June 5 column: Friends of Manito

Friends of Manito

Here is a link to my column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Friends of Manito have plants for you.

Next Saturday (June 11), The Friends of Manito will hold their spring plant sale just east of the conservatory at Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill. Their plant manager, Janis Saiki, was kind enough to talk about some of her favorite plants that will be offered at the sale.

I love going to their plant sales for two reasons: they have a wonderful selection of plants that will do well in this region and the money they raise from the sale goes right back into the park – that’s a no-brainer for me.

If you are a member of the Friends of Manito, you can get in two hours early – at 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. – which gives you the best selection. If you aren’t a member, you can still become one on the day of the sale and get in early. How’s that for a deal?

Memberships start at as low as $24 per year if you’re a student or a senior and regular individual memberships are just $30 a year. It’s nice to support Manito Park, which is truly a gem for our city.

The photo above is of a Lewisia, another perennial being offered at the plant sale.

If you go to The Friends of Manito web site, you can view photos of the plants as well as a database that lists all of the plants being offered at the sale. Now is the time to take stock of what your flower beds need and make that shopping list ahead of time so you can quickly snag the plants when you get there!