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Pat Munts 

  • Time To Tour

      Some of the reasons that the Inland Northwest is such a great place to live include our great landscapes and the many gardens that flourish in our parks and yards. Perhaps because we're inspired by nature or by the warm summers, gardening rem
  • Urban Forest

      Spokane is a city of trees. In the early days, great fanfare accompanied the planting of trees in our parks and along streets. It was a matter of civic pride. Today, when you read a tourist or economic development brochure for the quality of
  • A Lesson in Sharing

      During the growing season, they gather nearly every morning and evening to tend their gardens. They laugh and joke in Russian and Ukrainian, sharing hoses, watering plots. A few young children run about, encircling their grandparents. After t
  • Sunday Driving

      Summer Sundays mean a reprieve from the regular routine. It's somehow not as imperative that you haul yourself out of bed for church, for grocery shopping or to hit your 9 am power yoga class at the Y. You can sleep in. Go fishing. Park yours
  • Back Yard Simplicity

      Whether you are a gardener or not, there is something almost magical about a garden on a warm summer evening. The air is sweet with the fragrance of flowers and earth. Bees and birds will be creating a little evening music. The breeze may add
  • Harvesting compassion

      If any good came out of the events of September 11, it was the realization that we are a community. And as attention slowly returns to civic concerns, it's time now to celebrate the success of one of our many communities. The gardening commu
  • Summer's last hurrah

      It's cleanup time for your garden. By cleaning up, you get ready for the harvest season and the last burst of color and fruit of fall. So here are some thoughts to get you ready for the autumn. Veggie Ripening August should have been the gol
  • Peeking over the fence

      Grab your camera and notebook, fill the gas tank and clear the calendar for July 15 and 22 and August 5. It's touring season in some of Spokane's best gardens. The Inland Empire Gardeners Tour On Sunday, the Inland Empire Gardeners will hol
  • Blast from the past

      The field of tall grass is strangely quiet. Suddenly a band of horsemen bursts from a pine thicket and charges across the field. Dressed in gray and carrying a Confederate battle standard, they fire noisy black powder pistols on a contingent
  • Buried treasure

      To the casual observer, the hillside above Seventh and Bernard behind the CORBIN HOUSE is nothing more than a tangle of brush, pines and house-sized hunks of basalt. However, if you were to take one of the steep paths that crisscross the tang
  • Arid and extra dry

      If there ever was a time to adopt a new water ethic in your garden, this is the year to do it. Our recent April showers will bring some May flowers, but after that, only wise use of water in the garden will ensure flowers, fruits and healthy
  • A glimpse of green

      It was the perfect respite from the land of snow and ice. Green plants, the sweet scent of hundreds of blooming plants, and chirping bird music in the background made THE NORTHWEST FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW (which took place in Seattle in Februa
  • Spring forward in fall

      Remember early last spring how desperate you were for some color and green in the garden? The winter cold and snow had departed leaving behind the brown, lifeless remains of last summer's garden. If you want to avoid this, now is t
  • Buttoning up for winter

      This time of year, there's always a lot of debate as to how cold and snowy the upcoming winter will be. Throw in the fact that we are in between El Nino-La Nina cycles, and it's anyone's guess. Regardless of what might happen, thou
  • The joy of apples

      Apple of my eye," "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" and "as American as apple pie" are all very common phrases in our language. Be it good health, familiarity or love, all are used to denote something we hold to be very import

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