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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

Then and now: Duncan Garden reaches its peak

The European Renaissance-style garden in Manito Park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer was planted around Memorial Day of this year with tens of thousands of begonias, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police chief cracks down on backroom gambling

“This gambling has got to stop.” Those were the words of Spokane police Chief William Weir, who was “waging war on gambling.” He said gambling was widespread in the city’s …


Gardening: June garden of the month plays with sun and shade

Carol Thomson is a two-time winner of The Inland Empire Gardeners garden of the month award.


Landmarks: Garden true gem in 1930s-era home built by Rose Hurst

Set back off the street behind large gates along the busy North Market Street corridor is a small house built in 1934 by a most unusual woman, Rose Hurst. But …


Pat Munts: Become a citizen scientist by counting birds this winter

Now that the holiday frenzy is over and we are into the depths of whatever Mother Nature brings us for a winter, it’s a perfect time for winter walks and …


Gardening: Pine needles, snow protect plants from chill

Winter hasn’t even started yet and we’ve already seen the mercury dip below zero. Now I don’t have any special information as to what this winter is going to be …


Pat Munts: Common ants here lead busy, interesting lives

Last week I talked about the general life habits of the ants we encounter and a few ways to get rid of them. I heard from a reader suggesting that …


Liberty Lake Library plans reading garden next spring

It may be a bit chilly to think about now, but Liberty Lake Library patrons can look forward to an outdoor reading garden scheduled to break ground in the spring. …


Hyacinth pots prove to be wonderful gifts

What’s a person to do when the party invites pile up and you need easy-do hostess gifts? Or, you need a gift for a shut-in or casual friend?


Pat Munts: Old book reveals gardening tricks time forgot

A friend recently gave me an old gardening book titled “10,000 Garden Questions Answered by 20 Experts.” It was originally published in 1944; the copy I have was issued in …


Pat Munts: SCC students test poinsettias’ market potential

It’s been cold this past week. We had dustings of snow three mornings in a row at our house as a reminder that winter and the holiday plant season are …


Gardening: Time short to wrap up fall chores

All good things have to come to an end and Friday and Saturday’s wind and rain took our colorful fall to the ground quickly. We had such a gorgeous fall …


Sweet potatoes and peanuts need warm soil and weather

A while back I wrote about a couple of growing experiments another gardener and I at the Resurrection Community Garden were trying: sweet potatoes and peanuts. Now that the plants …


Pat Munts: A garden where knowledge can grow

Normally when I go to visit the Garden of the Month, I expect to be greeted with gorgeous flower beds and well-kept lawns. Not so in Ann and Gary Edwards’ …


Garlic makes for an easy project to end the season

One of my last gardening projects each fall is to plant garlic. There is something about breaking the heads apart and setting each clove in the ground that is very …


Ciscoe Morris to speak at Spokane Master Gardener’s banquet

Get ready folks. One of the Northwest’s gardening experts and general all around characters is coming to Spokane on Oct. 17. Ciscoe Morris, host of Northwest Cable News Network’s “Gardening …


Tomatoes dominate a productive gardening season

Now that the gardening season is winding down, it’s time for a performance review of the vegetable crops I grew this year. Since grafted vegetable plants are all the rage …


Gardening: Start now to prepare yard for robust spring growth

After a long, hot summer, the recent early rains are welcome as our gardens begin their fall decline into dormancy. We still have lots of time to make sure they …


Prison gardens provide food for inmates’ tables, spirits

It’s been almost 10 years since Dan Stockwell sat in Kitsap County Jail, waiting to be sentenced to life without parole on charges of child molestation. Now, he’s a gardener …


Autumn is showtime for arboretum

When we think about Spokane parks, Manito and Riverfront are probably the first two that come to mind. But there is a hidden gem that is well worth a visit …


It was year to try growing two Southern favorites

Many gardeners, myself included, like to experiment each summer with vegetables we don’t normally grow here just to see if this is that one summer we could grow them. Well, …


Fall clean-up prepares plants for long winter’s nap

Today is the first day of fall, and with it come many garden tasks. Knowing which ones should be done now and which should wait until late winter or early …


A horticultural heaven

If you moved to the Inland Northwest from somewhere else, you know how different our climate is from other parts of the country. Many times I have heard new residents …


Garden leftovers mean extended bounty

You’ve planted and lovingly tended your vegetable garden all season long and are ready for the big harvest. Now what? While that might seem like a facetious question, it’s not …


Green lawn takes plenty of resources

We’ve been too busy to mow our small lawn with any regularity this summer. We’ve even stopped picking up the clippings which I normally use for vegetable garden mulch. The …


Community gardens adjust for well concerns

Earlier this year it looked like two community gardens would have to be moved, because they are located too close to city wellheads and violate Washington State Department of Health …


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. …


Gardening: Food forests would be welcome in Spokane

Imagine this: You are out for a late summer walk in a Spokane park. You get hungry but instead of heading to the nearest fast food place you simply stroll …


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 …


Controlling pesky yellow jackets challenging in late summer

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is upon us. Where did the summer go? This weekend will be filled with picnics and barbecues – unfortunately we will likely …