Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7:30 PM
The Barbara Allen Memorial Lecture
Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants and Gardens
Dan Hinkley was born in North Central Michigan. A life long interest in plants led him to take a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Horticulture Education from Michigan State University in 1976 and a M.S in Urban Horticulture from the University of Washington in 1985.
While teaching horticulture at Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, Washington, Dan and his partner Robert L. Jones began a nursery that would become known world wide called Heronswood. The nursery produced plants that were the product of Dan's extensive collecting trips. Rare and unusual plants from China, South and Central America, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Nepal, Vietnam, Taiwan, Sikkim, Bhutan, N.E India and Myanmar filled the catalog at Heronswood. Heronswood is now owned by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. Dan has been Garden Director since 2012 and from the fall of 2020 is Director Emeritus.
Dan has written for many periodicals including, Pacific Horticulture, The American Gardener, Garden Design, The Gardener, Horticulture Magazine, American Nurseryman, Gardeners Illustrated, Martha Stewart Living, Fine Gardening and The English Garden. He has appeared on Martha Stewart Living as a gardening correspondent and on PBS Nova.
His books include Winter Ornamentals, The Explorers Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials, The Explorers Garden: Shrubs and Vines from the Four Corners of the World and most recently, Windcliff, a Story of People, Plants and Gardens.
Hinkley has been recognized by horticultural organizations across the world. Among his many awards are the Scott Arboretum Gold Medal from Swarthmore College, The Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America and the Veitch Memorial Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Dan and his partner live in Indianola, Washington where they garden at Windcliff on the Puget Sound. When he is not out in his garden, he is consulting world wide. Recent work included the Amazon Spheres in Seattle and the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. His hobbies include biking, hiking and birdwatching.
You can find Dan's latest book on Amazon at Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants and Gardens.