Kingston - Heronswood

7530 North East 288th Street


The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe purchased Heronswood during the summer of 2012. In the interim months, volunteers working to restore the garden areas have done a lot of work, under the leadership of one of the original co-founders, Dan Hinkley. The Port Gamble S'Klallam Foundation is responsible for ensuring that the garden's integrity is maintained while managing community events and activities, such as memberships, plant sales, open garden days, and other fundraising efforts to benefit the gardens.

Established in 1987 by renowned horticulturist Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones, Heronswood features thousands of plant varieties that have been carefully documented, cultivated and preserved for scientific, educational and ornamental purposes. Gardeners, scientists, researchers, students, and plant lovers alike traveled from around the world to admire and study the expansive plant collection. As it became established in the early 1990's, Heronswood received international acclaim for its large and diverse display garden and became a favorite destination for gardeners, researchers, students and plant lovers alike.

W. Atlee Burpee purchased the property in 2000. Except for a few select annual events, the company closed Heronswood to the public in 2006. The situation seemed sad and hopeless until the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe took ownership of the property and they quickly moved forward with plans to restore this botanical treasure.

To help advise on restoration efforts and guide the Foundation's activities as they relate to Heronswood, a Steering Committee has been formed. This group consists of tribal leaders and members; passionate Heronswood supporters, and plant experts.

The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, through the efforts of its Foundation, is proud and happy to be able allow the public to once again enjoy and experience the treasure that is Heronswood Gardens.


Jackie Patterson

Sunday, March 4, 2018
We were there yesterday and bought this beautiful Dan Hinckley hellebore! Beautiful gardens.

Penny Hays

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
Lovely garden with pathways for both the well abled and other more rustic trails. We were there for the Halloween event. Well done. Looking forward to going again in the spring and summer months.

Malissa Purser

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Love love LOVE IT! Thanks for doing the wreath making! I love mine!

Ben Shafer

Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017
The atmosphere is beautiful. The service awesome. I'm even more appreciative that it belongs to Native Americans. Press forward!

Michelle Baron

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Booked my daughter's wedding almost a year ago, and now, 2 months before the wedding they've completely changed the ceremony spot! They removed trees, put in black mulch, a backyard fence, toilets! It's not the same beautiful garden that we paid for! How am I supposed to find a new venue now?