Sunday, September 9, 2012

Some Things You Just Don't Throw Away



 I think I might have at least a couple more of these packed away in a box somewhere .2001 and 2003 are missing, and the eldest is 1999. They sport a price of 5 dollars on the front, but the noticeably heftier 2000 version is 8, and for your extra 3 bucks you got essays by no less than Helen Dillon, Thomas Hobbs, Jamaica Kincaid, John Greenlee, Penelope Hobhouse, Allen Lacey, Ketzel Levine...well the list goes on and on. All issues feature the fine prose of Dan Hinkley himself, and a look back at 1999 reveals full day classes conducted at the nursery on propagation (two sessions, Dan Hinkley) Garden Design (Raiche and McCrory) more garden design (Whithey and Price) summer pruning (Dan Hinkley) .Glory days. When the house catches on fire, or the river breeches the levee, I'll grab the cats, the photo files, my glasses, and the Heronswood Catalogs.
 Just for fun, I searched Ebay.. maybe I'd find 2003 ? The search turned up a big zero. I googled it. Several results concerned garden writers,bloggers and other nurserymen consulting their old Heronswood catalogs for  reference. I can relate to this, for that is exactly how they are used here. If I want to look up a plant I consult the Sunset Western Garden Book first, and follow up with Heronswood. Sadly I found no one hawking their back issues.  I suppose no one wants to part with them, or there are people out there who don't know what they have. Or maybe it's just me ?


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  1. I am totally surprised that you didn't find any on EBay. I thought you could by everything there, even a kidney!

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    1. I was surprised too Loree..where the hell do you go if you can't find it on Ebay ??

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  2. You should have taken it to IU9 and had him sign it.

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    1. Crap Sue, I could barely stand opening the gate ! Begging for an autograph would have sealed the gawking tourist deal for sure, lol.

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  3. What wonderful catalogs.... I was still in my gardening infancy back in 1999, I gardened but with now real knowledge of what I was doing. Those Heronswood catalogs sound like real treasures.

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    1. I know what you mean Deanne, I still feel like I don't know what I'm doing, lol.

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  4. I know how you feel. I have a Roses of Yesterday catalog from the 1950s and that's so wonderful to read - marketing was quite different then.

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    1. My Roses of Yesterday catalogs were from the 70's; I always loved the tissue paper overlay that you would place on the cover photo to get the names of the roses.I don't think I have these catalogs anymore. Have you been there ? They seem to have a still active website but things appear a bit run down.

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  5. I still have a bunch of my old Heronswood catalogues. I have 2000, 2002-2005. They still make great reading and are an excellent resource for plant information. I'm sure there aren't on Ebay because we all kept them! The 2000 with all the essays is a real collector's item.

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    1. I hold out hope that someone, somewhere someday will put my missing issues on Ebay.They are great reading, that's a fact...

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