Heronswood has been sold, again!!

kimka(Zone 6B)June 21, 2012

Burpee just sent out a press release that says

In a statement released by George Ball, Chairman, W. Atlee Burpee & Co., which has owned Heronswood for the past 12 years:

The assets of Heronswood Gardens and Heronswood Nursery were sold to the Port Gamble S�Klallam Tribe, the Native American Tribe that has its ancestral land on the location of the Garden�s 15 acres on the Kitsap Peninsula, in Kingston, Washington.

"The Port Gamble S�Klallam Tribe," Mr. Ball noted, "has agreed both to preserve the historic gardens, and to use the facilities to educate their members, as well as the public, about native plants. We hope to assist it in carrying out its mission," Mr. Ball added, "with support from the Burpee Foundation, since it is entirely consistent with the work we are currently involved in throughout the nation."

The Heronswood Nursery, including all its direct-marketing assets such as the website, picture catalogues and trademarks were included in the sale. "Our rare and unusual perennial business will continue under the Burpee brand, as it has for 136 years," Mr. Ball said. "We have reached an agreement that we have exclusive rights to use our past Heronswood varieties and collections, along with their names. There is no present or potential conflict of interest in this sale."

The sale resulted from a sealed-bid auction conducted by Sheldon Good & Company, which was completed on June 15, 2012.

"The Port Gamble S�Klallam Tribe had been discussing the possibility of purchasing the property for several years," Mr. Ball said. "I am very happy that both the gardens and nursery are in such good hands, since our interests mesh with theirs."

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Betcha they will have a casino up and running before you can say scat.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 6:29PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

It's really strange that they wanted the trademarks as well. Or just a sign of how disparately close to bankruptcy Burpee was. I thought Heronswood just sent out a catalog this spring...not that I'd order from it. They ripped me off on the only order I ever placed with them. Along with M&Z and Van Bourgondien, they are catalogs that go straight into the recycling pile. Not even worth opening them. If you order something 'rare and unusual' you will almost certainly be sent something else that isn't.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 9:05PM
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