Gerdemann Botanic Preserve

2222 N. U.S. Highway 101, Located behind Earthworks Gallery, Yachats
(503) 442-1247

What started in the early 1980s as a test garden for plant hardiness has since blossomed into a preserve of rare and unusual plants from all over the world. The Gerdemann Botanic Preserve, named after founders Jim and Janice Gerdemann, is now open to the public by appointment and contains a variety of exotic plants, from Southern Hemisphere shrubs and trees to wildly eclectic collections of magnolia, camellia, and rhododendron species and hybrids – including hand-crossed tropical vireya rhododendrons in a glasshouse. The collection, filling about 3.5 acres on a sloped hillside that faces the Pacific and borders the Siuslaw National Forest, can also be viewed year round from a public footpath that starts behind the Earthworks Gallery.