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Monday, April 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Lavender fields forever

Vivian Nielsen runs Garden Gate Lavender Farm with more than 2,500 plants. Not bad for a woman who could never keep her houseplants alive. “A lot of people think lavender …


Project spruces up downtown

Spokane’s urban business owners and residents can expect their environment to take on a more cohesive look next year when the Downtown Spokane Partnership implements a street enhancement strategy that …


The Owens family

Pursuing his dreams took Sean Owens far away from Spokane. Living his dreams brought him back. “The entire focus of my life was to become a pilot in the military,” …


Backyard refuge

Glancing through Don and Patricia Schelling’s picture window to the backyard beyond gives the impression that the couple lives in a nature preserve: Tall pines and large boulders dot the …


Bad year for plant mildew

It’s like a ghost creeping into the garden. Your roses, lupines, phlox and a dozen other plants begin to take on a white, dusty haze ruining the look of otherwise …


Better soil, watering can green up lawn

I’ve been meaning to e-mail you, and this morning in reading your article regarding grass maintenance, I decided to sit down immediately to ask you this question. We live in …


Iris keeps memory of boy alive

Jordan’s Joy is a pale blue, tall bearded iris with a hint of silver and a streak of deep-blue running through its ruffled petals. Named in memory for Jordan Mason, …


Centenarian teddy going to Roadshow

Growing up, Becky Kramarz remembers a lovely old stuffed bear on display in her aunt’s home. The bear, an original Steiff teddy bear, had been made in 1903 and was …


Scott and Susan Miller

A chance to advance her career brought Susan Miller to Spokane, but the region’s weather and countryside sweetened the job. “It’s just such a beautiful place,” says Susan, the director …


Businesswoman enjoys city living with rural accents

The main living area of Julie Koesel’s Spokane loft is stylishly spare, dominated by a black leather sectional opposite an impossibly long shelf lined with color photos of European street …


Recyled lighting adds brightness to life

After the sun goes down, Gene Domanico, age 84, enjoys sitting on his deck to watch the light play across the paths and flowers of his small yard. Domanico has …


Moisture sensors aren’t foolproof

Several of you wrote to ask where you could get the rain/humidity sensor I mentioned in my column a couple of weeks ago. Most good sprinkler supply houses should have …


Bob Adolfson came back

Good timing brought Bob Adolfson home to Spokane. Three years ago, the Spokane native and his family came over from Seattle to run Bloomsday. Perusing a community newspaper, he came …


Flowery idea triggers business

Most companies that deal with weddings have flowery names. And that’s true of Pistil Packin’ Posies. But it’s flowery with a twist. “It took me probably a good two months …


CDA garden tour on Sunday

A drive along Woodstone Avenue, in Hayden’s Forrest Hills neighborhood, reveals a number of stately homes with impressive gardens. Dan and Lezlee Mattison have what is likely the pinkest.


Welcome Home!

There are days when I’d like to make myself at home, anywhere but at home. Do you know the feeling? It’s when the place that is supposed to help us …


Concrete innovation

Few homeowners bold enough to take on do-it-yourself projects around the house end up making a career out of it. But Chris and Dana Oxford are among those few. After …


It’s difficult to turn down a good read

My books, some of which have been with me since childhood, are as beloved to me as a few of the people I know and care about. And I turn …


Welcome Home!

We all want a peek inside. We want to see what color our neighbors painted the kitchen or just a closer look at the lamp that looks so pretty in …


Spring rain awakens the senses

It rained last night. There is nothing more nourishing to the garden than a good spring rain. And there is nothing more satisfying to the gardener than to see life …


Dogwoods get their day in the sun

The dogwood trees around this area outdid themselves this year. There were huge pink and white clouds everywhere! The most popular dogwoods found in local gardens are the Florida dogwoods …


Your best bet: short-season tomatoes

The tomato and pepper plants have been in the stores for weeks. When is it really time to plant them? Also I always have trouble getting them ripe at the …


Enjoying the high life

Moving from an apartment on the South Hill to a three-level home in West Hills last autumn was a big step for Keith and Kerri Mires. Especially to a home …


A master’s magic

Third-generation woodcarver Petr Shiva creates magic in his home studio in south Spokane. From restoring antique furniture for private residents to carving safari friezes for the Davenport Tower, Shiva fashions …


Help your pet keep its cool

Now that summer temperatures have arrived, it’s a good time to think about some of the hazards our pets face in the hot weather and how to prevent them. Heat …


Plant a row and contribute to a good cause

It’s been a pretty good year for our region. I’m hearing more upbeat comments about people doing well at work, a thriving real estate market and more opportunities all around. …


My cycle leaves no time for laundry

When I was very young, I remember how much my mother disliked Mondays. Whether by Presidential decree, habit or tradition, Monday was laundry day in Spokane. If you doubted that, …


Lilacs bring bother-free beauty

It’s lilac season in the Lilac City and the air will soon be fragrant with their heady scent. Lilacs are perfect for our Inland Northwest gardens. They love our weather, …


Gerard and Willy Verkaik

Gerard and Willy Verkaik love open space. And while their children want the couple living close to family, the Verkaiks consider close a relative term. They recently bought a 40-acre …


Treat mom to Garden Expo

Still trying to find a special gift for a mother in your life? If she is a gardener, relax, you don’t have to worry. Just take her to the annual …