The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District welcomes you to this tranquil setting tucked into a wooded niche crowning Cooper Mountain. Come enjoy the view of the Tualatin Valley and surrounding mountains. A revitalized country estate on 68 acres, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Jenkins Estate features a large lodge-style home dating from 1913 and refurbished stables suitable for weddings, corporate meetings, memorial services, and other events.
The grounds are open Monday through Friday and some weekends outside the summer months. Self-guided tours of the gardens are welcome. Admission is free.
The grounds consist of wooded, wild natural growth areas in the perimeter that give way to cultivated plants and a tamed landscape of ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers and winding gravel pathways. Trail maps are available to guide you to the rhododendron garden, perennial garden, rock gardens, primrose path, herb garden and rose pergola. Perennial borders, wild flower meadows and water features highlight other areas on the grounds.
Visit the Braille section (work in progress) of the Herb Garden where you will find scented geraniums, lambs ears, lavender, rosemary, chives and thyme.
A large and developing Rhododendron Garden is the first garden through the iron gates at the entrance. The 1.6-acre rhododendron garden is planted and maintained by the Tualatin Valley ARS chapter in cooperation with the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. There are more than 700 plants and 600 varieties planted. Garden volunteers continue annual propagation from existing plants in the Greenhouse located on-site.
With assitance from the Historic Facilities Advisory Committee, the historic Cutting Garden has been revitalized. Flowers from this garden are used to decorate the facility for special events.
Please call Mike Fontenot at 503-629-6360 (x.2824) to learn more about volunteering on the Jenkins Estate grounds.
OSU Master Gardener Program provides free workshops
Oregon State University's Metro Master Gardener Program educates the public about all aspects of growing and caring for plants. In Washington County, Master Gardeners sponsor a variety of gardening–related demonstrations, lectures, seminars and workshops in various locations, including THPRD's Jenkins Estate. Most events are free and open to the public. >>Schedule