In 2000 Hinkley and Jones moved to a new location and sold the business and property to the Burpee Company. The Burpee Company soon lost interest in the rare plant business, sold off much of the stock and closed it down in 2006. This beautiful garden lay abandoned.
Then in 2012 the S'Klallam Tribe bought the property. With the help of botanical experts, they are restoring the display garden.
We had not visited Heronswood since before it was sold the first time, when it was an amazing garden and thriving nursery. Last Saturday they held one of their quarterly open garden and plant sales. We had the day free and off we went, across the sound on a ferry, to visit this amazing garden.
Huge clumps of May Apple (podophyllum) at the edge of the garden.
A Dove Tree, also called a Handkerchief Tree.
Red Trillium and hosta
There are many varieties of trillium here.
And many varieties of May Apple too, this one tucked under the leaves of a giant Himalayan lily, cardiocrinum giganteum, which seed freely all over the woodland garden.
The flower on that exotic May Apple.
An old fern hummock.
This is the original driveway to the house on the property. The woodland garden extends on both sides of the driveway.
One of many Epimediums.
Vanilla leaf, a native plant here.
Star flower, another native.
An orchid, not a native.
Pacific Coast iris.
Out of the woodland garden,, we toured the gardens around the house. This is the yellow and blue border.
The long borders, with plants just popping up and room for more restoration.
The patio area behind the house.
The parterres, once the kitchen garden.