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Spokane in Bloom garden tour

A tremendous variety of plants and garden art will be on display at the eight gardens this year!
A tremendous variety of plants and garden art will be on display at the eight gardens this year!
Laurie Brown 2012

This year’s theme for The Inland Empire Gardeners ‘Spokane in Bloom’ garden tour is “How Green was my Valley”. Eight outstanding gardens in the Valley and its environs will welcome the public on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 each, and tickets can be bought online using PayPal or picked up at Bloom Moon Garden, Gibson’s, Greenthumb, Judy’s Enchanted Garden, Northwest Seed & Pet, Ritter’s, and Tower Perennials.

This year the gardens are:

Wabi Sabi – Dave & Sue Daniel -1719 S Pines Rd, Valley – Nursery offering a wide selection of Japanese maples, bonsai, hosta, bamboo, shaped pines, and stone lanterns. Enter to win a $100 gift certificate while you’re there.

Peaceful Pines – Nick & Shelley Van – 12510 E. 21st Ave, Valley – Huge pines backdrop lawns, rose gardens, Japanese pines, fruit trees, a vined arch, rhodies and a fenced vegetable garden.

Harmonic Hillside – Karol & Todd Starzel – 3915 S. Pines Rd, Valley – Park at Horizon Middle School front lot; a mini-bus goes to and from the garden every ½ hour until 4 p.m.A beautiful Victorian house is surrounded by over 100 trees, including some very unusual varieties. Set among the trees are a chicken coop and rabbit hutch, a number of theme gardens, fruiting shrubs, and garden art.

Scott Park Place – David & Jane Scott - 13710 E 42nd Ave, Spokane – Named ‘Scott Park Place’ because of the amount of lawn that David mows all summer (which he loves doing), this 2/3 acre garden was started in 1990. The highlight of the garden is the 1200 gallon heavily planted pond that is fed from two streams that come down to it. There are also two patios- one with outdoor speakers for music- a horseshoe pit, an outdoor kitchen, and a fountain.

Sleepy Lazy Hollow – Michael & Jennifer Gilbert- 520 N. Glenn Rd, Spokane – This large garden contains several zones, including a waterwise garden, an area full of shade loving plants, a bee and hummingbird ‘buffet’ of perennials, grasses and evergreens, container annuals, espaliered apple trees, roses, a covered patio, raised vegetable beds, and some rare plants.

Calm Still Waters – Ann & Gary Edwards – 8218 E. Maringo Dr, Spokane – Park in field across the street and walk down to the garden by the river – In two years, the Edwards have built a barn with classroom, kitchen and attached greenhouse, a chicken coop, raised planters, tiered gardens going down to the Spokane River, a compost system and a grape arbor. They have incorporated a lot of native plants, perennials, and edibles. A waterfall on the west side of the house flows to a pool and leads to the river stairs. Their eight year old granddaughter has documented the different garden projects and those will be available to read.

Quiet Meadows Garden – Barb & Don Cagle – 17912 E. Mission Ave, Valley – The Cagles have constructed their garden to remind themselves of the various experiences of their lives. Garden areas depict their experiences in Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming, weddings, new life, and passed loved ones. Starting with a clean slate in 2003, this one acre has grown from having only three trees to having many, with more than a dozen different theme gardens.

Tranquil Mist Garden – Gregg Perrenoud & Linda Bruseth, 35100 N. Malvern Rd, Otis Orchards – This garden is highlighted by unusual topiaries and bonsai plants, mixed with garden art and sculptures. Walking paths and two large sitting areas allow you to enjoy everything, including the long benches of bonsai plants, food boxes, grass garden, fruit trees and other edibles.

Along the beautiful gardens on display, the tour will feature garden related vendors & artists and live music at the garden sites. If you care to take lunch on the tour, O’Doherty’s Barbecue Grill will be offering applewood smoked turkey, pulled pork or beef with sides for an additional $11 per person. Beverages including wine and beer are available for extra cost. They will be at Scott Park Place. And don’t miss the ice cream cart!

This is a can’t miss garden event for the Inland Northwest!