Are you or someone close to you planning to celebrate marriage equality in Washington State with a wedding? While most of us are still savoring this sweet electoral victory, the S'Klallam Tribe, new owners of Heronswood in Kingston, are getting busy making gay marriages happen.
Tell everyone you know - Heronswood is offering to host up to 20 couples on this historic first-possible-day of gay marriage in our state. Not only is this a beautiful and practical and heart-warming idea, but I think the tribe is building up a great deal of good karma for themselves and the future of Heronswood...and they're offering the gardens for free. No rental charge (donations gratefully accepted). Now that's the way to host, and to celebrate.
The details: On December 9 from noon to 5 p.m. the world-renowned botanical garden will open its gates for up to 20 same- sex couples looking to be among the first to tie the knot in Washington State.
As a part of the December 9 wedding event, same-sex couples can book their own private, intimate ceremony at Heronswood. Each ceremony can include up to 12 guests and a wedding officiant will be on site. While donations are appreciated, the rental is being provided free of charge.
While still a place of beauty and splendor, Heronswood, which was purchased by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe this past summer, is in the middle of an extensive garden restoration effort. The expectation is to reopen the garden to the public, in part, through special events and open houses several times a year.
While Heronswood, which was purchased by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe last summer, is still under renovation, and won't debut at a wedding facility officially until spring of 2013, the opportunity to host same-sex couples as they celebrate their special day was too important to pass up.
“Heronswood is a magical place that has touched the hearts and lives of many people. We can think of no better way to show our support and express our congratulations to the gay community than to welcome same-sex couples as among the first to get married there,” said Noel Higa, Economic Development Director for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. The Tribe supported Referendum 74 while it was on the ballot.
Weddings on December 9 will be limited to 30 minutes, but the grounds will be open to wedding parties for pictures and self-guided tours.
Space is limited to the first 20 responding same-sex couples. For reservations, contact JoAnn at 360-297-6305 or send an email to [email protected]
Contact: Ginger Vaughan ([email protected]) 206-842-8922
Doesn't this make you happy to live here and be part of our very generous gardening community?? Best wishes to all of you for a joyous wedding in a beloved Northwest garden (below) ...and, please, send me photos from your ceremony to post here on Plant Talk .....I'd love to share the historic moment and the beauty of the garden with readers who will be with you in spirit....