As I mentioned yesterday the Spokane Garden Expo took place on Saturday, May 9th. It was my first time to attend and I didn't know what to expect...
The event takes place on the campus of Spokane Community College. I'd perused the listings of the vendors and knew this was not an exclusively plan- related event. There would be stuff, other stuff. This is an example of the good stuff. My camera did not bother to point at examples of the bad stuff. There was a lot.
There were also a lot of plant vendors.
And many not. Anyone recognize that face? It's Mark of Little Prince of Oregon Nursery, Portland represents! Seriously it's kind of weird how happy I was to see their truck in the parking lot and then see Mark's face. Glad to know Spokane was getting a little LPO love.
Lael's Moon Garden Nursery. Not Portlanders but a plant lust nursery! I wanted to go chat with them but they were constantly surrounded by the buying public.
In orange, and wearing a hat, is Linda Beutler of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, from Portland.
And that's Bruce Bailey, owner of Heavy Petal Nursery, from Moses Lake, WA.
I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've driven through Moses Lake and did not stop there...of course this was before I knew about Heavy Petal...
Bruce took 40 hardy Hibiscus to Spokane, all but one sold. He pronounced the locals as hungry for great plants.
This Colocasia caught my eye, of course.
As did this Geranium maderense. I was thinking back to seeing them planted around the Coit Tower in San Francisco. Those of course can live on season to season, and get more dramatic as they do.
'Alba' though, it kind of turned me off. I'm not a great lover of white flowers.
Done with the Expo I backtracked to meet up with my parents, en route I spied a few plants growing near the SCC Greenery. Ones I missed on my previous visit, Sciadopitys verticillata - Japanese Umbrella Pine, love it.
And a few Rodgersia, looking oh so exotic.
After the expo we had a long list of places to visit. First up was Judy's Enchanted Garden, which I've previously written about here. It was wonderful, I loved it and I left my camera in the car. Oh well! Plants were purchased, I highly recommend them. Next stop (after lunch) was Green's Greenhouse. My mom had read something that caused her to be curious. It was a drive, but I always enjoy seeing a bit more of the area around Spokane.
That's my dad, checking out the offerings.
I don't think I was supposed to be in this greenhouse, oh well!
Mr. Goat wanted to say hi...
Look! An Echium, in Spokane!!! (this really is extraordinary)
There's mom checking out a Salvia, S. 'Wendy's Wish'...
I'm not a Salvia fan but I can see why she is attracted to it...
The last thing I spied here, before we left, was this Hibiscus flower, purdy!
Our final stop for the day was a nursery I frequented when I lived in Spokane. It's got a new name, new owners, and I wanted to check it out.
It used to be Hangman Valley Gardens, and now goes by the name Blue Moon Garden & Nursery. I was thrilled to see those gutters lining the greenhouses are still there.
They filled my mind with such ideas back in the day. And now again.
I was happy to see LPO Agaves here too...
Annuals, only $3.89...
And that includes these, Platinum wallaby, I considered the purchase, but you know my luggage was getting full!
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