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Garden Expo set May 9 in Spokane

SPOKANE -- Woven baskets, hand-forged gates, bulbs, garden art, herb plants, birdhouses, perennials, loppers, pottery, shrubs, garden books and more are what you'll find at the 10th annual Garden Expo on May 9.

The show, presented by the Inland Empire Gardeners of Spokane garden club, features more than 200 vendors and last year drew more than 15,000 gardeners to Spokane Community College's Lair Building.

"I thought with the recession that we wouldn't get a very good response from the nurseries and other vendors but gardening has exploded," said the show's executive producer, ViAnn Meyer.

The expo features both indoor and outdoor booths so dress for the weather and plan to spend the day, she said.

"People think they'll come for a few hours and then go do something else. Oh, no. They get so wrapped up in the plants, the seminars and things to see and buy that the day flies by. It's like Disneyland for gardeners," Meyer said.

The expo is the largest garden show in Eastern Washington and -- with the owners of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle saying this was their last year -- the largest in the state.

"I'm hoping that (the Seattle show) will sell. We're pulling for that old flower show. In fact, it inspired our Garden Expo," Meyer said.

It's also the one place you'll find answers for just about any gardening question you have. In addition to members of The Inland Empire Gardeners and other garden clubs, volunteers from the Washington State University Master Gardeners, the Inland Empire Dahlia Society, the Spokane Lilac Society, the Spokane Rose Society, the Town & Country Iris Society, Treesong Bonsai and the Inland Northwest Garden Railroad Society will all have booths.

There also will be displays and information from the Spokane Community College Horticulture Club, Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, SNAP's Living Green, Plant a Row for the Hungry Program and Spokane Community Gardens.

Nine free demonstrations and seminars will be held during the show. Topics range from Japanese flower arranging to home composting to growing blueberries. There's also a slide show featuring many of the world's great gardens.

The college cafeteria will be open for food service during the Expo and there's plenty of on-site free parking.

For more information on The Inland Empire Gardeners club, or the Expo, go to http://tieg.org.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com.

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