August 23 column

'Enchanted Eve' Coreopsis (Tickseed)
Here's a link to my column in today's edition of The Spokesman-Review: Perennial supporters. If you're an avid, local gardener, this is probably one you've been waiting for!

It's about next Saturday's fall plant sale, which is put on by the Friends of Manito. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., just east of Manito Park's Gaiser Conservatory, 4 W. 21st Ave., Spokane.

This year, there are two big changes: all customers get in at 8 a.m. but TFM members now get a 10 percent discount on their plant purchases. How cool is that? If you're not a member, not to worry: you can join up to, and including, plant sale day and still get your discount.

For me, being a TFM member is a no-brainer. That's because the proceeds raised from sales like these go right back into Manito Park. This is a great way to support your community because Manito is everyone's park... it's not just for those who live on the south side of town!

There will be almost 20,000 plants available at the sale. Wow. In addition, the 2016 Manito Park calendar will be for sale as well as cards with scenes from this beautiful park. As usual, Plant Sale Manager, Janis Saiki, has taken the photographs and they're just lovely!

The Friends of Manito are also celebrating their 25th anniversary. Those who come to the plant sale will get complementary "anniversary cookies" and water. In Sept., there will be a dedication once the new rose garden gazebo has been completed; this $60,000 project was funded solely by TFM as a gift to the park.

The final event is scheduled for Oct. 17, beginning with the 10 a.m. General Membership Meeting, which will be held in the Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) auditorium. First Vice President and Charter Member, Steven Nokes, will give a presentation. Afterwards, there will be a free, catered lunch. However, seating is limited to 50 people, so if you are interested in attending, you must RSVP by Sept. 30; to do this, either email or call (509) 456-8038.

Here are some photos I took of plants that will be available at the fall plant sale. Please note that for some of them, there aren't large quantities available, so be sure to get there early for the best selection!

One of the many beautiful daylilies.

Dedicated TFM volunteers work with the plant sale plants.

Gorgeous Buddleia (butterfly bush)!

Zauschneria (California Fuchsia Orange Carpet)

Hibiscus syricus (Rose of Sharon) 'Azurri Blue Satin'

Echinacea (coneflower)