Believe it or not when I am traveling and find myself in a town on a Saturday I will hunt out gardens and garage sales. Such was the case last weekend in Spokane, Washington. First it was the garage sales and then Manito Park gardens.
You must have read how successful I am at finding garden items at such events and I happen to have the transportation right along with me.
This is just a sampling of some smaller items I found. Who can turn down plants in pots when they are only a dollar. As I didn't bring plants with me this year I am happy to have these for the rest of the trip. Then the little wall hangings I am sure to find a place for on an outside wall. Most of the things are already packed away and there are many gardening things among them. I was a truly happy camper!
Our next stop was for a picnic lunch in the Manito gardens, under the shade of large trees, and then a visit to the Nishinomiya Japanese Garden, within Manito Gardens. The garden symbolizes the friendship between Spokane and her sister city, Nishinomiya.
Although small the garden contains many of the elements found in Japanese gardens. The pond is fed by a waterfall which appears from high up between the trees.
Koi swim lazily around the pond.
The Forseen Lantern, a gift from the mayor and residents of Nishinomiya.
Once called the Sunken Garden, but now known as the Duncan Garden, this formal garden is designed along classical European renaissance lines. There is a central water feature and on either side bilaterally symmetrical beds filled with bedding plants. The garden covers a total of 3 acres.
We next visited the Gaiser Conservatory. Tropical plantings and a cactus greenhouse make up the bulk of the plantings.
I love the way this silver ponyfoot was used to drape over the edges of the benches.
And their fine collection of cactus and euphorbias.
There is much to explore here but we were expected for dinner at our friend's log home in Coeur d'Alene. It was going to be a beautiful evening, with a view of the lake from their terrace overlooking the lake.
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