Sept. 1 column

Wow, the first day of September! How did it get here so quickly?

Here is a link to my column in today's edition of The Spokesman-Review: Friends of Manito look to dazzle with new colors. It is about the Friends of Manito fall plant sale which will be held next Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are a member of TFM, you can shop early at 8 a.m. to get the best selection. And if you want to become a member, not to worry: you can join on Saturday morning.

For this column, I interviewed plant sale manager Janis Saiki to get her take on some of the most stunning plants that will be available.

The TFM plant sales are always well-attended because gardeners know that Janis has done an excellent job of selecting plants that will do well in our area. But more than that, they know those plants will add a lot to the landscape because of their flower or foliage colors, unusual textures or just because they look darned cool in the garden!

Going to the TFM sale is a no-brainer for me because the money I spend at the sale goes right back into Spokane's beloved Manito Park, which is truly a gem. We recently had visitors from England and had fun taking them to Manito. They absolutely loved it. Duncan Gardens looks so beautiful right now and is so colorful. So while you're at the sale, be sure to take some extra time to enjoy the beauty of the park while it's at its peak.

Manito Park is located on Spokane's South Hill at 4 W. 21st Ave. and the sale will be held just east of the Gaiser Conservatory, near Duncan Gardens. For more information, go to TFM's website,

If you're wondering what type of plant is pictured above, it is a type of Rudbeckia.