The Inland Empire Gardeners

Spokane in Bloom

Spokane in Bloom

Annual Citywide Garden Tour
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10am-5pm 

The Inland Empire Gardeners are sponsoring a garden tour on Saturday, 17 June, 2017 from 10am-5pm. The tour will feature 6 beautiful local gardens on the northside. Tickets are $10 each and will be available the day of the tour in any of the gardens or may be purchased ahead of time at the following nurseries: Blue Moon Garden, Gibson’s, Judy's Enchanted Garden, NW Seed,
  and Tower Perennials.

The theme for Spokane in Bloom is “Summertime and the livin is easy”  

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10am-5pm
Garden Tour Tickets $10
Purchase your ticket here using PayPal, service fee applies - ticket(s) will be mailed to the address provided

Woodland Wonderland

Donna & Tom Mackey 

11316 N Astor Rd, Spokane

Back in 1994, when the Mackey's purchased the home, the real estate flyer described the home as having a park-like setting on a half acre lot. It featured an in ground pool in the big backyard with lots of trees and it backed up to an undeveloped forested area at the back of the property. Tom replaced the rotting railroad ties used for retaining walls and steps with stones. Donna quickly began to add gardens: first a rose garden in the sunniest part of the tree lot and then a shade garden for hostas, ferns, and huecheras. Tom concentrated on hardscape, while Donna was busy planting gardens. This garden features clematis on the pergola and a Seven Son tree, tiger eye sumac, native geraniums, Carl Forester grass and daylilies. A pond with two waterfalls was installed next to the gazebo and the rose garden was expanded with additional clematis and roses. From spring to fall the hummingbirds and gold finch visit the pond daily. A large crane sculpture graces the pond. The most recent project for the couple was removing the grass from the front yard, building a stone path and planting shade plants for a true woodland garden. From 1994 to the present, the trees have grown much larger and the shaded area has taken up more and more garden space. The challenge has been shifting flowering plants to ones that are more shade tolerant and using colorful perennials to add interest.    

Country Haven Farm

Vickie & Keith Thompson

205 W Chattaroy Rd, Colbert  

The journey of developing our farm and garden began in January of 2009. The Thompson’s Country Have Farm & Event Center designed with a country style gazebo and pavilion. Rustic arbors using small trees harvested from the land dot the property. A large yard encompassed with flowers, fruit trees and perennials, strung with hundreds of lights, wait to dazzle visitors. Fresh fruit adorn a variety of fruit trees. Varieties of lilac bushes, a beautiful selection of over 130 rose bushes, perennial flowerbeds, raspberry and blackberry bushes offer a delicious smell and sweetness to one’s eyes. Friendly farm animals including horses, ducks, rabbits, and chickens delight children of all ages. An expansive open lawn beckons to gather large groups. These blessings are on our 10 private, beautifully treed acres ready for your special event. Sample the simple pleasures of our farm: take a walk in the woods, see and smell the flowers, take some photos, meditate, enjoy a campfire, and watch the sunset.

On River’s Edge

Pamela & Bob Brown

5312 E Deer Park Milan Rd

Our garden, alongside the Little Spokane River, a former dairy, now is a Certified National Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the years we have built every wall, path, arbor ourselves, planted nearly every tree. We wanted to create a view here, a surprise there, a place to sit there, a place to explore. The vintage dairy barn is the centerpiece of On River's Edge. It was built in 1905, and renovated in 2011. The Barn overlooks the Great Lawn and the Little Spokane River, as well as lush, colorful gardens bursting with flora from May through October. Wooden pergola, gravel terrace, great lawn, boardwalk winding through the trees alongside the river, and arbors and benches for scattered outdoor seating. The garden is always fascinating and uplifting even when we have back aches, dirty fingernails, and creaky knees. 

Artistic Voyage

Janie & Jim Edwards

404 W Graves Rd, Spokane  

Created from what was once a horse pasture with waist high weeds, the Edwards have carved out a half acre garden with several levels of terracing, stone walls and gravel paths. One is lead to hidden outdoor rooms with several seating areas. The grape arbor overlooks an orchard, large perennial beds, open pasture lined with evergreen trees and a vegetable garden where one can fine honey bees thriving in their hives. The Edward's garden is a park-like setting which includes seating areas, rock walls, pergolas, gravel paths all surrounded by flowering trees, perennials, lilacs, grape arbor, vegetables and berries. Everything blooms in profusion! It's a most welcoming place.

Songbird Symphony

Julie & Bill Nesbitt

3002 W Trinity Ave, Spokane

Our garden features 28 rose bushes including the Skies the Limit yellow roses covering two garden trellises. We have added 15 Hydrangeas plus six honeysuckles growing on trellises in our six raised beds. In our                          vertical garden, grapes drape over our back fence which is nearly 9 feet tall (and is a great deer deterrent). Our shade garden features hostas, St. John's Wort, and a variety of ferns. As part of the Spokane County rural reforestation program, three Japanese lilac trees and one maple tulip tree grow along our sidewalk. Pots galore and strawberries, tomatoes, raspberries, birdhouses and feeders dot the large corner lot. One corner of the lot is a designated natural garden blooming with hollyhocks, succulents, bee balm, daylilies, beauty bushes, lilacs, iris and limited milkweed for the butterflies. My husband, Bill and I have been gardening this property for many years and most seriously in the last five. Many varieties of birds including: robins, mourning doves, doves, yellow finch, quall and bees visit our yard as we are a designed wildlife area. In tune with your spirit of gardening theme, I learned to love gardening from my grand-mother and namesake, Julia Atkinson. I have been gardening for more than 20 years. One of my treasured garden items is a sign with the quote "The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth--one is nearer God's heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth."

Serene Secret Garden

Mary Ann & Ken Corman

7602 N Audubon St, Spokane 

Our garden began 14 year ago as a back lot with weeds and rocks, lots of Rocks. With my husband’s creativity, my dream of an English Garden and the sun giving light and life to numerous fruit trees, conifers, colorful annuals (all started from seeds) and the hardy perennials now makes it a place for grand-children to run and imagine and a place where butterflies, bees and birds enjoy. Lilacs, lavender, daisies and black-eyed Susans are just some of the flowers you will find as you roam. If it’s the right time of year you may savor a cherry, plum or peach. In summer’s warmth the variety of colors from the beds of asters, marigolds, dahlias and zinnias can be a treat for your eyes. A gazebo for that morning coffee or an evening glass of wine is a wonderful place to relax. Roses surround the gazebo and lend to intoxicating smells. One can adventure down the winding paths to stop and relax at one of the many nooks to dream or just discover. There are 2 ponds, all which attract the many birds, including a family of quail, hummingbirds, robins, and sparrows. A garden gives you hope and peace. You can plant the tiniest seed and with some care you marvel at the changes and the beauty that comes. Each flower having its own personality, shape and needs. A garden from the Royal Roman gardens to now is a place to renew your spirit.

Gardens can be visited in any order - Map/Directions/Parking with purchase of ticket

Bonus Stops !

Judy’s Enchanted Garden

Stop by Judy's Enchanted Garden, 2628 W NW Blvd where you can find unique perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, garden art, gifts, and enter to win a $100 gift card TODAY only! Entry blank with purchase of ticket


Whitworth University

We have been invited to take a short 14 minute walk thru the lovely Whitworth University, 300 W Hawthorn Dr. The interior loop is a delightful pedestrian walkway with fire pit at the east end and a water feature at the west. The Hello Walkway is a double wide sidewalk lined with lamp posts hung with wave petunia baskets, sculpture garden, sunken perennial garden with pergola and seating areas and many lovely deciduous trees planted where over 100 Ponderosa pines succumbed to recent wind storms. Park at the east end of the campus as well as Whitworth Church parking lot.


Garden-related Vendors, Artists, Music

*Barbecue Lunch Buffet from O’Doherty’s BBQ for $12

Presented by The Inland Empire Gardeners - 509-535-8434 -


Spokane in Bloom Garden Tour is a single day self-guided event, showcasing outstanding gardens in the Spokane area. It is one of the premier gardening tours in the Inland Northwest area.

The locations of the gardens and a map are provided in the ticket/program. 

The tour is run completely by volunteers. Proceeds are donated to garden programs and charity organizations in the local area.

The tour is in its 17th year, started by The Inland Empire Gardeners, a not-for-profit 501(c)(7) organization.

The tour is held annually the 3rd Saturday in June. To suggest a garden for a future Spokane in Bloom, please call 509-535-8434 or email

Garden Selection Committee: Chris Sheppard, Della Meyer, Trish Van Leuven

Email us if you have a suggestion for how we can improve the

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Are We?

The Spokane in Bloom is sponsored by The Inland Empire Gardeners, an all-volunteer, nonprofit group established in 1994.

How Many Gardens Are on the Tour?

Each year, the garden tour board selects 4 to 6 of Spokane's finest gardens representing a variety of styles, sizes, and design concepts. Our tour is highly regarded for the quality and diversity of the gardens it showcases. Over the years, more than 50 private gardens have been opened to the public for the tour and many of the owners have also continued to participate by serving as volunteers in various roles.

How Many People Attend the Tour?

The number of tickets, each of which is numbered and controlled, is limited to 1,000. We make every effort to make this a thoroughly enjoyable and safe event for both the garden owners and the tour patrons. We station our trained volunteers at each garden to direct parking, control access, manage traffic flow, and provide information. Areas off limits to the tour for safety and/or privacy reasons are clearly indicated.

I received my program but where is my ticket?
ANSWER: Your program is your ticket to the Spokane in Bloom Garden Tour.

Are children allowed? Are children admitted free?
ANSWER: It is our policy that children are welcome to come to the garden tour, under the age of 12 is free. Over 12 each must have a paid ticket. The tour is not recommended for children under 5. Infants carried on a front pack or back pack are permitted free. No strollers are allowed.

Is the tour handicap accessible?
ANSWER: The tour is not handicap accessible. Walkers and wheelchairs are not advised. Many of the garden paths are made up of gravel and rock making it difficult to maneuver walkers and wheelchairs. Some gardens may have stairs and a slope to them.

How many gardens are on the 2017 tour?
ANSWER: To be determined.

Where are the gardens?
ANSWER: The locations of the gardens and a map are provided in the ticket/program as well as directions.

Do you offer senior discounts?
ANSWER: There are no senior discounts offered. Your ticket does include the tour of the gardens.  

Don't miss Spokane when it's Blooming!

Get your garden featured in next Bloom tour!

Calling all gardening enthusiasts: The Inland Empire Gardeners is seeking private gardens to feature in future Spokane in Bloom Garden Tours.

The tour isn’t a garden competition but an event in which to share the beauty of local gardens.

Gardens can be formal or informal, big or small. Plant combinations can be designed by you, nature or a professional landscaper.

Does your garden have a nice water feature, lots of growing vegetables, a cozy patio surrounded by native plants or a nice view?

Maybe an outdoor kitchen might be what makes your space come alive. Or maybe you’ve always preferred a peaceful retreat in your yard.

Is yours an English cottage garden, a butterfly garden or simply tall trees with hostas in the shade? The possibilities are endless.

The club will be previewing gardens in and around Spokane a year before the event in search of ones to feature.

Why so early? Selecting tour locations a year before allows time for local gardeners to be inspired by the gardens in which they are showcased.

If you’d like your garden featured, call 509-535-8434 or email

Gardens of Spokane in Bloom

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