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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

In the Garden: Crazy weather hit at start, end of growing season

Is it just me or was this the fastest gardening season ever? The late burst of wintry conditions we experienced from February to April prevented us from getting an early …


In the Garden: Planting for the birds reaps many rewards

This summer, my husband, Bill, and I have been treated to some delightful interactions with the birds in our garden. We’ve enticed hummingbirds to sit on our fingers while they …


In the Garden: Celebrate late bloomers at Dahlia Festival

Dahlias are one of the most prized late-summer bloomers. With their incredible array of colors and types, it’s every gardener’s dream to have a garden filled with these lovely flowers.


In the Garden: Lamp’l will bring behind-the-scenes stories to Master Gardeners banquet

For this year’s fall banquet, the Spokane County Master Gardeners is bringing in Joe Lamp’l, host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS program “Growing a Greener World.”


In the Garden: Eye-catching array as autumn looms

Even though I am struggling with the realization that fall is just around the corner, there is a lot to look forward to soon: glorious days, colorful foliage and the …


In the Garden: Tips to make gardening easier as we get older

I hate to say this, but I’m not getting any younger. And chances are I’ve got plenty of company. As we gardeners age, our favorite pastime can start to feel …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

In the Garden: Sloped backyard is becoming a productive edible garden

When Rick and Laurie Jarmer bought their Five Mile home in 2016, they realized the landscape wasn’t exactly the garden of their dreams. They immediately rolled up their sleeves and …


In the Garden: For North Idaho gardeners featured on annual tour, garden inspiration comes from above

Garden-lovers, take note: the highly anticipated Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour is set for July 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature five outstanding private gardens, with two …


In the Garden: Flowers for season-long bloom

Any time I’m driving through town and see yards absolutely brimming with flowers, I know a contented gardener lives there. For years, I’ve planted flowers of all types, shapes and …


In the Garden: Hoop houses and greenhouses help extend garden season

Over the years, I’ve been experimenting and pushing the envelope as much as possible in my quest to grow plants when common wisdom says otherwise. My two best tools are …


In the Garden: Renowned hybridizer works to make roses easy, even in cooler climates

On June 22, roses will be in the spotlight for the Spokane Rose Society’s 72nd annual rose show.


In the Garden: Expo gives gardeners time to learn, play, shop

When you combine a massive plant sale along with seminars and demonstrations that teach new skills, and throw in free admission and parking to boot, you’ve got a recipe for …


In the Garden: Melons need TLC to grow in the Inland Northwest

While many Inland Northwest gardeners think our season is too short for growing melons, let me reassure you that it’s very doable if you give the plants a little extra …


Raised bed gardening workshop will highlight benefits, offer how-to tips

Susan Mulvihill, garden columnist for The Spokesman-Review, will hold a workshop on raised-bed gardening on Saturday.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

In the Garden: Help children cultivate interest in gardening

All of us have the opportunity to involve kids in the garden. This year, I’m challenging you to do this with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbor kids, because …


In the Garden: Bountiful harvests come from small city lot

Residing on a city lot in northwest Spokane, this couple has 14 bountiful raised beds and enjoys sharing their excess produce – and gardening skills – with their community.


In the Garden: Well-timed pruning helps boost tomato harvest

In my garden, I have learned a lot over the years about what I can do to ensure the best possible harvest – and it all starts from day one.


In the Garden: Versatile succulents gaining popularity

Succulents are truly the darlings of the horticultural world. With their wide variation in leaf colors and types, they have soared in popularity in recent years. They are frequently potted …


In the garden: McElroy encourages making plan, but not being married to it

If you’re a fan of the Saturday morning “Garden Report” on KHQ-TV, you know that Master Gardener Julie McElroy is a frequent guest of reporter Matt Rogers. During the segments, …


Glorious gardens: Spokane group tours some of England’s most majestic grounds

Leading 28 people on a tour of English gardens might sound like a daunting task. And it could have been, except that I had a lot of factors in my …


In the Garden: Spouses compete for precious garden space

I never should have taken my husband, Bill, to hear Ciscoe Morris speak.


In the Garden: Not time to plant, but it is time to plan

It feels like the winter months are moving at a glacial pace. While all of us are anxious to head out to the garden and get down to business, there …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

Gardening columnist, travel expert to discuss planned England garden tour

A gardening writer and a travel agent plan a garden tour in England, and want to take others with them next spring.


In the Garden: Doctor has just the prescription for growing peppers

Jim Gaddy may have retired as a family practice doctor three years ago, but his caregiving skills are still apparent in his vegetable garden.


In the Garden: A love of gardening is a legacy worth passing from generation to the next

When I was a little girl growing up in Southern California, I spent time every summer at my maternal grandmother’s home. Grandmother Emma lived in Pasadena and became a widow …


In the Garden: A guide to help you know when it’s the right time to harvest

For many vegetable crops, picking them while they’re young and tender is the key. Winter squash, however, should stay on the vine as long as possible.


In the Garden: Home visit with breathtaking views of Austin roses

David Austin Roses display gardens, an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon, covers about 2 acres. The gardens are divided into separate “rooms” surrounded by brick walls or clipped hedges. In addition to …


In the Garden: Annual Expo aims to educate local gardeners

Billed as “the show for gardeners put on by gardeners,” the annual Garden Expo will be hosted by The Inland Empire Gardeners in and around the Spokane Community College Lair …


In the Garden: Compost is the answer to so many gardening challenges

If you have sandy soil, compost will add texture to keep water from running right through it. With clay soil, compost breaks up the sticky soil particles to improve drainage …


Hoop house gets year-round use

Last fall, my husband and I built a small hoop house, which is a plastic-covered greenhouse. Its primary purpose was for growing cold-tolerant vegetable crops through the winter months. Since …