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Wednesday, April 24, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Backyard oasis

If you live on a city lot and think you have no room for a garden, think again. I recently had the pleasure of strolling through Randy Palmer’s garden, and …


Cultivating community

Carol Bryan’s front-yard garden stands out on her block in Peaceful Valley. Even though it’s on a small lot, it is overflowing with colorful plants. “My passion is flowers and …


In the Garden: Easygoing daylillies provide color, cheer almost anywhere

While I grow a wide variety of interesting perennials, I must admit the toughest ones are my favorites. I’m talking about coneflowers, Shasta daisies, sedums, black-eyed Susans and, especially, daylilies. …


In the Garden: Contain tomatoes, not excitement

It should come as no surprise that tomatoes are the most-planted crop in vegetable gardens. If you have a small garden, or perhaps no growing space at all, that doesn’t …


Working smart keeps body happy

Gardening benefits us in many ways. We get to reap delicious fruits and vegetables, it brings us peace and it’s a great way to burn some calories. Unfortunately, it can …


Heirloom seeds bear benefits of history

When perusing seed catalogs or seed displays, we often see the terms “hybrid,” “open-pollinated” and “heirloom.” It’s important to understand what they mean. Hybrids are produced by cross-pollinating two plants …


Raised beds keep garden tidy, give roots room to thrive

In 1981, I read an article that significantly impacted the way I had been growing vegetables. The topic was raised-bed gardening, which I’d never heard of, but it sure sounded …


In the Garden: Seed catalogs offer fruit, veggie varieties

One of my favorite winter pastimes is curling up next to the fire with a stack of seed catalogs. I particularly enjoy reading about the newest vegetable varieties because it’s …


In the Garden: Backyard oasis

When Lynn Meyers first told me about her unusual garden, I was intrigued. “The challenging part is that I have no backyard, only a giant multi-level deck with built-in planters …


Kickoff to gardening season: Ready, Set, Plant!

Thank heavens for gardening. In addition to being a delightful, rewarding pastime, planning for the coming season is what gets us all through our long winters. I’ve certainly been thinking …


White-flowering plants light up the night

Two years ago, I wrote about Master Gardener Rose Jacobus and her large garden in southwest Spokane County. One of her newest projects was designing and planting a moon garden. …


Friends of Manito look to dazzle with new colors

Whenever I walk through my garden, there are a lot of plants that really stand out. So many of them have come from past Friends of Manito plant sales, and …


A deer-resistant, drought-tolerant hummingbird haven

Janice Sather was a frustrated gardener while living in Alaska. The short growing season and temperature extremes made it awfully hard to pursue her love of plants. When she and …


In the Garden: Be prepared when insects invade

There sure are a lot of insects out there. While some of them are the good guys, many apparently think you planted a garden just for them. What’s a gardener …


Northland Rosarium owner found inspiration abroad for her gardens

When you hear the words “English garden,” many pictures come to mind. After all, we Americans have been fascinated with them for centuries. Carol Newcomb has been to England twice …


Tour lets visitors in on shade garden secrets

Next Sunday, five gardens on Spokane’s South Hill will be open to the public for the first time as part of this year’s “Other Gardeners’ Edens” garden tour. The tour …


Space-saving containers allow for plenty of garden variety

If you’ve always wanted to grow a vegetable garden but just don’t have the space, container gardening is an ideal solution. It was three years ago that Marilyn Lloyd embarked …


Ponds, streams can make real splash

If you want to take your landscape to a whole new level, consider adding a pond, stream or waterfall. The splashing sounds, reflections on the water and flashy fish are …


In the Garden: Changes leave more time to smell the roses

Do you have loads of time for gardening? Neither do I. It never hurts to rethink how we do things so we’ll have more time for the fun aspects of …


In the Garden: CdA tour lets visitors explore others’ labors

One of the high points of summer is the Coeur d’Alene Garden Club’s annual garden tour. It will feature five gardens in Coeur d’Alene, Dalton Gardens and Hayden, and is …


More raised beds allow for new veggie varieties

The weather is always a gardener’s biggest challenge. After all of the temperature extremes this spring, it’s no wonder some of our plants are looking a little stressed. The vegetable …


Roses take center stage on Saturday

Would you like to spend a day in the country, surrounded by beautiful, fragrant roses? If we add in some live jazz, beautiful formal gardens and arts and crafts vendors, …


Some incredible stops along this year’s Spokane in Bloom tour

We are now embarking upon the season when generous gardeners open their beautiful gardens to the public. The Spokane in Bloom garden tour on Saturday is first up, showcasing six …


In the Garden: Friends of Manito ready to help you spring forward

Are you ready for some serious plant shopping? The Friends of Manito spring plant sale is Saturday and the more organized you are, the more likely you are to score …


In the Garden: Bright and easy, zinnias are annual favorite

Even though there are a lot of appealing annual flowers on the market, zinnias have always been my favorite. I love their bright colors, their easy-care nature and that they …


In the Garden: Green thumbs unite to run Greenhouse

Brian Green’s life is all about plants these days. As greenhouse management instructor at Spokane Community College, he teaches students all aspects of managing greenhouse operations and growing a variety …


Gardening box easy to build and will add instant flair

Attention, do-it- yourselfers: would you like to make an eye-catching project for your garden space? Vertical succulent gardens look fabulous on decks, patios and in the garden, and are not …


In the Garden: Oriental lilies are beautiful, easy to grow

When Oriental lilies are in bloom, they quickly become the center of attention in a garden. With their exquisite blossoms and exotic fragrance, they truly add a wow factor wherever …


In the Garden: Artichokes require new seedlings each year here

Whenever someone hears I’m growing artichokes, their response is always the same: “Artichokes?! You can grow them here?” Yes, absolutely you can grow artichokes in the Inland Northwest but you …


In the Garden: Focus on tomatoes after frost fear fades

If you were to take a poll on everyone’s favorite veggie to grow, tomatoes would win it hands down. Once you’ve tasted a sun-ripened, homegrown tomato, you’ll want to dedicate …