Heronswood, the garden created by Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones, played an important role in my (and many other PNW gardeners') ongoing development as a gardener. It was here that I first learned to love foliage.
It was here that I first encountered Helleborus hercegovina small leaf form.
Here that I first encountered any members of the podophyllum clan and in later years this strange and wonderful member of that family P. delavayi - so new then that it wasn't available for sale anywhere.
It seemed like with every visit to the garden, there were were new plants for me to discover. The garden then was still being expanded and planted. Who wouldn't have a soft spot in his/her heart for such a magical place?
My personal first sighting of a large group of Cardiocrinum giganteum was at Heronswood. My introduction to blue poppies also happened here.
When the garden and nursery were closed, gardeners were saddened. Fortunately, just a few years later the property and name were purchased by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. Unfortunately, the years of little care and the removal of many plants by the interim owner left many parts of the seven acre garden looking a bit neglected. Fortunately, the tribe has hired Hinkley as a consultant in bringing his creation back to it's former glory and the three years of work really show!
The garden is waking up for the coming growth season. I didn't notice any blue poppy plants coming up.
The more formal garden areas closest to the house received most of the care during the time the garden was closed but still have had some freshening up done.
The garden, a living thing, will continue to evolve and charm those of us in love with playing in the dirt.
It was here in the, then new, potager that I first saw concrete spheres made by Little and Lewis which inspired me to learn how to make them for my own garden. In case you're wondering, they're not here anymore.
I look forward to coming back later in the season to see the soil covered with these emerging fern fronds.
Quite a nice-sized specimen!
The large perennial borders will soon be in all their glory!
Pulmonaria delicious in it's blue abundance!
After a 20 year wait, the Rhododendron sinogrande bloomed this spring. With foliage this grand, no one grows this one for the flowers!
In the midst of towering Doug firs, a group of Trachycarpus fortunei are a fun surprise.
As are the tree ferns.
The ruin is also by Little and Lewis.
I remember when these Little and Lewis pieces were still in crates in the driveway.
My specimen of this variegated hemerocallis was the last thing I bought at Heronswood before it was closed. Until this visit, that plant in my garden served as a bittersweet reminder of a treasure lost. Now seeing it fills my heart with joy at the knowledge that this exceptional garden will be preserved to be a place of inspiration for future generations of gardeners.