• Field Notes Blog from Garden Director Dan Hinkley
    & Taxonomist Ross Bayton

Fall Color

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Fall Foliage and Fruits

This weekend heralds our last open days for 2018 and there’s still lots to see. While asters and dahlias continue to bloom unabated, it’s the vivid colors of fall foliage and fruits that steal the show. …

tricyrtis macranthopsis and maculata

Terrific Toad Lilies

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Toad lilies, warts and all

Amongst the panoply of excellent fall-flowering perennials, toad lilies (Tricyrtis) occupy a special place in my heart. When I first encountered them as a child, I was convinced that the flower buds resembled …

Fabulous Fall Flowers

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A Tale of Two Tubers

Brrrrrr! Chilly mornings are a sure sign that Fall is upon us. While most trees have yet to display their characteristic colors, below their leafy canopies, fall-blooming cyclamen and roscoeas light up the Woodland Garden …

Gladiolus murielae

African Odyssey

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It’s been a long, hot summer. For many gardeners, that’s meant a constant struggle to keep plants watered, but here at Heronswood, our African plants have thrived. As a largely tropical continent, Africa offers little for Pacific Northwest gardens. Agapanthus …

Schizophragma hydrangeoides

Schizophragma and Pileostegia

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Not All Climbing Hydrangeas are Climbing Hydrangeas

The genus of Hydrangea is indeed diverse and comes in a wide array of forms, from small scrambling shrubs to 2.5′ (Hydrangea scandens of Japan), dramatic trees to 35′ (Hydrangea xanthoneura of China) …

Pollination paradise

Pollination Paradise

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Amazing Asters

There’s a bumper crop of blooms at Heronswood right now. From daisies to dahlias, geraniums to gingers, our flower borders are hopping! But while they gladden our hearts, flowers don’t put on this show for our benefit. They …

Hydrangea macrophylla

Hip Hip Hooray for Hydrangeas

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Heronswood Hydrangeas at their Finest

In these dusty days of summer, the heat can feel relentless, so what better way to spend a day than wandering the Woodland Garden at Heronswood. Enjoy dappled shade beneath a canopy of evergreen conifers, …

Lilium lankongense

Scented Sentinels of Summer

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Lilies of Summer

The heat is on. Summer is here and all around Heronswood, flowers are doing their thing, producing a dazzling display. While undoubtedly attractive to us, flowers are actually sending a message to pollinating insects and birds. They’re …

Geum Mango Lassi

Geum: Tales from the Old Country

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The Gorgeous Genus of Geum

Geums – I love them! And if you’re uncertain how to pronounce this little Latin name, then split it in two: Gee-Umm.

The genus Geum is a member of the massive rose family (Rosaceae), which …

Illcium anisatum; Beyond the Stars

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Good Foliage Amongst a Richness of Flower

Foliage First.

Far more people are familiar with the genus Ilicium than the nerdy gardener. Authentic cuisine in SE Asia has long relied on sweet, spicy aroma of star anise, the star-shaped seed …