Kitsap Peninsula Garden Spotlight: Heronswood

The world-famous Heronswood is more than a garden, it’s a work of art in a thousand hues of green.

Founders Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones designed a tapestry, alive with color and texture,

and punctuated with lacy foliage, angular walkways and arched hedges.

You’ll love the contrast between the formal hedgerows

and the woodland gardens,

the architectural lines of the pergola

and the grace of delicate blossoms.

There’s a fountain that resembles a Roman ruin,

an amazing path through the water,

and a carved sentry representing the tradition of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, which owns and operates this Kitsap Peninsula showplace.

Come see for yourself: The garden is open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and fourth Saturdays between March and October, as well as for eagerly anticipated plant sales and garden open events that include speakers and specialty nurseries from around the Pacific Northwest. The 2017 dates are May 13 and 14, July 22 and Sept. 16. More info here.

Address: 7530 NE 288th St., Kingston, WA, click here for a map and directions.

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-17

Tours: Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Click for details.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to Heronswood, the Kitsap Peninsula region is home to two more world-class gardens – the Bloedel Reserve and Elandan Gardens, as well as more than a dozen spectacular nurseries. Download our new garden and nursery guide, then plan your trip at VisitKitsap.com, where you’ll find lodging ideas and everything you need to know for a memorable getaway to the Natural Side of Puget Sound.

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