KINGSTON, Wash. (AP) -- A well-known botanical garden on the Kitsap Peninsula has a new owner.

The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe bought the 15-acre Heronswood Gardens and Heronswood Nursery business from the W. Atlee Burpee gardening company. The sale, announced Wednesday, was made at auction. The price was not disclosed.

The garden features more than 10,000 plants from around the world. It encompasses some of the tribe's historical land, and the tribe's chairman, Jeromy Sullivan, said it will be maintained as a "local treasure."

Horticulturalist Dan Hinkley and partner Robert Jones founded the garden in 1987. Burpee bought Heronswood in 2000. It has been closed for much of the past six years, since Burpee moved the nursery to the company's headquarters in Pennsylvania.

Copyright 2012 The AP.

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