Portland Parks Foundation (PPF) has created the region’s first free guide to the Portland region’s public gardens. Nearly all of the 17 publicly accessible parks can be visited in one free, phone-friendly web guide, The Passport to the City of Gardens.

The guide includes local destinations like the Hoyt Arboretum and Portland Japanese Garden as well as south valley gems like Salem’s Lord & Shriver Conservancy.

Perhaps a surprise inclusion is McMenamins Edgefield whose grounds have curated gardens of hardy native plants.

PPF has plans to grow the guide in the future, adding more gardens and making video tours with history and gardening tips.

It will be part of the annual gathering of public garden devotees, the American Public Garden Association, planned for June 2021.

Visit bit.ly/PPFCityofGardens to start a great staycation of the Willamette Valley’s horticultural wealth.