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Gardening: Trends emerge at Seattle’s garden festival

Last week, many Spokane gardeners made the journey over the pass to the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. I know because I kept running into Spokane gardening friends at every turn. The display gardens were beautiful, the seminars inspiring, and the shopping, well, let’s just say it will take a while to pay it off. There were four major trends at this year’s show. First, the featured plant was the new breeds of upward facing hellebores or Lenten roses. Hellebores are semi-evergreen plants that bloom in late winter and very early spring. With our lack of snow and warmer winter, mine were blooming in early February.

Spokane Valley sewer places third in state Make It With Wool contest

Spokane Valley resident Holly Vittetoe recently tried her hand at making a wool dress for a competition and ended up taking the third runner up position in the adult division of the Make It With Wool competition sponsored by the Washington Wool Growers Auxiliary and the Washington State Sheep Producers.

Friends of Manito will hold plant sale June 3

The Friends of Manito will hold its annual spring plant sale on June 3. Gardeners could find “plants not found anywhere else in town,” the Friends of Manito said in a news release.