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Daniel J. Hinkley

Plantsman, author, plant collector, lecturer

Dan Hinkley is native to the Zone 4 highlands of Michigan, and his lifelong interest in plants lead him to receive his B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from Michigan State University and his M.S. in Urban Horticulture from the University of Washington. In 1987 he and his husband, Robert Jones, established Heronswood Nursery. Devoted to introducing rare plants to the gardeners of North America, this endeavor led him into the wilds of China, South and Central America, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Nepal and Vietnam over the past 18 years. Above all, he is committed to solid and sustainable horticultural practices, above average garden plants, landscapes of distinction and raising the collective awareness of the diversity of plant life on Earth as well as the magic and mysteries of our natural world. Hinkley has written for many periodicals, including Pacific Horticulture, The American Gardener, Horticulture, and The Gardener and has a regular column in Horticulture and Garden Design. He is the author of three award-winning books: The Explorer’s Garden: Shrubs & Vines (Timber Press, 2009), Winter Ornamentals (Sasquatch, 1993) and The Explorers Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials (Timber Press, 1998). He now serves as Director of the renewed Heronswood Garden. He has been awarded the Scott Medal, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award, and the Veitch Memorial Medal, among others. He serves as horticultural consultant to Monrovia Growers and to several design firms.


Creating a Low-Mow, High-Life Meadow in the Pacific Northwest

Many are cognizant of the growing movement to return to naturalistic plants requiring less energy and maintenance while increasing vital bio-diversity. The process in the cooler, wetter Pacific Northwest, though achievable and rewarding, presents unique challenges. Join plantsman Dan Hinkley in dissecting, evaluating, and rating the success thus far of his experimental meadow at Windcliff, his celebrated garden in Indianola, WA.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room