Leach Botanical Garden
Lilla Irvin Leach graduated from U of O in 1908, then taught science classes and became an accomplished botanist. In 1931 she and her husband John Leach, a pharmacist, purchased the 4.5 acre property. They devoted their land to their fascination with plants and willed the home and property to the City of Portland as a botanical park and museum. The Leach Botanical Garden contains several discrete collections with a focus on the flora of Oregon and plants collected and discovered by Lilla.
Zenger Farm is a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all. Zenger Farm's experiential and science based programs teach youth and adults about the importance of food, farming, wetland conservation and environmental stewardship in fostering healthy urban communities. Photos are from September 11, 2011.
the rex house
The Portland Branch toured the R.E.X. House - Reuse Everything eXperiment (2030 SE Rex St.) which was built without a dumpster and using every piece of the demolished 1920 house on the same site.