Lambert Gardens

Lambert Gardens was a private botanical garden of over 30 acres (120,000 m²) in the Reed neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, north of Reed College at SE 28th Ave. and SE Steele St. It was a significant attraction, drawing tens of thousands of visitors a year.

It was owned by Andrew Lambert, who turned the grounds of his former landscaping business into a series of thematic garden settings, such as the Sunken Rose Gardens and the Italian Court, complete with peacocks and flamingos.

By 1968, when Lambert grew too old to care for the gardens, he offered to sell them to the city of Portland; when they turned him down, he sold it to developers, who tore out the gardens and replaced them with apartments and parking. One of the apartments built on the land is called "Lambert Gardens Apartments."

In September 2005, Lambert Gardens Apartments was acquired by neighboring complex Wimbledon Square and renamed "Wimbledon Gardens."

External links

* [ The Sunday Oregonian] , 21 Mar 1965 article about Lambert and his gardens
* [ Cushman photo collection] at U of Indiana archives. Search for more "Lambert Gardens" photos at this site.

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