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Rogerson Clematis Collection

Luscher Farm Park
125 Rosemont Road
West Linn, Oregon 97068

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Clematis in the Rogerson Clematis Collection—be they vines, herbaceous perennials, or shrubs, have an anecdote to share about how they came to be in the gardens at Luscher Farm Park. The often-told saga of the collection’s migration from Manhattan, Kansas, to Oregon reveals a journey of epic proportions. Today, the clematis are owned, maintained, and curated by the non-profit Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection (FRCC) and the plot is carried forward on land leased from the city of Lake Oswego.

The large-flowered Clematis ‘Fairy Queen’ is an antique variety (1875) rarely seen in the trade. Photo: courtesy of Rogerson Clematis Collection

Building a botanic garden around Clematis is challenging given the glut of misinformation persisting around the genus. A person enamored of mysteries and legends can understand why a curious gent like Brewster Rogerson began collecting these plants over 40 years ago. The breadth and depth of the gene pool is fa...

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