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A fall visit to the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden, Spokane, Washington

Fall 2008 031 Japanese Garden, Manito Park

One of the things I enjoy about blogging is sharing less commonly visited but interesting destinations.  The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden in Spokane, Washington, certainly fits that bill.  A smaller garden, well known to locals but not to many tourists, it has its charms!  When I lived in Spokane I’d commonly stop by as it was midway between the hospital where I worked and the library I frequented.  I enjoy the calm nature and beauty of Japanese gardens.  They are places where nature, tranquility, gardening skills, and art merge.

The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Garden sits on the site of the old zoo (closed in the 1930s).  The garden was designed by Nagao Sakurai, a master garden architect (who at one time was …

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“Pic of the Week”, October 31, 2015. The Pumpkin Harvest, Green Bluff, Washington

Fall 2008 003  Harvest Festival Green Bluff

Today is Halloween and to celebrate the season I’ve put up some images of a pumpkin patch and field of ripe pumpkins.

Green Bluff is a farming mesa just north of Spokane, popular with fruit and vegetable growers.  There are a number of festivals in the area throughout the season, but undoubtedly one of the most popular is October’s ‘Harvest Festival’.  These pictures were taken a few years back and bring back some pleasant memories of when my kids were young and got very excited about carving pumpkins or going trick-or-treating.

Enjoy the day!

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“Pic of the Week”. May 30, 2014: Lilac Garden, Spokane, Washington

017 Spokane Lilac Garden

Lilacs have always been special to me.  I was born in the late spring and besides making me a birthday cake each year, I vividly recall my mom cutting a lovely bouquet of lilacs — just for me.  It all made me feel like royalty!  For this reason and because of how wonderfully fragrant their scent is, and how striking beautiful a bush of lilacs looks when in bloom, these have always been one of my favorite flowering plants.

Spokane, Washington, my former home city, has held an annual Lilac Festival for over 75 years and bears the nickname, “Lilac City”.  Within the city’s main park, Manito Park, there’s a lovely Lilac Garden where these photos were taken.  This garden is …

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