The first full week of May this year brings two events for gardeners: the 16th annual Garden Expo, put on by The Inland Empire Gardeners, and the TIEG May meeting and presentation.
The theme for 2015’s Expo is “Four Seasons Gardening: Gardening- the Reason for the Seasons”. Held on May 9th from 9 am to 5 pm, the event is free to attend. This year there are 385 booths and it’s looking to be a sold out event, so all those booths should be full. This means over 250 garden-related exhibitors and nurseries, crafters, garden artists, services and organizations, with over 60 of the vendors being new this year. Most of the plant vendors from past years are attending with their unusual plants, shade plants, bulbs, and perennials. There is a newcomer nursery from Gig Harbor and a Seattle garden artist. The Inland Empire District Garden club will be having the flower show in the Bistro Café this year. There will also be speakers, door prizes, children’s activities and food! This is the garden show for gardeners put on by gardeners. Also check out the outdoor garden train that the Inland Northwest Garden Railroad Society will have set up and running. Kids of all ages love it! For a partial list of the many things that will be there, visit the Expo web page.
This exciting gardening event will be held at Spokane Community College (SCC), at 1810 N. Greene St, Spokane, WA 99217-5399. Free parking. The Expo Information Booth will be outside, in front of the circular drive on the southeast side of the show. There will be a large map of the Expo there you can consult. For more information on the Expo, you can either email firstname.lastname@example.org – this will get you the fastest response. You can also telephone ViAnn Meyer, the organizer of the Expo, at 509-535-8434. She is very busy with the Expo so please leave a detailed message and make sure to leave your contact information.
On May 7, 2015, The Inland Empire Gardeners will be holding their monthly meeting. This month’s speaker is Barry Hoffster, owner/operator of Maples for All Seasons, a nursery that specializes in Japanese maples. His collection has grown over sixteen years- he got his first Japanese maple in 1999, and now has specimens of almost ¾ of the existing cultivars in the world!
His presentation will be “Gardening with Japanese Maples in the Inland Northwest”.
Japanese maples are graceful, small, trees that are beautiful in all seasons. They all have bright, dramatic foliage in autumn, elegant branch structure in winter, and many are colorful in spring and summer, also. While some have green leaves, others have yellow, red, or orange-y foliage in summer. Leaf shape can range from the solid looking palmate to the deeply cut, delicate looking, lace leaf type. Tree shape ranges from gracefully upright to weeping. Because they can grow in part shade, they can add an extra ‘layer’ of interest- lower than most other trees, but taller than shrubs. Others grow no larger than shrubs- there is a Japanese maple of fit any landscape. Hoffster will speak on the wide range of varieties, when and where to plant them, and how to prune them. While Hoffster will have plants for sale to TIEG members on Thursday, he will also be selling at the Expo on Saturday. The TIEG meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216.