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.