• Winter Hours The garden will be closed Oct. 25 - Nov 5,
    and open November 6 - March 31 on weekends only

  • New Events Calendar Browse and sign up for upcoming
    lectures, classes, & special tours

  • NATURE NOTES with Dan, Patrick, & Ross

  • Virtual Garden Tours

  • Latest Photos

  • Field Notes A blog compiling the writings
    of the Heronswood Team

  • Classes at Heronswood 2021 SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE
    Learn from expert gardeners

  • Welcome Heronswood is a botanical garden
    of unparalleled beauty, even
    amongst the lush landscapes
    of the Pacific Northwest.

  • Volunteering Weed, Walk & Talk volunteers
    learn from our expert gardeners
    while providing important help

  • New Garden Photos Heronswood Garden photos
    by Richard Probst

FAQs

Answers to questions about visiting Heronswood, membership, venue rental, where to stay, and more.

Events Calendar

We are offering a schedule of lectures, classes, and special tours.

Membership

Directly support our efforts to restore, grow, and improve the garden.

Director's Wish List

Donate an item on the Director's Wish List or help fund one. Thanks!

Plant Sales

We gather some of the best nurseries in the NW to bring you a wide variety of plants suited to our environment.

Field Notes

A blog compiling the writings of the
Heronswood Team.


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13 hours ago

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Give the gift of health, wellness and nature on Giving Tuesday, November 30th, through a donation to the Heronswood Garden. 100% of your donation will support Heronswood’s dynamic programs and activities that have brought and continue to bring hope, healing and enrichment to so many during the pandemic. Your gift helps to keep Heronswood open, growing and thriving. Donate on our webpage: Give the gift of health, wellness, and nature on GIVING TUESDAY, November 30th, through a donation to Heronswood Garden. 100% of your donation will support Heronswood's dynamic programs and activities that have brought and continue to bring hope, healing and enrichment to so many during the pandemic. Your gift helps to keep Heronswood open, growing, and thriving. Donate on our webpage: heronswoodgarden.org/donate/ THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT!

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2 days ago

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Choosing trees, shrubs and vines for smaller gardens is difficult. With limited space, there’s only room for a few, so they need to really earn their place. This Wednesday, plantsman Dan Hinkley will discuss his top choices in an online webinar. Visit our Events Calendar for tickets heronswood.odoo.com/event Here’s a few of my suggestions…

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5 days ago

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A selection of some of the remarkable plants collected by our Director Emeritus Daniel Hinkley in Vietnam over 20 years of expeditions. Join him Saturday 27th as he recounts his exploration of this fascinating country in a Zoom webinar. For tickets, visit the Heronswood events calendar heronswood.odoo.com/event

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6 days ago

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Eucryphia glutinosa is undoubtedly beautiful in flower, but it’s fall color is also pretty good. It’s the only deciduous eucryphia and ours is the dwarf form ‘Snowball’ #eucryphia

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7 days ago

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Heronswood collects all members of the Hydrangea family (Hydrangeaceae), but this one, alas, will never grace our garden. Endemic to Hawaii, it is too tender for cultivation here ☹️Hawaiian name: Kanawao (Akiahala)Botanical name: Broussaisia argutaFamily: Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family)Status: EndemicWhere found: Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Hawai‘i, O‘ahu & Kaua‘iWater/Light: Moist, with partial sun exposureElevation range: 950 to 6,700 feetHeight: Up to 10 feet, with a 10 foot spreadNotes: Kanawao have a beautiful floral display with a stunning variety of colors. Often several color forms can be found growing in the same general area. Native birds known to eat the flowers and fruit of kanawao include the po‘o uli, ‘ō‘ū, ‘ākohekohe, and ‘āmakihi. Hawai‘i’s “happy face spiders” (nananana makaki‘i) are also known to hide under the leaves of kanawao. In old Hawai‘i, it was believed that eating kanawao fruits would help women to conceive.‘Ōlelo Noeau [M. K. PUKUI]: Hua kanawao ka liko o ke kapu.Translation: Kanawao seeds produce sacred leaf buds.Meaning: Kanawao is "the fruit that gives birth to chiefs." In royal chants, large families of chiefs were sometimes compared to kanawao trees and their seeds.*Photo courtesy of Jupiter Nielsen

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1 week ago

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Heronswood‘s volunteers are an awesome crew! Today, they helped us protect our young tree ferns from winter cold. We tie up the fronds with string, wrap a cage of chicken wire around the trunk, then fill this with woodchips. With over 30 ferns, it’s a big task, made better by their great enthusiasm. Thanks everyone!

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2 weeks ago

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We always try to protect our bananas before Thanksgiving, and we’ve just finished the process. They are fully hardy, but cold weather can kill the stems resulting in much shorter plants. We wrap the stems in a wire cage, fill it with straw and fallen leaves, then stretch a tarp over the top, ensuring it is peaked to allow drainage

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2 weeks ago

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Whose bright idea was it to plant bulbs? We’ve added 2,000 tulip and daffodil bulbs to the Potager’s inner beds, so make sure to visit next spring and see if our efforts were worthwhile

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2 weeks ago

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This pond has been dry for a long time, but plenty of water now! After considerable rainfall over the past few weeks, and more to come, Heronswood’s water features are back, providing homes for plants and wildlife

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