Friends of the

Portland Memory Garden


The Portland Memory Garden is located in Portland, Oregon off SE Powell at 104th Avenue in the southeast corner of Ed Benedict Park. This very special garden is open to the entire community, but was designed to meet the special needs of those with memory disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease) and to provide respite for their caregivers. 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. 

This project was a collaborative effort of 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.

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.  It is open all year long from 8:00 am to dusk and is free of charge.

The Friends of the Portland Memory Garden is proud to be the steward organization of this unique and remarkable resource for those living with memory loss, their families and caregivers, and anyone who chooses to visit, enjoy, and be restored.


Welcome to Friends of the Portland Memory Garden

Our mission:

To enhance the lives of individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers by maintaining the Portland Memory Garden, involving the larger community,  and providing therapeutic and educational activities.