The explorer's garden Shrubs and vines from the four corners of the world

Daniel J. Hinkley

Book - 2009

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Portland, Or. : Timber Press 2009.
Physical Description
352 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Daniel J. Hinkley (-)
Other Authors
Lynne Harrison (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Of interest to horticulturalists as well as any avid gardener, this book chronicles the travels to remote and exotic areas of its author (the founder of Heronswood Nursery in Washington State) in search of plants. The armchair traveler will relish the quotes from his travel journal which introduce each chapter; the horticulturalist and gardener will be caught up in the main text, which describes the origins and hybrids of an array of perennials, including Azara, Buddleja, Clethra, Daphne, Illicium, Itea, and Sassafras. Hinckley's passion and knowledge are evident in his writing, as he describes the history of a plant's discovery and propagation, his experiences traveling to see them in their native habitat, and growing them in his gardens. The plants are described in detail, including the various species, with notes on hardiness, cultivation, and propagation. As is usual for this press, the volume is beautifully produced, and filled with color plates. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Dan Hinkley's quest for distinctive plants has led him on expeditions to China, Korea, Nepal, Chile, and remote areas of North America.The Explorer's Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials presents the most fascinating perennials found during Hinkley's treks around the globe, describes the assets each plant brings to the garden, and explains how it is best cultivated and propagated.Illustrated with Hinkley's own splendid photographs as well as those of Lynne Harrison, this new paperback edition includes a new preface by the author and a completely updated list of sources for plant material.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

World traveler Dan Hinkley offers a truly unique combination of experience and as he describes and illustrates the most interesting perennials he has encountered while hunting plants in the wild, all of which are grown at his nursery.