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From Forest to Bluff, Shade to Sun: Heronswood to Windcliff

Articles: From Forest to Bluff, Shade to Sun: Heronswood to Windcliff

New Zealand flax (Phormium), various grasses, and a hardy palm around a pool next to the terrace; blue agapanthus flower on the rise. Photographs by Daniel Hinkley

We often desire a garden that is opposite to what we have, but few of us actually achieve that “other garden.” Dan Hinkley left behind a shady woodland garden, not well suited to sun-loving plants, when he moved to the sun-baked bluff at Windcliff and created a new garden that could never have happened at Heronswood.

From the forests of China and Vietnam to the mountains of Sikkim and Northern India, Dan Hinkley’s travels to varied climates and environments influenced the offerings of Heronswood Nursery and informed the garden he developed around the nursery. Recent travels to New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia opened his eyes to an entirely new flora and a distinctly different landscape, inspiring his new garden at Windcliff.

Yucca rostrata flowers beyond the pool

Although Dan concentrated on woodland plants from China and Japan at Heronswood, good plants from ...

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