World-renowned Heronswood to Host Wedding Event on December 9th

Masterfully clipped hornbeam arches (Carpinus betulus) in the exquisite formal garden at Heronswood.

This Sunday, December 9th, from noon to 5pm— in celebration of Washington State’s newly approved Referendum 74 officially hitting the books—Heronswood will open its gates for up to 20 same-sex couples looking to be among the first to tie the knot.


  • Each ceremony can include up to 12 guests and a wedding officiant will be on site. While donations are appreciated, the rental is being provided free of charge.
  • December 9th  ceremonies are limited to 30 minutes, but the grounds will be open to wedding parties for pictures and self-guided tours.
  • Space is limited to 20 responding same-sex couples. Reservations:
Helping same-sex couples plant the seeds for a successful marriage.

About Heronswood

Heronswood was established in 1987 by famed plant hunter and horticulturist Daniel J.Hinkley and his partner Robert Jones, the garden’s architect. Recognized internationally for its beauty and diversity, Heronswood’s display garden features a highly regarded collection of rare and unique plants and has attracted visitors from all over the world. Many of the treasured plants purchased from Heronswood’s nursery during the 1990s live on in the gardens of enthusiasts up and down the West Coast.

Since taking over stewardship of Heronswood, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe has been actively working to revitalize the garden and create more opportunities for community participation and involvement. These efforts mark a new era for Heronswood, which has been mostly closed to the public since 2006.