An intimate, lush, and inspiring celebration of Dan Hinkley’s world-renowned private garden on the Puget Sound.
“This is a wonderful book by someone who loves the world and finds it centered in the garden, be it in the wilds of the Himalayas or on a bluff looking out to the city of Seattle, Washington." —Jamaica Kincaid, novelist, essayist, gardener
“Dan Hinkley is a rare man, generous, inspired, and gifted with an eye for beauty that is given to few people. How I long to wander again in the galloping beauty of his garden at Windcliff. Here it is, in all its inspiring wonder.” —Anna Pavord, author of Landskipping and The Curious Gardener
“Dan Hinkley walks us through the wonders of his exceptional garden as only a plant collector, lecturer, and writer of his caliber can—the next best thing to experiencing it in person.” —Alan Maskin, architect, Olson Kundig
“I can’t think of anyone who can match Dan Hinkley’s impact on North American horticulture, and the artistry of Windcliff is his supreme achievement.” —Panayoti Kelaidis, senior curator and director of outreach, Denver Botanic Gardens
“Lays out the wonder of a life spent discovering, testing, and growing. My hope for this book is that it will enable a wider audience to see plants as clearly and carefully as Dan Hinkley. In doing so, may be we’ll see the world more clearly ourselves.” —The American Gardener
“Magical images and revelatory anecdotes and humor abound in Hinkley’s garden autobiography. Windcliff is worth reading for glimpses of the rarefied world of international plant exploration and stories about the making of an extraordinary garden.” —Digging
“This is a wonderful book for any plant person. It’s beautifully illustrated by Australian photographer Claire Takacs… It’s one of those books that is readable, and yes, it’s visually inspiring.” —Growing with Plants
“A perfect book for all those who appreciate gardening.” —Garden Design Magazine
“A beautiful hardcover…and a dirt-cheap way to travel the world as an armchair explorer and designer and is a book that will inspire experimentation and new planting ideas.” —The News Tribune
“Equal parts memoir, meditation, and blueprint for creating your own slice of heaven. An inspiration to all gardeners, no matter where they live in the West.” —Sunset
“A gem… Remarkable photographs by Claire Takacs brilliantly capture the light and movement of this kinetic and lively landscape.” —The Seattle Times
“Windcliff will inspire you, and the photography will get you through the bleak, snowy winter.” —The Spokesman Review
“The photographs are breathtaking, and the text is a masterclass in adventurous planting design as one would expect from this celebrated plantsman, nursery man and plant hunter.” —The Sunday Telegraph
“Home gardeners will be inspired by this book, especially Hinkley’s humbling but encouraging words.” —The Oregonian
“Hinkley’s writing is very visual…the garden is further brought to life with exquisite photography by Claire Takacs.” —The Orange County Register
“An inspiring read about the creation of a unique garden, and also a casual stroll through both familiar and uncommon members of the plant kingdom… Windcliff ranks very high among the best garden books of 2020.” —The Santa Cruz Sentinel
“Some very practical advice for home gardeners… Hinkley’s writing is very visual, but the garden is further brought to life with exquisite photography from Claire Takacs.” —Mercury News
Daniel J. Hinkley is the creator of the fabled garden at Heronswood and has won a reputation as one of the foremost plant collectors of our time. Among his awards for lifetime achievement are the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal from the Scott Arboretum, the Liberty Hyde Bailey award from the American Horticultural Society, and the Veitch Memorial Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. In 2019, the Daniel J. Hinkley Asian Maple Collection was named in his honor by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. His lectures are legendary, and his current garden at Windcliff, on Washington State’s Kitsap Peninsula, is renowned for its audacious design as well as for its deft use of rare, fascinating plants.
Claire Takacs is an Australian photographer who loves to capture the beauty and essence of gardens and landscapes around the world, particularly while working with light. She sees gardens often as works of art and believes in their ever-increasing importance in our daily lives. Her work is widely published in magazines internationally and she is a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated.