Emmons Exhibit

The Art of Seeing.

For centuries, the artist’s eye remained the only means by which the common man interpreted the natural marvels of a world in discovery. Although the titillating first glimpses of continents and cultures captured on canvas more than just a novel botanical inventory–newly discovered birds and animals shared the limelight–it was the dexterity and prowess of the observant botanical illustrator that assisted the academic deciphering of a massive archive of newly discovered plant species.

Though modern technologies have in most cases annulled the alliance between the arts and sciences, talented illustrators gladly continue to capture highly detailed moments of plant physiology polished with aesthetics.

Heronswood Garden’s inaugural exhibit in its newly designated Art Gallery, the former home of Heronswood founders Daniel Hinkley and Robert Jones, will include the best of contemporary botanical artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Featured will be the work of Vashon Island master, Jean Emmons, who illustrated many editions of the Heronswood Nursery catalogue. In addition, you will have the opportunity to study the work of many legendary botanical artists including Kevin Nicolay, Hemlata Pradham, Wendy Walsh and Siriol Sherlock. The ‘Oak Project’, the intricate wood carvings of Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Nha, will also be on display.

Garden admission includes entry into this exhibit. (Please note that although dogs on leads are allowed in the garden, they are not allowed in the Garden House.)

Garden Plant Sale & Garden Open Days


New in 2018, Heronswood will be open every Friday and Saturday

You can self-tour Heronswood on Fridays or Saturdays in the new year, beginning March 2nd and running through October 20th.

Hours: 10am-3pm (last garden entry 2:30pm)
Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 7-17
Free: For Heronswood Garden and Port Gamble S’Klallam Community members.
Membership is easy, please visit: Membership

Guided tours are available year round.

Weed, Walk & Talk

Since day one, gardening enthusiasts and the surrounding community have been passionate about Heronswood and have looked for ways to help with restoration goals. Weed, Walk, & Talk is a volunteer event that provides a little education and fun for those willing to give a little of their time. This event is scheduled on the second Wednesday and the fourth Saturday of each month under the direction of co-founder, Dan Hinkley. The day includes hands on fun in the Garden and, time and weather permitting, either a presentation related to horticulture or a walk through the Garden with discussions on what is observed. These volunteer work days run from 9am to 3pm and there is no charge.


Volunteers should bring their own gloves, their preferred hand tool, a bagged lunch and water bottle. We will provide coffee, tea and a light snack. New volunteers will be asked to sign a liability waiver and to provide an emergency contact before working in the Garden. The work we are doing requires the ability to kneel, bend, reach, and have good balance. We request that you are in good physical condition. At this time, we do not have any standing activities for volunteers.

Upcoming Weed, Walk, & Talk events:

    If a WWT is to be cancelled due to inclement weather we will announce it on this site. Please check here before heading out.

  • WWT Saturday, March 24
  • WWT Wednesday, April 11
  • WWT Saturday, April 28
  • WWT Wednesday, May 9
  • WWT Wednesday May 30 (Moved to this date due to Memorial Day Weekend)
  • WWT Wednesday, June 13
  • WWT Wednesday, June 27 (Moved to this date due to NW Perennial Alliance Study Weekend)

For more information about volunteer events and opportunities at Heronswood, please visit our volunteer page.

For WEDDING & EVENT BOOKING information  visit www.marketfreshevents.com