Heronswood

Heronswood is a garden not far from my home on Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula. A synopsis of its history can be found here. The garden was founded by plantsman Dan Hinkley, and after a period of ownership by Burpee Seeds, and the company’s bankruptcy, it was closed and fell into disrepair. Five years ago, it was acquired…

“You can never hold back spring”*

This winter in the Northwest was a particularly wet, cold (for us), and nasty affair, and even as spring proceeded on schedule, the weather has seemed resolute on remaining wintry. Even as I write this, rain is beating on the windows. Yet despite frosty nights and windy, rainy days, the plants have persisted in getting ahead…

Rus in Urbe

Detractors of Henry Thoreau sometimes like to point out that for all the rusticity of Walden, Thoreau’s cabin was only a short walk from Concord, and he saw his mother regularly for home-cooked meals and laundry. Perhaps this is, in the end, to his credit. For Thoreau does not pretend to be a thousand miles…