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Inviting Vines VI garden tour showcases clematis

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - One of several gardens featuring clematis in the Portland metropolitan area that will be viewable to participants in the Inviting Vines VI garden tour May 25. Verdure voyeurs will be in for a treat May 25, when the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection presents ‘Inviting Vines VI’, a tour of five private gardens in Southwest Portland and the Rogerson Clematis Collection garden at Luscher Farm.

The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will showcase how local gardeners integrate clematis, a climbing plant of the buttercup family known as the "Queen of Vines," into their personal gardens.

Attendees will also be treated to a visit to the Rogerson Clematis Collection garden at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego. Occupying a 2-acre parcel surrounding a circa-1900 farmhouse, garden areas include the Heirloom garden, which showcases pre-World War I clematis, roses and cottage garden plants, the Beech Tree's garden, home to Japanese clematis species and cultivars in a bird-friendly setting, the Front Bank, which features many North American native clematis and the Balkan Garden, which clematis from Eastern Europe inhabit.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at rogersonclematiscollection.org and at several locations in the Portland metropolitan area including Dennis’ Seven Dees Nursery, 1090 McVey Ave., Lake Oswego.

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