Plant explorer Dan Hinkley appears at Roger Reynolds Nursery on Saturday, June 5

by Linda Hubbard on June 2, 2010

Is it possible to grow exotic plants like the sapphire-berried dichroas and vermillion-flowered “Desfontainea spinosa” (Chilean Holly)  in Peninsula gardens? You can gain some insight when horticulturalist and plantsman Dan Hinkley appears on Saturday, June 5, from 4:oo to 5:oo p.m. in The Redwood Grove at Roger Reynolds Nursery in Menlo Park.

Hinkley, author of The Explorer’s Garden and founder of the original Heronswood Nursery (which closed in 2006), has scoured the globe in pursuit of botanical treasure. He’ll be talking about the perennials, shrubs and vines – collected on his plant-collecting trips to Chile, Costa Rica, South Africa, Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, India, New Zealand, Europe, and North America – most suitable for Peninsula gardens.  Attendees will learn about little-known exotics as well as more familiar plants,  such as witch hazels, hydrangeas, and sassafras.

Seating is limited; tickets are $15. You can  reserve by calling Maaike at 650-323-5612,  extension 17, or emailing her at


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