Land value disagreement + garden conservation group = Heronswood open for a day!

The Seattle Times today has news of Heronswood Nursery. Evidently there’s been a hitch in the sale of the property and in the interim the garden will be open FOR ONE DAY as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program – a day in which distinctive private gardens across the country allow occasional public visits.

The creator of Heronswood, Dan Hinkley, is an accomplished author and public speaker. I met him at a Washington Native Plant Society meeting a few years ago, and have a couple of his books.

According to local news reports, Martha Stewart recently loaded up her private jet with ferns purchased ferns at the Hardy Fern Sale. She also toured Heronswood Nursery (she has been here before), visited with Dan, and enjoyed a Northwest feast prepared by Herbfarm chef Jerry Traunfeld. Ferns are a great addition to any garden. I love ferns and have a rescued many from Eastside developments and planted them around my home in West Seattle. You can find out more information about the ferns that Martha purchased (dwarf maidenhair fern Adiantum aleuticum ‘Subpumilum’ and a large-leaved holly fern Cyrtomium falcatum by visiting Great Plant Picks and using the search tool on the left side of the page. Click here to visit the Hardy Fern Foundation web site.

So July 21st is the day to visit Heronswood Nursery if you’ve always wanted to go and never have made it – or are a big fan and can’t wait to visit those wonderful plants again.

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