2018 Inviting Vines Garden Tour
Saturday May 26th, 2018
Private gardens open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Extra Events: Breakfast with Lucy Hardiman & Afternoon Tea with Linda Beutler
Breakfast at 9:00 to 10:30 am with Lucy Hardiman
Tea at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm with Linda Beutler
Please join us for our Inviting Vines Garden Tour with events to celebrate our eleventh annual tour. In addition to the Rogerson Clematis Garden there will be four private gardens for you to visit.
We’ve added two very special events to our garden tour this year. For special event ticket holders the day begins with “Breakfast with Lucy Hardiman” at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy a light breakfast in the milking parlor of the barn at Luscher Farm, while Lucy shares the historical research and plant selection for the Heirloom Garden and beyond with her presention "Breaking Ground: The Rogerson Clematis Garden from Research to Reality”. After her talk, follow Lucy for an exclusive tour of the Heirloom Garden with its original plant list in hand.
New this year, in the afternoon special event ticket holders may also join the Collection's curator Linda Beutler, for tea and her presentation: “Clematis Unbound: Planting the Heirloom Garden's Clematis” followed by a private tour of the Heirloom Garden with Linda. Both will continue where Mike Darcy left us last year with the City of Lake Oswego’s agreement to house Brewster’s collection. Our special ticket holders will move through the design of the Heirloom Garden and the selection of companion and heirloom plants around the farmhouse. This will be a great opportunity to share the garden with friends, and maybe take an heirloom clematis home with you by purchasing raffle tickets to win our garden baskets.
Feel free to begin your day’s adventure at any of the gardens or start your day with our special Breakfast event. Tour-only tickets will be available at all of the gardens the day of the event if last-minute friends want to join you. See you there!
All-inclusive special event tickets are $50 and only available online here. Tour-only tickets are $25 and will be available at the following:
- select local nurseries starting on April 21 (7 Dees in Lake Oswego and Cedar Mills, Gardeners Choice, Garden Fever, Xera Plants Nursery, Al’s in Sherwood and Wilsonville, and Kordells in West Linn)
- here on our website
- or at the Rogerson Clematis Garden, 125 Rosemont Rd., West Linn, OR 97068 prior to and on the day of the tour.
This Year's Gardens
The Burke Garden
Three of this year's gardens are close together in Lake Oswego's historic and charming First Addition neighborhood. Of those three, the Burke Garden is the youngest. This small formal garden was designed by Kip Nordstrom, whose garden is two doors down and across the street (and open for us, too!). The entry features box-edged rose parterres, and the garden wraps around the north side of the house, ending at a vinery of climbing hydrangea. The clematis in this garden are few, but situated for maximum impact.
The House Garden
This is the only West Linn garden on the tour this year, and the largest. At just seven minutes from Luscher Farm, you'll find it well worth the visit. When the Houses purchased the garden, the living and built structure (hedges, shrubs, a long allée, and a ton of rhododendrons) was already in place. But Margo is an avid plantswoman, and husband Bill loves projects, so the regimented rhodies have been replaced by a scintillating selection of other plants and vines. There may be a new gazebo, too! Clematis in this garden occupy the long sturdy arbor and anchor focal points where paths unite.
The Nordstrom Garden
The Nordstroms purchased this First Addition House in 1987 and quickly added the "carriage house" to accommodate automotive projects and a second story office and art studio. Spanning three city lots, the garden has flowery lawn play areas, a choice woodland, and a homey and hard-working vegetable garden. The entire garden is punctuated by handsome, mossy cement stanchions rescued from the days when the area included a vineyard. This garden even boasts clematis purchased from Brewster Rogerson when he was a vendor at the Hardy Plant Society's spring plant sale.
The Stanton-Chek Garden
Garden owner Nancy Stanton-Chek is the garden manager of the Rogerson Clematis Garden, and this is truly a clematis lover's garden. It is located due north of the Nordstrom Garden, right next door! The small front perennial garden is giving over to easy-care flowering shrubs, but the clematis still have pride of place. The back garden is a wonderland of rose and clematis combinations, with a surrounding fence fully clothed in clematis. Nancy also has an impressive array of clematis in containers.
Rogerson Clematis Garden
The Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm occupies an acre and a half around the vintage 1900 farmhouse. Most paths are ADA-accessible compacted gravel. The Garden is the home to the Rogerson Clematis Collection, the most comprehensive 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 plant collection pf any kind in Oregon.
Over the past ten years, we have transformed the Luscher farm's orchard, farmhouse garden and east meadow into a horticultural showplace and botanical research site. 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 hosts Japanese clematis species and cultivars in a bird-friendly setting with native plants and allies; the Front Bank contains clematis and companion 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 heirloom Polish Clematis bred by Noll and Franczak; clematis from the International Clematis Society's "Clematis for Beginners" list; the Steppe Garden features clematis native to the steppe regions of eastern Europe and central Asia and their hybrids; west of the greenhouse terrace re-blooming C. alpina and C. macropetala hybrids climb a 65'-long Viburnum tinus hedge; and the Founder's Garden located around the sundial, contains Brewster Rogerson's 40+ favorite clematis. There is also the Test Garden for your observation. The most recent addition is the Modern Garden first planted in Fall of 2015 with over four hundred clematis 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 inside the greenhouse, and in the gardens, leashes please. Port-a-potties are available behind the barn. You are welcome to take pictures.
There will be unusual clematis plants and merchandise for sale outside the FRCC greenhouse and in the bunkhouse classroom. Guided tours with docents throughout the day.
Breakfast with Lucy in the milking parlor of the barn at Luscher Farm: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Tea and presentation with Linda Beutler at 2:00 pm in the milking parlor of the barn. Followed by ticket-holders tour with Linda of the Heirloom Garden.
Private Gardens Open for Tour and Plant Sales at the Clematis Garden: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Each garden will have hosts available to answer questions.
Food and Drink: Light refreshments available throughout the day at the Rogerson Garden.
Plant Sales: We will have a nice selection of clematis plants for sale at the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm.
Special thanks to our major sponsors: Bartlett Tree Experts, Lake Oswego Review, Lake Grove Printing and Portland Nursery. Other sponsors are: Garden Fever, Al's Garden Centers, 7 Dees, Terra Casa, Garden Gallery, Gardener's Choice, Kordell's Korner, and Xera Plants.