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The size of a garden has very little to do with its merit. It is merely an accident relating to the circumstance of the owner. It is the size of his heart and brain and goodwill that make his garden either delightful or dull, as the case may be, and either leave it at the monotonous dead level, or raise it, in whatever degree he may, towards that of a work of art.
Gertrude Jekyll, Wood and Garden

Many of us forget that we are saying something about ourselves when we embark on this journey called gardening. The best garden is made by someone who has wrestled his or her creation to the ground and tried to say something beyond the obvious statement: “Aren’t these beautiful plants, and lovely paving, and a well-crafted fence?” Style can merge with theme to reflect the heart and soul of the owner to such a degree that, after we have visited a garden, we know that person better.

In the Heronswood Garden, Kingston, Washington, Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones have created an exuberant garden of horticultural treasures within a simply structured space. Author’s photographs

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