“beautiful collection of flora and fauna”
Berry Botanic Garden was a botanical garden in southwest Portland, Oregon, in the United States. In addition to large collections of alpine plants, rhododendrons, primulas, lilies, it was known for its plant-conservation program and its large seed bank that protects rare or endangered plants of the Pacific Northwest. The seed bank, formally established in 1983, was thought to be the first in the U.S. that was devoted entirely to preserving rare native plants.The garden, created in the 1930s by Portland resident Rae Selling Berry, was bought after her death in 1976 by The Friends of Berry Botanic Garden, a nonprofit corporation. Managed by a Board of Directors, the Berry estate had an area of 6.5acre, and contained the largest public rock garden on the West Coast.In January 2010, The Berry Botanic Garden Board of Directors announced plans to sell the property and close the garden because of funding problems. The property was sold in February 2011, and in November 2011 the BBG conservation program and seed bank, now known as the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank & Plant Conservation Program, completed the transfer to the Environmental Science and Management Program at Portland State University.
Plants from around the world mingle with those of the Pacific Northwest. Stroll the native plant trail and learn about gardening for wildlife. The largest public rock garden on the West coast is a beautiful place to view flowers of the mountains. See uncommon trees, primulas, rhododendrons and more.
The Garden is open by reservation. Admission is $5.00 for non-members. Members and children under 12 free To make a reservation or get directions, call 503-636-4112
We have the oldest seed bank in the United States for preserving rare and endangered plants.
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