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Er, these were all taken this afternoon (8/25/17), the first day i took the camera with me.

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Goli, that is beautiful!! :wow:

(we are commenting here, right? we are so few, i think we can keep it cosy :wink:)

(I am really happy the update has such unexpected bonusses!)

I read the history of this place when you first told us about it … sad with a happy ending, indeed! Such a gorgeous place …

 

 

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Definitely we are commenting here :up:  i loved Heronswood when i first discovered it, not too long after i had moved up here from the Bay Area  - twenty years ago.  It was a huge disappointment when it was closed and gutted - Burpee sold everything they could make any $$$s off of.  And although it was a huge relief when it was the tribe that got the property at auction, they weren't entirely sure what they had bought - i suspect that they just wanted to protect the land.  They had reached out for help/suggestions, and i'm not quite sure how/when Dan Hinkley got back involved, but of course that was the real turning point.  There were many  people who  were very fond of Heronswood - i was talking to a lovely lady tribal member who works there, and she told me a complete stranger had HUGGED her, and thanked her (that was after i told her yesterday that a very nice old couple had mentioned they were going to write the tribe a thank-you letter).  That had evidently startled her at the time, but very pleasantly so. They really did NOT know what a reputation Heronswood had had back in the day.  So, this has been wonderful for a lot of people. 

Even for some i am not so fond of myself :crit: - i had to laugh when i saw that, after popular demand, Hinkley is going to be giving private tours, at $100 per person, including a box lunch from the casino's event catering business (which handles the weddings that the casino events people also arrange). $70 of the $100 is tax deductible.  i'm suspecting the clamoring for private tours emanated from the Infernal Busybody Idiots' Clownhouse and the Indianola Garden Club - which are intertwined.  Anyway, GOOD that they drop some $$s where they will actually do some good :manic:

 

Anyway, today i'm picking up my old friend from the Rael & Letson office days at the ferry, and we are going out to Heronswood - she's a real plant person, so i think she will really appreciate it.  And i am NOT taking the camera :nosee:

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i wanted to really show off the place to my friend, without distracting myself - she provided all the distraction trying to take pics with her phone  :crossed: that that worked - the light was so bright she couldn't see what was on the screen.

i WAS sorry later, that i didn't have the camera, at another place.

Which i may go back to.

WITH the camera :manic:

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love this, will visit later, need to gaze at leisure. love the gardens :swoon:

 the native trees are like where i live :yes:

 

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