Spring 2023 Study Day

Saturday, March 11, 2023 – 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver


$85 for members, $95 for non-members and all tickets at the door  Note: the higher price is only for this particular study day


To register for the Spring Study Day, EITHER

1) Please either send an e-transfer to lizatvhpg@gmail.com  with you name or names in the note section; or,

2) send a cheque, payable to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, to

Elizabeth Taylor
3642 West 1st Avenue
Vancouver, V6R 1H2

Cheques must be received by February 28. 


plantsman extraordinaire, author, windcliffe, washington
Dan Hinkley

Dan Hinkley, Plantsman extraordinaire, author, Windcliff, Washington.

“Four decades in two gardens:
Heronswood and Wincliff”
“In pursuit of plants:
reason process and places”

A Vancouver Hardy Plant Group favourite, Dan Hinkley is a renowned plantsman, nurseryman, horticulturist, author and public speaker. With gardening and botany as lifelong passions, Dan completed a MSc. in Urban Horticulture at UW. He came to the gardening connoisseurs’ attention with his Heronswood Nursery (Kingston Washington, started 1987), full of his wild collected plants, and his renowned catalogue written with keen observation and sharp wit. After selling Heronswood in 2000, Dan continued to collect worldwide and propagate there until 2006, with over 2,400 plants listed in the catalogue.

In 2000, Dan and his partner, architect Robert Jones, created a new home and garden that embraces our Mediterranean climate, named Windcliff, on a bluff above Puget Sound near Indianola. “Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens” is Dan’s 2020 book about how this garden embraces his experiences in the world of plants.

jimi blake proprietor and author, hunting brook bardens, wicklow, ireland
Jimi Blake

Jimi Blake, Proprietor and Author, Hunting Brook Gardens, Wicklow, Ireland.

“A Beautiful Obsession”
“Woodland Plants”

Jimi Blake is a self-confessed ‘plantaholic’, international lecturer, columnist, author of ‘A
Beautiful Obsession’, and co-host of Ireland’s Garden Heroes.
Jimi is also the custodian and visionary creator of Hunting Brook Gardens in Co. Wicklow
where he grows the largest and most exciting private plant collection in Ireland. This is Jimi’s
living canvas where he experiments and innovates playing with colour, shapes, textures and
forms to create a thoroughly immersive experience with fresh surprises at every turn.
When he’s not creating in the garden, he’s working on his other big passion – teaching and
sharing his knowledge through his online courses, workshops, lectures and tours.



VHPG is adding a list of interesting websites, videos, newsletters, and Instagram accounts on our website. Perhaps this will give us a garden boost to where we can’t go in real life. If you would like to add to this list, please send a note to danacromie@gmail.com


Virtual Chelsea  https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/virtual-chelsea

Virtual Kew  www.kew.org/about-us/virtual-kew-wakehurst

The Gardener – A film about Frank Cabot at Les Quatre Vents https://www.tvo.org/video/documentaries/the-gardener

Facebook only

Peter Korn – facebook.com/peter.korn.5

Tim Ingram – facebook.com/gillian.ingram.773

On line zoom lectures from Xerces Society for Invertebrate conservationhttps://xerces.org/events

Margaret Roach, A Way to Garden Websitehttps://awaytogarden.com/

Garden Masterclass with Annie Guilfoyle and Noel Kingsbury, Online Blog and Podcasts


Sarah Raven Websitehttps://www.sarahraven.com/

Huw Richards Grow Foods Organically YouTube channel


Great Dixter Zoom Lectures – next, May 9th – https://www.greatdixtershop.co.uk/PBSCCatalog.asp?ItmID=31488019

The Garden Museum, London newsletter – https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/

Art of the Garden: Dan Pearson – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2w0HILcvLw

Dan Hinkley’s weekly at Heronswood – https://heronswoodgarden.org/video/

Ian Young’s Bulb Log, Scotland, weekly digest – http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/

danger garden, a daily garden blog from Portland – http://www.thedangergarden.com/

Instagram accounts worth following

John Grimshaw, Yorkshire Arboretum

Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter head gardener

Aaron Bertelsen, Great Dixter veg gardener, kitchen and house manager – 

Great Dixter House and Gardens

Tony Kirkham, Kew

Sue Wynn-Jones, Crug Farm Plants 

James Hitchmough, University of Sheffield, Horticulture Ecology and Landscape Architecture

Nigel Dunnett, University of Sheffield, Planting Design and Urban Horticulture

Jimi Blake, Huntingbrook Gardens, Ireland

Gravetye Manor, Gardens Team

Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens

Panayoti Kelaidis, Denver Botanic Garden

Sean Hogan, Cistus Nursery, Portland 

Sue Milliken, Far Reaches, Washington 

Amy Sanderson, Stellata Plants, Saanich 

Stellata Plants, Saanich 

Liberto Dario, grower and tour guide, Greece