

Terri’s garden fits her neighborhood and 1967 home, where gracious lawn spaces reign.  From the kitchen window, birds can be seen in a Cornelian Cherry.  The backyard is a study in hydrology.  Irrigation from uphill joins with lawn drains while a pulsing pump pushes water up to the street. Wetland plantings are established, with thirsty trees reducing incoming water and a perennial border entertaining pollinators.  A shimmering bubbler is visible from the back door with nearby seating in the shade. Terri can now age in place with simplified circulation for easy access throughout the garden and lower maintenance. Read more here

Schmitt Garden – Designer Marcia Westcott Peck

Al and Cathie Schmitt’s garden renaissance began with common problems: poor drainage, a large cedar that needed to go and a rotten deck whose time had come as well. Five years later, their back garden includes a large patio, a water feature and garden art, including a dazzling privacy screen with copper leaves blowing gently in the wind. And their front garden is new as well, with the entire front lawn removed and replaced with ornamental grasses, perennials and succulents as well as a water feature with sitting area and a one-of-a-kind stone wall installed by the homeowners. Designed by Marcia Westcott Peck. Read more here

Peck Garden – Designer Marcia Westcott Peck

When Marcia Westcott Peck and Dennis Peck had their house built 25 years ago, the quarter-acre lot was a blank slate. They removed blackberries, poison oak and construction debris and slowly replaced it with patios, a firepit, water features, paths, a veggie garden, a wide variety of plants, creative uses of metal and art and too many stone mosaics to count. The garden, both in front and in the back, continues to evolve and many of the projects they have undertaken in the last five years have been featured in their Homes & Gardens column in The Oregonian/OregonLive. Read more here

Myers Garden – Designer David West

A newly constructed home on a small lot was transformed into a peaceful Asian-inspired garden retreat.  Custom forged steel artwork built by David West in the form of vertical screens help to detract from the prominent garage wall and the neighbors’ sport court.  Lush plantings weave around the natural bluestone patio in overlapping fashion to give a full and interesting feel to the garden.  Bamboo plantings screen numerous areas from the adjacent properties.  A 3800 lb. granite Buddha creates a focal point in the meditation garden, while custom steel planter vessels and large glazed pots are attractive accents to the deck. Read more here

Mill Pond Garden – Designer David West

A garden that truly has it all, including a large timber-framed outdoor room featuring a custom Rumford fireplace and grilling center, a floating natural bluestone patio leading to the back door, a 1000 sq. ft. deck, and multiple flow patterns and areas of interest for a very active family.  The 110’ vertical rise from front yard to top of the backyard required 380 tons of rockwork and massive stone slab steps. Custom planter vessels, garden boxes, and fire pit were built from 588 A/B steel plates. A 43 night light system allows for quality evening family time in multiple areas of the backyard. Read more here

Gardner’s Repose – Designers Hardiman & LaTourette

California transplants and avid gardeners, Penny Letson and Bruce Gardner knew when they purchased their property that there were embarking on a multiphase project. Converting their steep back garden into a space for plants, people, and pets was the first step.  Graceful gravel walkways, boulder retention, stone stairs, small lawns, curvilinear terraces and a dry creek bed traverse the space inviting exploration. Layered plantings of conifers, deciduous trees, textural grasses, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers are woven into colorful tapestries providing rhythm and year-round interest.  The recently completed front garden showcases their collections of dryland plants, alpines and a shade garden. Read more here




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The 13th Annual Designers' Garden Tour will be held Saturday June 17th from 10am to 4pm on Portland's West side.

Questions? Call the Garden Tour Hotline: 503-683-3003

Pre-order 2 or more tickets now and get them for the Early Bird price - $20 each! Tickets won't be mailed until April, however you can buy them now at an Early-Bird special price! If you purchase 2 or more tickets in one transcation, they are only $20 each, regular price is $25 each.

Pre-order tickets and sign up for our Garden Tour email list on the side bar of this page.


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The 12th Annual Designers' Garden Tour was a success! Thank you to our sponsors and to everyone who purchased tickets, opened their gardens, and volunteered. Stay tuned for info on the 2017 tour.

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Below are links to articles about this years featured gardens:

Barbara Hilty, APLD, designer

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 The Mauch garden is a little sleeper of a garden situated under a 'Heritage Elm'.  The 1912 home, set on a typical 50' x 100' lot in NE Portland, is not a typical yard of lawn and a few shrubs.  It is a garden of modest means, yet careful design. Read more about the Muach garden here

Alyse Lansing, designer
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 Visitors seem to visibly relax when entering the natural, unpretentious NE Portland back yard of Linda Bebernes and Kate Gawf.  The space, designed by Alyse Lansing in 2010, is now a peaceful refuge. Read more about the Bebernes-Gawf garden here.

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 Kristin Ohlson's garden takes sustainability to the next level: supporting life above and below the ground. At the front of this corner lot, two old Camellias and a tree-like Rhododendron form the centerpiece of a woodland garden along the sidewalk. Read more about the Ohlson garden here

Bruce Hegna, designer
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photo by DoreenWynja.com


 The yard of this 1954 ranch home has been transformed from un-inspired and overgrown into a satisfying mix of native, xeriscape and verdant plantings. The homeowner has personalized the design with intriguing sculptural elements and meaningful mementoes. Read more about the King garden here

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 Welcome to the garden of Linda Hannan, garden designer and obsessive plant collector, who has been gardening this small patch of real estate for three decades. Read more about the Hannan garden here

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 When Kathy Langeliers purchased her new abode, a 1924 Sears catalog house, in the Woodstock neighborhood, the yard was the proverbial blank slate. Read more about the Langeliers garden here
Helena Wagner, designer
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 The Wagners' glorious garden is the result of their artful collaboration that combines Helena's design sense and love of gardening with Dan's woodworking skills producing a serene and stunning personal retreat. Read more about the Wagner garden here

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Garden Designed by Sarah Smith, Photo by Doreen Wynjaphoto: © DoreenWynja.com

The sun-filled Haines garden, designed by Sarah Smith of The Gardensmith, features a large vegetable garden, fruit trees, and reclaimed/recycled materials. This garden was designed around the homeowner's desire to age in place and will allow her to continue gardening for many years. Read more about the Haines garden here.
 Garden Design by Rick Hansen, photo by Doreen Wynja Rick Hansen of Pacific Gardens & Waterworks has collaborated with homeowners Bob and Gigi Wood for 25 years on the design and construction of their landscape. Existing native plants were preserved and over the years a pond and stream, a flagstone patio, a hot tub, and lighting have been added. Read more about the Wood garden here.

 Garden design by Phil Thornburg, photo by Doreen Wynjaphoto: © DoreenWynja.com

Phil Thornburg, landscape designer, contractor and owner of Winterbloom, Inc., opens his own garden for the ANLD tour. The Thornburg garden pleases the visitor's eye with surprising moments of both practicality and beauty. Read more about the Thornburg garden here.
 Garden Design & photo by Darcy Daniels The Turner garden, designed by Darcy Daniels of Bloomtown Gardens, is an example of just how much living can be eked out of even the smallest of spaces. Read more about the Turner garden here.
 Garden design by Lori Scott, photo by Doreen Wynja Lori Scott of Lori Scott Landscape Design collaborated with the home owners to design Marta's Meadow  featuring a private swirling-brick patio and native
drought-tolerant plantings in the front yard. And an urban meadow bordered by a
compelling set of living and entertaining spaces in the back. Read more about Marta's Meadow here.

 Garden design by Mary Baum, photo by Doreen Wynja
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Mary Baum of Creative Landscape Designs worked with the resident cats to designing this Northwest Asian-inspired garden in the Forrest Heights neighborhood. Read more about Merlot's garden here.

 Garden design by Paul Taylor, photo by Doreen Wynjaphoto: © DoreenWynja.com

Paul Taylor of Paul Taylor, ONCP Garden Design and Consultation took on the challenge of taming the steep slope of the Taylors family garden and developed outdoor spaces more suitable for adults and teens. Read more about the Taylor garden here.
 Garden Design by Ann Nickerson, photo by Doreen Wynja
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The Armentrouts asked designer Ann Nickerson of Ann Nickerson Landscape Design, Inc. to design a quiet shady, retreat with room for the grandkids to play.  Variegated gold and green shrubs are sprinkled throughout the back garden to give a feeling of dappled shade even on dark rainy days. Read more about the Armentrout garden here.





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Williams garden designed by Darcy DanielsSuzie and Evan Williams southeast Portland garden, designed by Darcy Daniels of Bloomtown Gardens, is  featured on the tour.  The tone of the garden is warm and inviting all year around, with shades of bronze, gold, purple, orange, gray, and green featured in the plant material and the décor. Click here to Read more about what you will find when you tour the Williams garden.






Meihoff GardenDonna Giguere designed the Meihoff garden, a fusion of classic 1905 home craftsmanship and modern ideals, this garden showcases low maintenance plantings, rain gardens, permeable pavers and a new parking space. An artfully designed gate matching the Early Craftsman style home opens to a back yard retreat. An integrated deck, patio and fire pit are frequently used for entertaining guests. The homeowners may relax in hammocks under a mature Magnolia tree while their dog rests on a lawn of dwarf mondo grass.Click here to read more about what you will find when you tour the Meihoff garden.

Best Back YardThe design of the David P. Best garden presented an innovative challenge for ANLD designers Barbara Hilty and Adriana Berry. The bungalow's architecture needed to meld with the owner’s design vision of a contemporary Japanese garden with an industrial edge, and his desire to incorporate a wide selection of specimens to ensure variety and uniqueness throughout the garden. Click here to read more about what you will find when you tour the Best garden.


The Moore Garden StudioPat Moore, a plant geek in zonal denial, needed help transforming his back garden into a vivacious tropical retreat. He contacted ANLD designer Bruce Hegna for help. See the results of Bruce's design astehtic on the tour, with bold bright colors, a series of garden rooms, and an attractive outbuilding that serves as a studio in summer and a greenhouse in winter.  Click here to read more about what you will find when you tour the Moore Garden.

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Homeowners John and Dorcas Gawlista initially sought help from designer Izzy Baptista in creating a more visible and friendly front entrance. "The entire entrance was hidden by a huge Japanese holly along with some other plants and an overgrown camellia. From the street one could see only a prominent driveway and the garage door." The front garden also needed some editing: removing overgrown "thugs" and plants that looked great for a month or so before becoming an eyesore the rest of the year. Together, Izzy, Dorcas, and John (a landscape contractor) set to work.

Stacked stone garden beds, beautiful paver work, and a solid, nicely proportioned pergola helped solve many of the issues: connecting the house to the garden, adding a vertical element to the predominantly horizontal lines of the house, and providing privacy to the large kitchen window. Judicious pruning of existing shrubbery to highlight their form, reshaping the lawn, and adding colorful perennials, grasses, and plants with year round interest also helped create a more welcoming and lush entrance.

Read more about featured artist, Ben Dye, and The Pequeño Paraiso Garden



I was hired to redesign the whole property but the emphasis was on the back yard. The homeowners wanted to make their outdoor space more liveable - the different areas more cohesive with an emphasis on outdoor entertaining. The homeowners had just completed an extensive interior remodel of their kitchen and living area so that is where I gained inspiration for the materials that were going to be used outdoors. I used a color palette for the stone work on the outdoor kitchen and fireplace that was similar to the tile in the kitchen. For the backsplash on the cook island we used fused and frosted glass by the same artist who fabricated the indoor bar.

The deck was a rather unusable space: narrow with only a tight and misplaced stairway to get down to a lower patio area. The lower patio had an old, built-in hot tub that the homeowners never used, and also a portable greenhouse and many types of containers to grow vegetables. Off the deck in the other direction was a gravel area that had served as a dog yard for the previous owner. There was a small lawn area and an overgrown perennial bed. The rest of the property had mature trees that provide shade for the west facing deck.

Read more about featured artist Tim Gabriel and Cedar Mill Garden


Nice home, great location; close to downtown Portland, but a difficult garden: a homeowner's dilemma and a landscape designer's delight. For over a year, Maury and Nancy Plumlee debated the pros and cons of leaving their lovely home or finding someone who was able to create a garden from their steep unappealing yard. They found Lori Scott with great ideas and a team of landscape professionals who could take Lori's ideas and create a masterpiece.

In 2008 Nancy and Maury had many desires for their new landscape: a water feature, a gas fire pit, a flat lawn for dogs, and privacy. They also wanted to be free of the problems: crumbling awkward decks, persistent swampy beds, and a difficult slope. After spending time with Maury and Nancy so she could understand their desires and needs, Lori created a design that addressed these issues beautifully. Then Lori walked them through the process of selecting contractors and installing the design.

Read more about the featured artist Ivan McLean and The Elemental Garden

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2014 Designers

Barbara Hilty, APLD
Barbara Hilty Landscape Design LLC

Adriana Berry, APLD
Plant Passion Design LLC

Marina Wynton
Olivine Land, LLC

Laura Crockett
Garden Diva

Bruce Hegna
Nurture/Nature Landscape Design LLC

Donna Giguere, APLD
Donna Giguere Landscape Design

Darcy Daniels
Bloomtown Gardens

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2016 Tour Sponsors


Custom Yard Construction LLC

PGM Landscape

All Season Plants


Advance Camera, Inc.

Autumn Leaf Landscaping

Cascadian Nurseries

Collier Arbor Care
A Division of Bartlett
Tree Experts

D&J Landscape Contractors

DeSantis Landscapes

J.P. Stone Contractors Inc.

j. Walter Landscape & Irrigation Contractor

Juanes Landscape

Tryon Creek Landscape Inc.

2016 Designers

Helena Wagner
4 Seasons Gardens, LLC

Lucy Hardiman and
Susan LaTourette
Perennial Partners

Linda Hannan
Hannan Garden Design

Bruce Hegna
Landscape Design

Lora Price
Design with Nature

Amy Whitworth
Plan-it-Earth Design

Annie Bamberger
Annie Bam Landscape Solutions

Alyse Lansing
Alyse Lansing Garden Design

Barbara Hilty, APLD
Barbara Hilty Landscape Design

2014 Artists

David Best
Best Services

Mike Suri
Suri Iron

Linda Ernst
Dancing Ladies Garden

Dorothy Steel
Dorothy Steele Pottery

Patrick Gracewood
Gracewood Studio

Zoe Bacon


2013 Designers

ANLD Designers Showcasing Their Work on the 2013 Tour

 Vern Nelson
The Hungry Gardener

Laura Crockett
Garden Diva Designs, LLC

Lori Scott
Lori Scott Landscape Design

John Gawlista & Izzy Baptista
Lapis Lazuli Tile & Garden Design and
Professional Grounds Management (PGM)
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Debbie Brooks
Creative Garden Spaces

Adriana Berry
Plant Passion Design, LLC

Alyse Lansing
Joy Creek Nursery

2013 Artists

Each artist will be using one garden as their temporary gallery, showcasing how art and the landscape mutually enhance one another. Artists will be on hand to answer questions.

Ryan Beard
Victoria Shaw
Jennifer Ellsworth
Ben Dye
Gina Nash
Ivan Mclean
Jeannette Mullane
Chris Schwartz