The Seattle P-I reports that Heronswood, the Dan Hinkley garden that was the site of his nursery, is still up for sale. The Pacific Northwest Horticultural Conservancy, which was formed for the purpose of buying the Heronswood garden, has officially abandoned their efforts. According to a notice on their website, they ordered a feasibility study and found that they simply wouldn’t be able to pull it off.
The key findings of the feasibility study pointed to some
insurmountable limiting factors: too much time had passed since the
initial closing of the garden, and there was no longer sufficient
community interest and financial support to move forward.
Additionally, in these two years the economic climate has worsened,
impacting fundraising efforts negatively.
Heronswood owner George Ball, who wrote in 2006 that he thought $11 million was a fair price for the property, now says that his price was lowered to $2.7 million for the PNHC. He says that he is "personally committed to trying to find a buyer who will maintain the magnificent Heronswood Gardens," although he remains concerned "that a prospective buyer might choose not to continue to maintain the gardens in the same manner…"
The saga continues….