Photo Gallery: Portland Memory Garden

The Portland Memory Garden is a vivid reminder that gardens can be tailored to meet specific needs as we age.

By: Patty Cassidy
Patty Cassidy
http://www.pattycassidy.com

Patty Cassidy, MA, is a life-long gardener and registered horticultural therapist who works with elders who live with dementia. She…

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As gardeners, we know that staying connected to plants and nature is therapeutic, enlivening, and restorative. –Patty Cassidy


The mission of the Portland Memory Garden is to tend and maintain a garden that enhances the lives of individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers and provide therapeutic and educational activities. The Garden is open year-round dawn to dusk and is located within Ed Benedict Park at SE 104th between Powell Boulevard and Bush Street.


 

The main entrance provides the only access the Portland Memory Garden. Photo: Patty Cassidy

The main entrance provides the only access the Portland Memory Garden. Photo: Patty Cassidy

Wide, curved pathways lead to a shady pergola in the Portland Memory Garden. Photo: Patty Cassidy

Wide, curved pathways lead to a shady pergola in the Portland Memory Garden. Photo: Patty Cassidy

Graduated, raised beds allow easy access to plantings. Photo: Patty Cassidy

Graduated, raised beds allow easy access to plantings. Photo: Patty Cassidy

A circle of beautiful benches provides a place to gather or rest at the Portland Memory Garden. Photo: Patty Cassidy

A circle of beautiful benches provides a place to gather or rest at the Portland Memory Garden. Photo: Patty Cassidy

 

Author Patty Cassidy leads a horticultural therapy session. Photo: Kayo Huffman

Author Patty Cassidy leads a horticultural therapy session. Photo: Kayo Huffman

An elder visitor to the Portland Memory Garden enjoys lavender. Photo: Patty CassidyAn elder visitor to the Portland Memory Garden enjoys lavender. Photo: Patty Cassidy

Volunteer board members complete a project at the Portland Memory Garden. Photo: Gary Miranda

Volunteer board members complete a project at the Portland Memory Garden. Photo: Gary Miranda

The Central pavilion at the Portland Memory Garden serves as orientation point for visitors. Photo: Patty Cassidy

The Central pavilion at the Portland Memory Garden serves as orientation point for visitors. Photo: Patty Cassidy