Inviting Vines



2017 Inviting Vines Garden Tour

and Special Breakfast* with Mike Darcy

Saturday May 27

*SOLD OUT Breakfast event starts at 8:30 am SOLD OUT

Private gardens open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

"In the Garden" with Mike Darcy

"In the Garden" with Mike Darcy

Please join us for our Annual Inviting Vines Garden Tour with an additional event to celebrate our tenth anniversary. This year’s tour showcases the Rogerson Clematis Garden and four varying and lovely gardens that were on the garden tours over the last ten years.

We’ve added a very special event to our garden tour this year: “Breakfast with Mike Darcy at the Garden” that starts at 8:30. (Sorry, this event is sold out.) Enjoy a continental breakfast in the milking parlor of the barn at Luscher Farm with friends, while Mike shares his history with Brewster Rogerson, his involvement with the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, the move of the clematis to Luscher Farm, and the development of the Garden over the last ten years. There will be lots of friends to visit and gift baskets for fundraising. Seating for this event is sold out. Carpooling is suggested and appreciated.

Feel free to start your day’s adventure at any of the gardens.  See you there!

Purchase Tickets

Tour tickets are $25 and available at the select local nurseries listed below, and on the day of the tour at 10:00 a.m. at the Rogerson Clematis Garden, 125 Rosemont Rd., West Linn, OR 97068.  

Tour tickets are now available at area nurseries including: 7 Dees (all Portland stores),  Al's in Wilsonville, digs in & out, Gardeners Choice, Garden Fever, Garden Gallery (in Hubbard), Joy Creek (Scapoose), Portland Nursery, Xera and 13th St Nursery in Salem. digs in & out is offering a 10% discount on all their non-sale merchandise when you show your tour ticket at their store on the day of the tour. 

Garden Details

Deborah Meyers Garden


A peaceful walking path in Deborah's garden

A peaceful walking path in Deborah's garden

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 passion flower 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


Eclectic garden arts at Nancyland

Eclectic garden arts at Nancyland

Clematis and More! As the July, 2016 issue of Garden Illustrated reported, Nancy's is a suburban garden that incorporates displays of found objects and if you take look you will find an "exuberant garden to be a skillfully worked mingling of plants and ephemera". That's exactly the perfect description of Nancy as an open garden hostess!  The front garden is happy with recent changes. The "sick and messy" hell-strip trees have been replaced with Lagerstroemia 'Catawba'. The front, a bit calmer than the back, includes a twelve-foot gravel circle and a five-foot metal-grid curved fence. The fence is a great place to grow showy vines. There are numerous clematis in the front garden along with many interesting shrubs and plants. 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 is cooler and greener and that’s where the fun begins – it’s filled with interesting garden arts, 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. The garden as quoted in the July 2016 issue of Gardens Illustrated Nancy described herself as "knee deep in gardening, maybe waist deep by now".  How can you help but enjoy yourself with such a host?

Jim Damis Garden

The Damis garden is the largest and most “clematisy” on the 2017 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. 

Mike Snyder Garden

Clematis 'Dawn' showcasing itself in Mike Snyder's Garden

Clematis 'Dawn' showcasing itself in Mike Snyder's Garden

Mike Snyder has lived in his house since shortly after he turned five years old.  His parents gardened as a form of relaxation, and grew mostly fruits and vegetables for fresh eating and canning. The garden was begun in its current form in 1993, with a goal of having an ornamental garden that looked as if it might have been created in the 1920's and 1930's. To achieve that look, much reliance was placed on climbing and shrub roses, clematis, lilacs, perennials, and traditional annuals such as sweet peas, although there is no shortage of newer "cool" things. The look is one of a very lushly planted garden. To give a feeling of being enclosed by the garden there are sixteen arches and several trellises, most supporting multiple roses and clematis.  Benches give you places where you can rest and take time to smell the roses as well as hear the music and the splash of the fountain. Be assured, Mike is a fabulous host and always ready for a witty conversation as deep as you would like to make it! Knowledgeable volunteers will be at Mike's garden to answer all of your questions and help you select the plant perfect for your location.  

Clematis plants will be for sale at Mike Snyder's Garden.

Rogerson Clematis Garden


The Rogerson Clematis Collection Botanical Gardens at Luscher Farm occupies an acre and a half around the circa 1900 farmhouse. Most paths are ADA-accessible compacted gravel.

Over the past ten years, we have transformed the Luscher farm's orchard, garden and meadow into a horticultural showplace and botanical research site. Our Garden contains the most comprehensive collection of clematis within a public garden in North America. The Collection contains unique and exceptionally rare plants, as well as historic clematis and the newest hybrids. 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 Gravel Garden with plants that do well in hotter, drier conditions 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. macropetalahybrids 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. There is also the test garden for your observation. The most recent addition is the Modern Garden planted in Fall of 2015 with over three hundred plants introduced since WWII.

The garden is designed for you to stroll at your leisure and learn interesting ways to integrate clematis into your own landscape. Docents will be available to answer questions at the Rogerson Garden and greenhouse. NO dogs are allowed. Port-a-potties are available. You are welcome to take pictures.

There will be unusual clematis plants and merchandise for sale in the FRCC greenhouse. Guided tours with docents throughout the day.


Activity Schedule

Breakfast with Mick Darcy in the milking parlor of the barn at Luscher Farm: 8:30 am – 10:00  am Sold Out

All Gardens open for Tour:  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Food and Drink:  Each garden will have hosts available to answer questions and light refreshments available throughout the day.  

Plant Sales: We will have a nice selection of clematis plants for sale at the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm and at Mike Snyder's Garden in Beaverton.


Join us for a wonderful day in the gardens!