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 ?