HANSVILLE — Plant and garden lovers: there’s still one more chance in 2013 to experience Heronswood.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the world-renowned botanical garden will host its final Garden Open & Plant Sale of the season.
Heronswood is owned by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.
One of the highlights of this event will be the opportunity to explore Heronswood’s gardens on the eve of fall. Since the first Garden Open & Plant Sale in May, thousands of people have toured Heronswood’s gardens, which have been under restoration since earlier in the year.
In addition, attendees will be able to enhance their own home gardens with a selection of unique and unusual plants from nurseries around the Puget Sound area. Featured nurseries include Windcliff, Far Reaches, Dancing Oaks, Dig Nursery, Friendly Natives, Longbranch, Robinwood, Colvos Creek, Chimacum Woods, Celestial Dream, Keeping it Green, Foxglove, Rhododendron Species Foundation, and Dragonfly Nursery.
A big draw at past events has been guest lectures by Heronswood founder, Dan Hinkley, and other area plant experts. On Saturday, Hinkley will give another talk reflecting on his experiences as a master plantsman. Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken from Far Reaches Farm will also make a presentation.
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to foster awareness of the Port Gamble S’Klallam’s cultural heritage, is hosting the Heronswood Garden Open & Plant Sale. The foundation — along with a steering committee made up of plant enthusiasts, Tribe staff, and respected horticulturalists — has been charged with managing restoration and community outreach activities at Heronswood.
According to Foundation Director Laurie Mattson, Heronswood provides a unique opportunity to further an appreciation of S’Klallam art, history, and culture, while stressing the Tribe’s commitment to education and environmental stewardship. With this in mind, every event at Heronswood will feature S’Klallam artisans selling their work. One of the foundation’s goals is to install Tribal-inspired art throughout the garden.
The S’Klallam Singers will sing throughout the day and local vendors will sell food to visitors and participants.
Admission to the plant sale and all lectures is free. A donation of $10 is requested for the self-guided tour of the garden. All proceeds will go toward the restoration and maintenance of the garden.
Entrance to the garden will close at 4 p.m.
For more information about Heronswood, go to www.Heronswood.com or Facebook.com/Heronswood.