Susan Mulvihill is a freelance gardening columnist for the Today section.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018
New York Times best-selling authorthe Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County’s fall banquet on Oct. 11.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018
When passers-by slow down time and again to look at a garden, you know it’s special. But what makes this one extra special is that it’s an artist’s garden.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2018
Heinz has been “seriously gardening” for about eight years and has mostly learned through trial and error and from a lot of reading.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018
Watching hummingbirds zip from flower to flower fills us with wonder and admiration. Adding their favorite plants to our gardens is the easiest way to attract them.
SATURDAY, AUG. 25, 2018
“Enabling” gardens allow anyone to get outside and dig in the dirt.
SATURDAY, AUG. 18, 2018
Residing on a city lot in northwest Spokane, this couple has 14 bountiful raised beds and enjoys sharing their excess produce – and gardening skills – with their community.
SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 2018
In my garden, I have learned a lot over the years about what I can do to ensure the best possible harvest – and it all starts from day one.
SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2018
While deer in the garden can be trying, there are other critters out there who can be destructive to your hard work: voles, gophers, squirrels, raccoons and rabbits.
SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018
Over the years, I’ve let the seasons dictate when I grew a garden. I’d begin in early spring and put it to bed when the frosts arrived in the fall. In 2014, my routine changed after reading Eliot Coleman’s book, “The Winter Harvest Handbook.”
SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018
Succulents are truly the darlings of the horticultural world. With their wide variation in leaf colors and types, they have soared in popularity in recent years. They are frequently potted up in eye-catching combinations to dress up a deck, potting table or even indoor living spaces.
SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018
If you’re a fan of the Saturday morning “Garden Report” on KHQ-TV, you know that Master Gardener Julie McElroy is a frequent guest of reporter Matt Rogers. During the segments, she dispenses information on all aspects of gardening.
SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018
Sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Garden Club, the Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour on July 15 takes visitors to six gorgeous gardens, and also features artisans and vendors of garden-related items, and live music.
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018
Leading 28 people on a tour of English gardens might sound like a daunting task. And it could have been, except that I had a lot of factors in my favor.
It seems ironic that we gardeners are in a constant battle with plants that grow too prolifically in our gardens while babying others that apparently would rather grow anywhere else.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018
Wandering through all of these areas was an adventure because one never knew what would be around the corner or through an opening in the many clipped yew hedges.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018
June is the month when roses are at their peak in area gardens. This beautiful flower will be celebrated in two very special ways this week.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018
Going on a garden tour is such an enjoyable activity. It’s a unique opportunity to share the joy of gardening with other like-minded folks while taking home ideas to use in our own gardens.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018
The best way to have a healthy, productive garden is by attracting pollinators.
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018
While it’s fun watching deer, observing them up close in your garden or dealing with the consequences of one of their visits is a whole different story. In the Inland Northwest, many gardeners deal with deer on a regular basis and find it very frustrating.
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018
When we gardeners lay out our vegetable or flower beds, we often limit ourselves to the ground at our feet. But vertical space is plentiful and should be considered as a way to maximize our gardens.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018
Because they are indigenous to this area, native plants are ideal for our conditions.
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018
The theme is “Garden Fiesta: Let’s Party!” and if there’s one thing Inland Empire Gardeners has demonstrated over the years, they know how to put on a great party.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018
Cathi Lamoreux says it is important plan ahead in order to continue gardening at any age. “Folks should start thinking about this from the get-go,” she said. “We should always have a plan B and a plan C, but we don’t.”
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018
Gardeners know spring has truly arrived when local plant sales start taking place. Two of the largest sales will kick off the season next weekend when both the Spokane County Master Gardeners and the Associated Garden Clubs of Spokane hold their annual offerings of wonderful plants. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Master Gardeners will host their Garden Fair & Plant Sale in and around the Spokane County Extension building, located at 222 N. Havana St. Visitors will find a wide range of perennials, vegetable and herb plant starts, berries, dahlias and ornamental grasses – all grown by Master Gardeners. Vendors will also offer perennials, native plants, garden art and jewelry. There will be information booths on topics such as gardening for life and sensory gardening.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018
As spring unfolds in my garden, I’m treated to dozens of delightful surprises in the form of spring-blooming bulbs. These flowers are my reward for making it through what has seemed like the longest winter of my life.