Make Kathy's wish come true!

Help make Kathy’s dream come true.!  We are thankful for donations received so far!  Please share to help us reach more people!
Help us save and preserve the Van Veen property, a substantial oasis of undeveloped urban green space and its 95 year heritage of rhododendron propagation.
Van Veen Heritage Garden is a 501(c)3 charitable organization set up with the assistance of the Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society to receive the bequest of Kathy Van Veen, who passed away in 2017.
When Theo Van Veen started his nursery in 1926, on 42nd and SE Franklin in Portland, he probably never dreamed that his son, Ted, then his granddaughter, Kathy, would continue his renowned propagation business. He also never dreamed that his nursery would later be in the middle of a populated area of SE Portland!
After many years, Kathy had a dream for the property. It was her dream to turn the 4.5 acre oasis in the middle of Portland into more than just a nursery. She dreamed of having classes for the public. She dreamed of continuing the family heritage of custom propagation. BUT, the biggest part of her dream was to keep the property a beautiful green space with a public garden and not another housing development. When Kathy passed in 2017, she gifted the nursery to the Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society who set up Van Veen Heritage Garden. We have been trying to make her dream a reality but WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP!
What was Kathy’s dream and how would we use your donations?
• To transform a part of the property into a public garden area for the enjoyment of the neighborhood, the city, and beyond.
• To provide public education about rhododendrons, especially to students of schools and colleges.
• To continue the Van Veen family’s well-known custom propagation in the greenhouses.
• To keep the property an oasis of green space and not a housing tract.
• Our immediate needs include recovery from the damage wrought by the historic winter ice storm of 2021, the following summer heat wave (116 degrees), and preparing the property for winter.
We invite you to visit the Van Veen Heritage Garden website for more detailed information. Click HERE, There you can find more of the Van Veen history and view an artist's rendering of the future garden property. You can see what has already been accomplished, and learn more about our mission, future plans, and needs.
Want to SEE the garden? Garden Time videos below feature two different interviews at the garden.
First video HERE
Second video HERE
All monies raised will benefit Van Veen Heritage Garden and it’s programs. ANY donation will help make an impact. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause, which means so much, not only to the Heritage Garden, but also to the surrounding neighborhood and the whole community.
Please give generously!
ANY donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to not only our 501(c)3 but to the surrounding neighborhood.
The mission statement of the Veen Heritage Garden: To encourage interest in and dissemination of information and knowledge about genus rhododendron, to encourage study and propagation of rhododendrons and azaleas, to operate a test garden. To provide a medium through which all persons interested in the genus may communicate and cooperate with others of like interest through educational and scientific studies, meetings, publications, and similar activities. To encourage the development of new varieties, other designated and appropriate activities of a plant society, conduct other agricultural educational activities to promote the development of interest and knowledge in gardening.
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Ann Newhard Clack 
Portland, OR
Van Veen Heritage Garden 
Registered nonprofit
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