I read that Burpee purchased Heronswood Nursery from Dan Hinkley, a world-class plant hunter, and his partner, Robert Jones, with a promise to keep things as they were. But things change and Burpee closed/moved Heronswood.

The George Ball piece, entitled "The Fortuneteller's Garden"

This piece was written by George Ball, president of W. Atlee Burpee & Co. I'm passing it along as it speaks of the present, past, and future in an interesting manner.





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2 Comments so far

  1. Craig Bowles on March 18, 2009 6:19 am

    I ran a tree nursery for a buddy several years ago and thought about taking it over but the inventory would be dreadful in an economic downturn. It’d be a blast otherwise. The best deal is to create a plant. We used to sell a ton of Natchez Hollies and the folks in Mississippi got around 50c on every tree.

  2. Erica Burpee on April 21, 2010 7:45 am

    I can't believe this. I never knew i came from such a cool family! this must be my great grandpa or something… i do look like him a bit… hmmmm…


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