Heronswood Garden

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  1. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    This weekend we went up to Heronswood Gardens out of Kingston, WA. Once a world class garden it was stripped of its many exotic plants and then neglected by the corporation that bought it. Here is an article about those happenings. http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/...-famous-Heronswood-Nursery-closes-1204909.php

    Last spring there was a change of ownership and many groups came to support the gardens. http://seattletimes.com/html/living/2020989382_ciscoeheronswoodxml.html
    The opening is a cultural mix with drumming, native art, many local nurseries with plants to sell and work on the gardens just beginning.

    It will take a lot to resurrect the gardens to what they once were, but there were many common plants in fall blooms.

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    Forest floor was covered with lots of fall blooming hardy cyclamens ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

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    Many paths through the woods, monkshood ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

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    It was rather sad to see a once magnificent garden more like a common park and pretty shabby but it was an exceptionally nice day.
     
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  3. Philip Nulty

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    Hi Jewell,..nice pictures and some very attractive settings,..its nice to see a garden being brought to life again with such good results,..and in time it will improve,..a big cheer for the Port S'Kallam Tribe,.. and glad you had a nice day.
     
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    I agree that its a terrible shame to see once magnificent gardens being left to die.Thank goodness that there are other people who want to bring it back to life again.

    Thank you for sharing its story.
     
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    I'm so glad the gardens are going to be resurrected. I hate to see places like this going to wrack and ruin.
    They have some good structures and plants already in place which should help with the overall redesign work. It will take lots of effort and dedication but I'm sure it will look even more lovely when it is eventually finished.
     



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    Well, I love what I see. Now you can watch it grow.
     
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    It is always a very sad thing to see or be aware of wonderful gardens slipping-away due to neglect.

    The "Lost Gardens of Heligan" over on the British Island is a case in point.

    The thing with these gardens of faded glory and dereliction can be restored but of course the cost and time makes the proposition an enormous challenge.

    Great posting. I read the articles and visited the Indian website.

    It is all quite interesting to me.
     
  8. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Sjoerd, I found the history of this local garden interesting too. Many of the regional tribes have embarked on interesting projects not attempted by other organizations.

    I love the live sculptures of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. I have a Pinterest page with photos of these enchanting pieces and never realized where they originated. Thanks for giving the location a name for me :-D I would love to visit that gardens.
     
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    <<I love the live sculptures of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. I have a Pinterest page with photos of these enchanting pieces and never realized where they originated. Thanks for giving the location a name for me Very Happy I would love to visit that gardens.>>

    Jewell, I may be able to help you out with a virtual tour as we visited Heligan twice in 3 days a few years ago it was that good :D If you'd like me to I'll look out some of our shots.
     
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    You lucky so-'n-so, KM--How nice it would be to visit the Lost Gardens. Of course I have seen specials and the Springwatch episodes that were based there and taken note. The special that I saw was quite interesting and covered some of the past Hx and took the restoration right up to the present.
    I can well imagine that Jewell would find the Lost Gardens of great interest.
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Kiss mum, I hope you do a posting of the Lost Gardens. I think everyone would love seeing those photos.
     
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    I like the different fall anenome colors.
     

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