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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 …


In the Garden: Why your hopes were squashed

Last year, I received quite a few emails from readers wondering why their summer squash plants weren’t producing. Some plants started to develop a squash only to have it shrivel …


In the Garden: It’s a cool time to grow potatoes again

Potatoes are one of the most enjoyable cool-season crops to grow. Not only are the plants attractive but it’s also great fun to dig for buried treasure in the fall. …


In the Garden: Start with crops that like to stay cool

It’s almost time to start planting cool-season crops. These veggies can be planted in early spring as soon as the soil is dry enough to be worked with. How do …


Already wide, varied, legend of orchids sure to grow larger

Did you know that the vanilla extract we commonly use in baking comes from an orchid plant? Or that some orchids employ sneaky methods to get pollinated? You will learn …


In the Garden: So many veggies, so little time

When it comes to choosing veggie seeds to grow in my garden, I have a terrible time narrowing it down to a select few. After all, the photographs in the …


In the Garden: The seeds of success

Your calendar might say it’s still winter but mine says it’s time to get started on the 2013 garden season. Starting today, these columns will run every Sunday until it’s …


New products dazzle at Northwest garden show

I’ve recently returned from the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which is each February at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The show is the perfect antidote to the …


Time is ripe to give final grades on garden

The chill in the air and changing leaf colors are signaling that another gardening season is coming to an end. We all feel a sense of urgency as we try …


Struggle with houseplants? Give African violets a try

While it’s true that I have quite a few houseplants, it’s fair to say that my strengths lie in growing plants outdoors. Give me a vegetable plant or a perennial …


Grafted tomatoes prove worthy of diverse climates

Gardeners love to grow their own tomatoes. But here in the Inland Northwest, that can be a challenge. Since there are about 120 frost-free days in our growing season, we …