Dan Hinkley is a modern-day plant explorer and collector. Washington State’s Puget Sound is where he cultivates a 6.5 acre of a south-facing bluff overlooking the Salish Sea aptly named Windcliff. Hinkley will share principles of good horticulture gathered from more than five decades of gardening, share memories associated with the many plants in his garden collected from around the world, and inspire us to dream big in whatever garden space we have.
Plant explorer Dan Hinkley will inspire us to dream big as he walks us through his latest book, Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants and Gardens. This new book follows the course of Hinkley’s plant-obsessed life as he developed his latest garden on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound in Indianola, Washington. As he reflects on his incredible property, he also reflects upon the principles of good horticulture gathered from over five decades of gardening. Hinkley also shares the memories associated with many of the plants in his garden, from far flung reaches of the world, and the many giants in the world of gardening who have influenced his life and approach to the craft.
Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens by Daniel J. Hinkley – $31.50
Windcliff is the private home and garden of Robert Jones and Daniel Hinkley, sitting on a south facing high bluff overlooking Puget Sound near Indianola, Washington. Jones, an architect, designed and managed building of the house while Hinkley set about to make his second garden, his first to accept a palette of Mediterranean taxa. Though a work in progress, the structural elements, many raised by Hinkley from seeds or cuttings from his many trips abroad spanning three decades, are achieving maturity while providing the guts for a garden that spans four seasons.
Here’s another lesson from the book: You accumulate gardening knowledge not by Googling but by growing things and seeing what works, what doesn’t. This process doesn’t stop, even for experts.