And because it was hard to choose which image to post ... here's another. This cherry tree silhouette in the morning mist was taken on that same morning at the Elk Rock Garden at the Bishop's Close in Portland, Oregon.
This photo was taken several years ago on a misty morning, not unlike the morning we're having today, at the Elk Rock Garden at the Bishop's Close in Portland, Oregon. If you live in, or are planning a visit to the Portland area this private garden is open to the public daily year-round and is a delight to visit any time of the year though I especially enjoy the garden in winter.
(Kingston, WA) The Pacific Northwest Horticultural Conservancy (PNHC) has ended its attempts to acquire the Heronswood Garden property.
Created as a non-profit in 2006, PNHCs primary mission was the purchase of the Kingston property that had formerly been the site of the Heronswood Nursery. PNHC hoped to preserve the original garden, and use this horticultural treasure as the inspiring starting point of a thriving center of education, plant research and public enjoyment.
PNHCs initial negotiations with the current owner of the property, W. Atlee Burpee Co., and its President George Ball had broken down in May of 2007. At its annual meeting last June, the PNHC board voted to keep the organization intact for another year to determine if any further progress could be made.
Last fall, the Garden Conservancy, a national organization devoted to the preservation of exceptional American gardens, reopened the lines of communication by acting as an intermediary between Mr. Ball and PNHC. Consequently, Mr. Ball agreed to have an independent appraisal of the property performed, which PNHC required in order to proceed with a property purchase that would be fiscally responsible and acceptable to the IRS.
Concurrently, PNHC continued its research into possible educational partnership with local institutions and code and use requirements. The business plan was fine-tuned, and a feasibility study was begun.
The appraisal and the feasibility study were both completed recently. With this information in hand, the board determined that the project was no longer viable as envisioned.
The key findings of the feasibility study pointed to some insurmountable limiting factors: too much time had passed since the initial closing of the garden, and there was no longer sufficient community interest and financial support to move forward. Additionally, in these two years the economic climate has worsened, impacting fundraising efforts negatively.
The full board of PNHC will hold its annual meeting at the end of June and discuss the future of the organization.
As to the future of Heronswood Garden, PNHC is reassured by Mr. Balls pledge to require any purchaser of the property to preserve and maintain the garden.
We extend our gratitude to all who have supported our mission, and have contributed their time, efforts, funds and conviction to a vision of a future built on the foundation and principles that first created the now historic horticultural gem that is the Heronswood Garden.
I’ve been able to hold onto my vacation-buzz so far. I’m working on catching up with things now, and will begin figuring out how to best post about my recent trip touring gardens in the Philadelphia area soon.
I took about 1800 photos, so it’s going to take a bit to process them, and then figure out how to best share some of them with you. But I promise to get at least a few "teasers" up soon!
At the moment though, I am being reminded of why I don’t love to travel.
First, up at 4:15 am for an inhumanely early flight. This after a grueling marathon-of-a-day on Friday spent trying to wrap things up so that I could sign out for the week. First leg of the flight -- no problem. But then we got stuck on the tarmac for hours in Chicago and we’re only just now in transit. Consequently I will be arriving many hours late and will be missing this evening’s kick-off event held in, what I am sure will be, alovely private garden of a Hardy Plant Society member from the Mid-Atl antic Group.
Wah, wah, wah. Enough already; I am on my way to tour gardens fer chrissakes.
Tomorrow promises to be a much better day. We’ll see five gardens tomorrow and from what I’ve heard, they’re going to be worth the trip. J
Don’t know what the week will bring in terms of me having time to do posts while I am here. I hope to at least slap a few photos & comments up. We’ll see, stay tuned.
I’m sure I’ll be taking tons of photos and I promise to share some of the best here.
Whenever we find ourselves on the central coast for more than a day or two I am often able to I cajole my husband into indulging me with a trip to the Connie Hansen Garden in Lincoln City. And they make it very, very easy to work in a visit – the garden is open dawn to dusk, every day. And while there is no admission charge, donations are greatly appreciated.
I don’t think I’ve ever visited this garden in late spring when it is purported to be at its peak. I’m sure it’s a veritable hort-riot heralding spring; the garden’s well-known collection of rhododendrons leading the charge, flanked by iris, primula, and hundreds of other flowering shrubs & perennials.
Alas, it seems I’m frequently visiting gardens in the off-season. An occupational hazard for those of us working in the garden biz I guess, as I’m often too busy during peak season to do as much garden touring as I’d like. Perhaps this is why I’ve developed such a fondness and appreciation for winter gardens. The starkness of winter reveals the garden’s details and allows us to celebrate the nuanced beauty of plants in all their forms.
In addition to this winter’s day visit, I have been here in fall more than once and have always found scenes to appreciate.
The garden was built over several decades by Connie Hansen, an avid gardener and artist, after she moved to this coastal town in the early seventies. At this time, the garden is run by The Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy, a non-profit group committed to preserving this garden and sharing it with the public.
Today there were a number of volunteers at work in the garden even though it was bitter cold. Hardy group that.
The gardens at the former Heronswood Nursery in Kingston, WA will be open to the public on Saturday, July 21st as part of the open gardens program of the Garden Conservancy. The garden will be open 10 am to 3 pm and there will be a $5 admission charge. To learn more go here.
The 2007 ANLD Behind the Scenes garden tour is on Saturday June 30th from 10am to 4pm. Tickets can be purchased at many local garden centers and at three of the 10 gardens the day of the tour. Specific info is on the ANLD web site. www.anld.com
The Pacific Northwest Horticultural Conservancy (PNHC) is working hard to acquire and preserve the gardens at the former Heronswood property. They have a website at www.weloveplants.org, where you can read more about this very worthy effort.
NOTE: PNHC has been offered the opportunity to receive a matching gift, of up to $25,000., on those funds they raise before the end of the month. So, in essence, we have a chance to help PNHC "double" their fund-raising dollars (well at least the next $25K) if we act now. Follow the link the learn how to give. You can read their Press Release if you'd like.
If you have ever been to Heronswood you know what a special garden this is and what a shame it would be to have it disappear. If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting, I've attached a few photos below in order to peak your interest.
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