The Plant Explorer

Plant explorer Dan Hinkley was one of the speakers at the very first Kansas City Garden Symposium in 1998. He climbed onto the world stage by way of China, the Himalayas, South Africa and South America, where he collected garden-worthy plants that he brought back to the U.S. to trial and introduce to the market. His Heronswood Nursery became a thriving mail-order business catering to plant connoisseurs and collectors. Heronswood was sold in 2000 and was closed in 2006.

Hinkley’s two most recent books, “The Explorer’s Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials” and “The Explorer’s Garden: Shrubs and Vines from Four Corners of the World,” have each earned Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society.

Hinkley now collects plants for Monrovia Nurseries, which created The Dan Hinkley Plant Collection in 2009.

He and his partner have created a new garden, Windcliff, on the Kitsap Peninsula near Indianola, Wash.

For this year’s Kansas City Garden Symposium, Hinkley plans to talk about “Exploring Zone 6 Around the World — Plant Exploration in Northeast Turkey, Northern Japan and South Korea.”