Feb. 27 column: Tropical plants

Tropical plants
Here is a link to my column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Tropical plants can offer ‘wow.’ It is about using tropical plants in your home and landscape to really add some sparkle.

Next Saturday, Mar. 5, The Friends of Manito will host a free program on floral arranging at 10 a.m., which will be followed by a tropical plant sale. Those who attend the program will gain early access to the sale at 11:30 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. It’s a great way to pick up some stunningly beautiful tropical plants.

I also wanted to mention that there was an error in the caption that ran with the photo I took for today’s column. It should say “Tropical plants add pizzazz to our homes and gardens. Shown here is Alocasia micholitziana ‘Green Velvet.'” However, during the editing process, a copy editor must have thought ‘Green Velvet’ was the plant’s common name rather than the cultivar of Alocasia micholitziana. It’s not a big deal but I just wanted to clarify that. I know sometimes botanical names can be confusing for those who don’t get exposed to them a lot, which is very understandable!

If you’re curious, the plant pictured with this post is a Begonia. Don’t you just love all the cool patterns in the leaves? There will be several Begonias at TFM’s tropical plant sale that are real eye-catchers.