The garden includes four seasons of plants and flowers in raised beds that have been chosen to stimulate the senses and to spark past memories, as well as provide a totally accessible circular pathway and visual landmarks. The fenced garden offers security and comfort for families as well as a restroom and drinking fountains.
The garden is managed by the Friends of the Portland Memory Garden, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Weddings at Portland Memory Garden
To reserve a wedding at this site, visit Weddings in Portland's parks, gardens, and natural areas, or call the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525.
Located in the southeast corner of Ed Benedict Park, this garden is especially designed for people with Alzheimer's disease and other memory problems: the site is relatively flat and is away from other park activity and significant traffic noise. The garden was dedicated in May 2002 and is one of eight memory gardens in the U.S., and one of only two built on public land. The garden is a national demonstration garden project, created as part of the 100 Parks, 100 Years centennial celebration of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
This project was a collaborative effort among the Oregon-Greater Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Center of Design for an Aging Society, Portland State University/School of Urban Studies & Planning, Legacy Health Systems, and Portland Parks & Recreation.