Manito's Tropical Plant Sale brings a taste of Spring to Spokane!

Real Estate Agent with Exit Real Estate Professionals

Spokane in March is hardly inspirational.  Oh, sure, I do get excited when I see the first sprouts pop out of the ground, but I am not quite so naive that I take that as a sure sign that Spring will follow close behind.  Sometimes it happens . . . more often it doesn’t! 

So when I saw a recent challenge from Paula McDonald entitled “What is Springing Up in Your Area?” I must admit I grumbled a little. I just knew other AR members would have posts with great pictures of blossoming trees and a population in flip-flops, while mine would be showing the first little tips of some brave but foolish perennials that I would have to dig out of the snow before I could even photograph them.  They were there last week . . .I swear!

While driving down Bernard today I saw a sign. Friends of Manito Plant Sale Sign 

Plant sale?! In March? Did the Friends of Manito get a little carried away with last week’s balmy weather? Now I must say I am rather drawn in by crazy behavior . . .if nothing else the absurd is good fodder for a blog post, so I decided to go find out more.  

A flyer on the door of the Gaiser Conservatory in Manito Park told me what I needed to know . . .it is a TROPICAL PLANT SALE which is happening on March 3 in the Manito Meeting Room.  I have long ago given up torturing house plants, so it is probably not an event I will attend, but since I was already at the door of the conservatory there is no way I wasn’t going inside!  

Opening just two glass doors transports me from a dreary Spokane day to a tropical forest filled with exotic flowers . . . moist warmth . . .sweet floral smells . . .the soft babbling of a  brook . . . PURE BLISS!  

Gaiser Conservatory Manito Park

Of course, I had to take lots of pictures . . .some to show you how great Spokane is even if our Spring is not yet springing!   Spring flowers at the Gaiser ConservatoryThe rest are to hold me over till Spokane’s glorious outdoor gardens boast their finery! 

Looking for a place to call home with four true seasons and affordable housing? Spokane may just be the perfect place for you!

Contact me today for more information on homes for sale in our wonderful city!

Gorgeous Purple Tulips at Manito Park

Valerie Baker


Exit Real Estate Professionals

(509) 496-6938

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Comments (8)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Guess this is the pot of gold then. :)


Happy for your joy,


Mar 02, 2012 12:34 PM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Laura - Whenever I go in there I am reminded of a "Calgon take me away" commercial! :)

Mar 02, 2012 12:48 PM
Brad Gotham
Granite Peak Inspection, Inc. - Colville, WA

Wonderful photos.

Mar 03, 2012 12:32 AM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Brad - Thank you . . .if only cameras could capture smell!

Mar 03, 2012 12:36 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You did not disappoint, I love these photos, and I have to admit that Ron and I are happily enchanted with Spring Fever and all its lures.  A

Mar 03, 2012 02:46 AM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Alexandra - Not too much of a Winter person, but if we didn't have Winter, we wouldn't have the delight of Spring! Spring Fever is the best! :)

Mar 03, 2012 03:34 AM
Barbara Le Pine
ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

Valerie, I am suddenly in a wonderful garden, I appreciate the sights and smells of the flowers. By the way, I just posted a nice wordy blog, just for you! Thanks for coming over to visit and inspire me to write the blog I promised. Just so you know, the sun just came out in Newport and I am going to the beach with my cup of afternoon coffee! :) You can come down and visit and I will take you with me!

Mar 03, 2012 07:47 AM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Barbara - Don't tempt me . . .coffee and the beach . . .two of my FAVORITE things! :)

Mar 03, 2012 01:10 PM