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Garden expert to talk May 18 at Moore-Turner Gardens


The Friends of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens is hosting a special garden event on May 18 at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W. Seventh Ave.

Gardening expert Phyllis Stephens will give a presentation at 1 p.m. on heritage plants.

The gardens were resurrected from overgrown rubble and opened to the public in 2007 adjacent to the art center. The gardens are a replica of an elaborate landscape at the Moore-Turner mansion, which was torn down in 1940.

The gardens are on local, state and national historic registers. They take their name from pioneers F. Rockwood Moore and his wife, the first president of Washington Water Power Co., now Avista Corp. He died in 1895.

The second occupants of the house were George Turner and his wife, Bertha, who are credited with major expansion of the gardens, including installation of a trout pond.

George Turner, a judge, helped draft the Washington Constitution in 1889 and won a single term in the U.S. Senate in 1897.

The gardens are open to the public and admission is free.

The talk by Stephens costs $5 for members of the Friends group and $10 for nonmembers. To attend, contact the Friends group at (509) 747-7018.

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