Inviting Vines



2016 Inviting Vines Garden Party and Tour

May 28, 2016,  10:00 am - 4 pm

We are continuing last year’s popular format for Inviting Vines with a light lunch, wine, refreshments, lectures and plant sales. We are showcasing two private gardens as well as the public Rogerson Clematis Garden and greenhouse at Luscher Farm off Stafford Road in West Linn.  Access to the gardens, a light lunch, refreshments and lectures are all included in the $20/person ticket price.  You may buy tickets at all three gardens on the day of the event and at many Portland area nurseries including Garden Fever, 7 Dees, Portland Nursery on Stark and on Division, Al's Garden Centers in Sherwood and Woodburn, Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose, 13th St. Nursery in Salem OR, and Garden Gallery in Hubbard, OR.  

There are details about each garden below. With your tickets, you'll receive complete and detailed driving directions and garden descriptions. Feel free to start your day’s adventure at any of the three gardens at 10:00 a.m..

Garden Details

Ainsworth House - Please Note this Garden will close at 2:00 p.m.


This year our lectures and lunch will be hosted at the historic Ainsworth House in Oregon City. The house was built in 1851 on 18 acres as an example of Greek Revival architecture. Over the years most of the property was developed with the old home remaining. In 2005, the current owners purchased the house and property that had been left untended for years.

Apart from the larger trees virtually everything you will see was planted since March 2005. The two-acre gardens of Ainsworth House are in bloom for as much of the spring, summer, and autumn seasons as possible. There are four distinct garden areas, a lovely patio, a Cottage and a Reception Hall all with seating to pause and enjoy your surroundings or stop and listen to one of the three lectures we have planned. There are interesting structures acting as supports for clematis as our ebullient host has truly become “addicted” to clematis. Throughout the Ainsworth Garden are objects of garden art of every type, tucked in to distract from an out-of-bloom plant, and others permanently placed to draw the eye from a distance. 

Tuttle Garden

The private garden of Charlene and Bill Tuttle is located south of Lake Oswego in the city of Rivergrove. It contains 1.76 acres stretching from Childs Rd to the Tualatin River.  For over 30 years the Tuttles have gardened on their property without hesitation to experiment with plant combinations, propagation and design features.  The main focus around the house are clematis, integrated with hardy fuchsias, hydrangeas, peonies, roses, hellebores and poppies….and dozens of Japanese maples. The structure of the garden beds is enhanced by the use of evergreen trees, shrubs and bright red Chinese metal structures.  The back “yard” also contains a large collection of about 40 fruit trees (mostly semi-dwarf) including apples, pears, Asian pears and plums, Our hosts have a large vegetable garden and grow grapes as well as varieties of ever bearing raspberries.  The Tuttles have designed and built many functional and clever structures to provide vertical surfaces for clematis and other plants that require support. There are various arches and 6 by 6 wire on 4x4 posts throughout the garden. Water, lemonade and cookies will be provided for our guests on the back patio through 4:00 p.m..

Rogerson Clematis Garden


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. 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.

Activity Schedule - All Gardens Open at 10:00 a.m.

Food and drink: Included with your ticket coffee and tea will be served throughout the day at Ainsworth House in Oregon City and a light lunch with wine will be served from 11:00-1:00. This garden will close at 2:00 p.m.  You will find sweets, fruit juice and water at the Tuttle Garden throughout the day until 4:00 p.m..

The History of the Ainsworth House and Garden presentation: At 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. please join Bud Bowen, co-owner of The Ainsworth House in the Reception Hall for a slide show and history of the property and garden.   

FRCC Curator presentation: At 12:00 p.m. join Linda Beutler, our Curator and the President of the International Clematis Society when she will present “Tips on Using Clematis as Cut Flowers” on the stage under the Ponderosa Pine. 

Plant sales: We will have a nice selection of clematis plants for sale at the Ainsworth House and the Rogerson Garden at Luscher Farm.  

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $20/person and include access to the gardens (including detailed driving directions and garden descriptions), refreshments and lectures. Online ordering is now closed, but tickets will be available at any of the gardens on the day of the event and at the following local garden nurseries through the event: Garden Fever, 7 Dees, Portland Nursery on Stark St. and on Division, Al's Garden Centers in Sherwood and Woodburn, Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose, 13th St. Nursery in Salem OR, and Garden Gallery in Hubbard, OR.  Come join us for memorable day. See you there!

·         The Ainsworth House, 19130 Lot Whitcomb Drive, Oregon City, OR, 97045

·         Rogerson Clematis Garden, 125 Rosemont Rd, West Linn, OR 97068.

·         Tuttle Garden, 5710 SW Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR, 97035

Join us for a wonderful day in the gardens!