Great news, gardeners: Legendary botanical garden Heronswood, located in Kingston, reopens to the public Saturday, May 18 for the first time since its purchase by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe last summer.
The 15-acre garden was co-founded in 1987 by local horticulturist and garden designer Dan Hinkley, who built and maintained it throughout the '90s with his partner Robert Jones. (Garden fanatics may remember Hinkley for the prolific series of plant catalogues he penned.)
In its heyday, the garden, which featured thousands of expertly curated, exotic plant life from around the world, drew hundreds of visitors every year. Heronswood was purchased by giant garden real estate corporation Burpee in 2000, and later fell into disrepair. It closed to the public in 2006. It remained abandoned until last summer, when the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, with its impeccable record of land stewardship, acquired it for restoration.
Saturday May 18, 2013 from 10 to 5, Heronswood will open its doors for a plant sale, garden tours, and a lecture by none other than Hinkley himself (at 11:30am).
Check out our sister pub, Portland Monthly, for a more indepth look at all this.Call 360-297-7410 for more info about the sale, or visit the garden's website or Facebook page.