2019 Inviting Vines Garden Tour
Breakfast with Maurice Horn
Afternoon Tea with Judy Alleruzzo and Bill McClenathan
Saturday May 25th, 2019
Breakfast at 9:00 am, Tea at 2:00 pm.
Private town and country gardens open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please join us for our annual Inviting Vines Garden Tour with events to celebrate our twelfth year of fabulous gardens featuring clematis. In addition to the Rogerson Clematis Garden there will be four private gardens for you to visit.
In addition to the open gardens, special event guests will enjoy either a continental breakfast in the milking parlor of the barn at Luscher Farm while Maurice Horn, owner of Joy Creek Nursery (author, speaker, and founding member of Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection), shares his history with Brewster Rogerson and his role in connecting the clematis collection to the brilliant work of Japanese hybridizers. Or, enjoy the tour and the afternoon tea featuring Judy Alleruzzo and Bill McClenathan of Garden Time TV for an improvisational conversation about their gardening experiences…both good and bad…with clematis in their gardens. If you have time, you may opt for both breakfast with Maurice and tea with Judy and William. There will be lots of clematis to purchase at the Rogerson Clematis Garden and a garden-themed gift basket silent auction benefiting the Garden. Feel free to start your day’s adventure at any of the gardens at 11:00 am if you can’t join us for the special event breakfast. See you there!
Tickets for the tour only are $25 and available through the day of the event at the select local nurseries listed below, at the Garden at Luscher Farm on the day of the event, or online now (see below).
Nurseries selling tickets for the garden tour only (without the breakfast or tea) are Dennis’ Seven Dees Nursery (Lake Oswego, Cedar Hills), Garden Fever Nursery (N.E. 24th), Gardener’s Choice (Tigard), and Al’s Garden Center (Sherwood, Wilsonville, and Woodburn).
Tickets for the breakfast and tour are $50, tickets for the tea and tour are $50, and all-inclusive, all-day tickets including breakfast, tea, and tour are $75, and are only available below.
Additional tickets may also be purchased at all of the private gardens on the day of the event. Plants will be for sale at the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm at 125 S. Rosemont Rd, West Linn, 97068 (not a mailing address)
Ticket(s) for Tour Only - $25:
Ticket(s) for Tour and Breakfast Only - $50:
Ticket(s) for Tour and Tea Only - $50:
Ticket(s) for Tour, Breakfast and Tea - $75:
There will be four private gardens on the tour, in addition to the Rogerson Clematis Garden.
The Giampa Garden
This year, the Giampa’s is the only tour garden is the only tour garden in Lake Oswego's historic and charming First Addition neighborhood with homes situated snugly. This new garden is designed for daily living and entertaining by an active family including a teenager and lots of friends.
The Frankel Garden
The Frankel garden is often the site of many events for the Lake Oswego art community where you will see magnificent sculptures placed for best appreciation and display throughout the garden. Ed and Joannmoved into their home on almost one acre in 2006 with their home and art situated for impact throughout the garden. Ed, the homeowner and gardener has rescued, resuscitated and transformed this site once covered with invasive blackberries and ivy into this lush respite as a labor of love.
The Wedeking Garden
The gardener here, Dayle Wedeking, serves on the board of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection and is our high-energy volunteer coordinator. This is truly a clematis lover's garden. The hardscape and plantings were placed in 2013 during a major garden enhancement. Flowering trees, deciduous and evergreen shrubs, conifers, perennials, grasses and clematis are combined reflecting seasonal transitions while providing visual interest year around. While walking the garden there is a surprise around ever corner with combinations of foliage, flower, bark and berry woven into a tapestry that evokes a range of response from calm and soothing to exhilarating and stimulating.
The Cassidy Garden
This is the only private Wilsonville garden on the tour, and the largest. At just eight minutes from Luscher Farm, you'll find it well worth the visit. Sue moved to this wonderful property of 3 acres about twenty years ago and the first thing she did was remodeling the house with the main goal of featuring the beautiful view of the valley below. A sizable deck all along the front of the house and several patios are now where she and guests relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty! The view from the back of the home includes a blueberry farm and a putting green while the acreage below them is a holly farm.
Rogerson Clematis Garden
The Rogerson Clematis Collection Botanical Garden at Luscher Farm occupies an acre and a half around the circa 1900 farmhouse. Most paths are ADA-accessible compacted gravel. The Garden is the home to the Rogerson Clematis Collection the largest and most complete assemblage of clematis in a public garden. Also, the Collection is the only clematis Collection fully accredited by the American Public Garden Association and the only fully accredited collection in Oregon.
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.
Breakfast with Maurice in the milking parlor of the barn at Luscher Farm: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Tea and presentation with Judy Alleruzzo and Bill McClenathan of Garden Time TV at 2:00 pm in the milking parlor of the barn.
Private Gardens open for Tour: 11:00 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 from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.