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A Garden for Your Bucket List

Do you have a garden bucket list? If so, Linda O'Connell has one for you to add to your list.

"My husband, Dan and I recently had the good fortune to visit Heronswood, Dan Hinckley's original garden in Kingston, WA. This garden had fallen into disrepair after Dan and his partner moved to their new home (Windcliff) but it is slowly being brought back to it's original glory by the Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe and numerous volunteers. I would encourage all of you to put this on your garden bucket list."

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    user-7007816 04/18/2016

    We visited Heronswood about 25 years ago. Based upon my memory, it never looked as good as it does now. Great job.

  2. Sunshine111 04/18/2016

    The spring ephemerals are divine. I especially am in love with the lady slipper orchid. Thank you for sharing

  3. Jay_Sifford 04/18/2016

    It's on my list of gardens to see when I visit Portland and Seattle areas in June. I'm pretty excited. Thanks for sharing!

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      LindaonWhidbey 04/18/2016

      Jay, Dan Hinckley has also opened up his current home, Windcliff, this summer on Fri. and Sat. You may be able to find info online and the two gardens are close enough to possibly see both in one day. Have a fun trip.

      1. Jay_Sifford 04/18/2016

        Awesome! I knew that Heronswood was open on Fridays but didn't know about Windcliff. Thanks so much for the info.

  4. diane_lasauce 04/18/2016

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. wGardens 04/18/2016

    Enticing! This will be an exciting stop for those that can visit. Thanks fir sharing~

  6. katieerb 04/18/2016

    I love to see neglected gardens returned to their former glory, so beautiful!

  7. wittyone 04/18/2016

    Oh I'm so glad to hear about Heronswood. Even though I have never seen it, I had heard about it and it's demise and felt really bad. So nice that it is been revived and taken care of again.

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    meander_michaele 04/18/2016

    What a blessing that many of the plant treasures that Mr. Hinkley had collected through the years have found a group of dedicated nurturers who are caring for them and their surroundings in this unique garden. And, reading the material on the Heronswood website seems to indicate that Dan is once again involved in planting new discoveries in these fertile grounds. The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is to be sincerely thanked for their rescue and rehabilitation efforts and their commitment to the viable future growth of this special place.

  9. PeonyFan 04/18/2016

    Wow! Great photos of a great garden. (That young cardiocrinum!) Thank you. Definitely putting it on my list. And, I agree with meander1, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe is to be commended for their stewardship of this garden.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/18/2016

    Thanks for sending these in! I think it was in transition and disrepair when I was in PNW, so did not visit. Definitely on my list now. I've heard it's wonderful and your photos certainly prove it. Stunning. Love the cypripedium and I agree with Mary Yee: amazingly gorgeous Cardiocrinum. I knew that the flowers were amazing, tall and stately, but don't remember seeing a photo of how gorgeous the plant is as it sends up its blooming stalk. Killer!

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      LindaonWhidbey 04/18/2016

      Tim, we've seen a Cardiocrinum flowering at Far Reaches nursery, but I agree with you that the plant is almost more stately before it sends up it's stalk.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/18/2016

        Oh, Linda! I'm so jealous. I love Far Reaches. They carry the greatest plants and everyone says that Kelly and Sue are the nicest people. The pink-flowered form of the Cardiocrinum they show on their web site is out-of-this-world beautiful. How's your garden progressing? I went back and looked at your garden post here and so love your edgeworthia photo. cheers.

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          LindaonWhidbey 04/18/2016

          Thanks, for asking, Tim. We're enjoying the PNW's long spring season. That Edgeworthia is my husband's pride and joy. It was beautiful from late Autumn right up to about two weeks ago. Now it's neighbor is taking center stage, Davidia Involucrata, or Dove Tree.

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            Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/18/2016

            Oh my gosh! That is delightful and it looks so young to be blooming. Love it. Is it 'Sonoma'? I just bought a tiny twig-sized plant of the very expensive Davidia involucrata 'Lady Sunshine' and am struggling with where to put it. We are right on the edge of hardiness for it and supposedly the variegation needs protection from hot sun. The collector's dilemma, I suppose. Man, I love your Davidia!

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            LindaonWhidbey 04/18/2016

            It is Sonoma, which is supposed to flower much earlier than other varieties. Ours is in morning sun, but our sun is never that intense out here.

          3. NCYarden 04/19/2016

            Hi Linda. I am amazed at the blooms on such a small & young dove tree. My Dove tree is still holding out...but I can be patient. I am curious though - does this particular tree of yours have the same cat pee smell from the leaves on Spring emergence?

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            LindaonWhidbey 04/19/2016

            Well, we have not noticed that cat pee smell:) The Dove Tree that we have is "Sonoma' and we picked it for the fact that it blooms sooner than most. There are some that take years to bloom, apparently. We just planted ours last summer and we're delighted at the number of blooms and hope that it wasn't just due to our mild winter.

  11. user-6536305 04/18/2016

    I was there July 25, 2015 and saw blooms of Eucomis pole-evansii, Stewartia Rostrata, Lilies, Aconitum × cammarum ‘Bicolor’ and many other Aconitum, agapanthus inapertus, Origanum rotundifolium x scabrum 'Kent Beauty' and seed heads of Meconopsis. While you are in the PNW, don't forget to visit Washington Park in Oregon.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/18/2016

      More great photos. Thanks, Lillian. I love the semi-formal lily border, with the hakone grass color echo.

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      LindaonWhidbey 04/18/2016

      Lovely photos, Lillian, and it's great to see that bed that I showed in early spring, all lit up for summer. We've been there now in all seasons and it's never been a disappointment.

  12. schatzi 04/18/2016

    Thanks for reminding me of the treasures in our own back yard. Both gardens are definitely on my list. Jay, try to work in a visit to Far Reaches, too. It is fantastic and the owners are terrific. There is so much to see here in the PNW. Enjoy your trip.

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      LindaonWhidbey 04/19/2016

      Definitely agree with you, Shirley. When we discovered Far Reaches, we knew we had landed in a good place. Kelly and Sue are treasures of the PNW.

  13. user-7007498 04/19/2016

    Such awesome photos from an incredible plantsman. So glad to hear, and see, that Heronswood is on the comeback. I had seen extensive photos of it during a talk by Dan Hinckley around the time he had just moved to Windcliff. He is such an amazing speaker. I am drooling over the beauty of his plant collection. Would love to get out there and see it some day. Thanks for sharing.

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