Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on their storied exploration of the uncharted western United States in May 1804. Although they didn't really know what they were looking for or what they might find, they set out on their ambitious pursuit with an equal mix of enthusiasm and determination. The results were historic.
Dan Hinkley reminds me of a modern-day Lewis and Clark. His enthusiasm and determination is of a similar nature. But Hinkley knows exactly what he is looking for — plants. Specifically, plants for gardens.
For those who do not know who Hinkley is, which is probably most, he is a rock star among plant fanatics. To the gardening world, he is the Beatles and Bob Dylan combined.
A world-renowned plant collector, propagator and author, Hinkley spends most of his time split among a mountainside in Nepal, some other far-off place and his own 5-acre garden outside of Seattle.