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    of unparalleled beauty, even
    amongst the lush landscapes
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Two stunning Berberis species from Chile that have made their way into our gardens here in the PNW. Michay (Berberis darwinii) and Calafate (Berberis microphylla). It is said that if you eat a Calafate fruit in its native haunt, you will return to Patagonia. Join our Director, Patrick McMillan for a return (virtually) to Patagonia. Get tickets at heronswood.odoo.com/event #berberisdarwinii #califate #travelersgarden #floradechile

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2 days ago

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The interconnections and interdependence of North America and Asia are everywhere apparent this time of year. A vast number of our celebrated wildflowers, trees and shrubs share a common link with Asia. Many of these genera first appeared in Asia and made the migration to North America, others went from here to Asia. The genus Shortia is a great example. There are six species, two in the eastern United States and four in eastern Asia. Because of our extended spring, both the American and Asian species are still in flower at Heronswood now. Come visit Wed-Fri, 10 AM-3PM and join us in a celebration of the beauty and diversity that exists because of this remarkable connection.

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3 days ago

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Thirty years on, when the sun slices under our doug firs in early morning and smashes into Corylopsis gotoana in full blossom, it is all I can do to not shout in absolute delight. It continues to be a dependable friend indeed.

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4 days ago

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Many of our stunning garden plants here in the PNW have their roots in Chile. The climate there is not that different from ours. A surprising 20% of the woody plants in the coastal Valdivian Region have hummingbird pollinated flowers. There is even a red-flowered mistletoe! Join our director, Patrick McMillan for a virtual (Zoom) trip to some of the wildest and strangest places left in Chile in our next Traveler's Garden program (April 30). Click here to sign up: heronswood.odoo.com/event/the-traveler-s-garden-chile-with-dr-patrick-mcmillan-2021-04-30-32/regi...

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7 days ago

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Weekend weather looks good, so join us at the Heronswood Garden in Kingston, Washington to enjoy a cacophony of spring color. We’re open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-3pm. #springflowers #opengarden

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1 week ago

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The sex lives of Skimmias are significant for gardeners. They are dioecious, with separate male and female plants so you only get berries if you have both. Male with pollen in first pic, female without pollen in second pic #skimmia #dioeciousplants

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2 weeks ago

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Another celebratory selection of spring flowers at Heronswood. We are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-3pm - come and join the party! #springflowers #opengarden

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2 weeks ago

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Love the vibrant stems of dogwood? If you don’t prune regularly, they’ll lose their vivid colors. Join Heronswood Assistant Director Ross Bayton for a basic pruning class, our first in-person class of 2021. Spaces are limited, so get your tickets now at heronswood.odoo.com/event #pruning #dogwood

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2 weeks ago

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There are two species of Lysichiton or skunk-cabbage, one from eastern Asia and one from western North America. When they meet in gardens, they produce a hybrid. Meet Lysichiton x hortensis, with butter-colored blooms, intermediate between the yellow-flowered American L. americanus and the white-flowered Asian L. camtschatcensis. One of many floral connections between America and Asia #skunkcabbage #lysichiton

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3 weeks ago

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Is scent a part of successful garden design? Join Dan Hinkley for this week’s Lunchbreak Lecture as he discusses forgotten elements of garden design, Wednesday at 12 noon Pacific. Visit heronswood.odoo.com/event for tickets #gardendesign

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