Learn, Live, Lilacs! – The Plant Farm

Learn, Live, Lilacs!

Learn, Live, Lilacs!
Learn, Live, Lilacs!
According to local historians lilacs were first planted in Spokane by J.J. Browne in 1906. These inaugural lilacs were planted on West 2nd Avenue in what would come to be known as Browne’s Addition. During the 1930’s the area saw a huge increase in lilac blooms when hundreds of bushes were planted all over the Spokane area, including Manito Park on the South Hill and Coeur d’Alene Park in Idaho! Towards the end of the 1930’s when Lilac fever was at an all-time high, Spokane decided to hold a spring festival and parade. The annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade is still held annually to celebrate the city’s youth and honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Lilacs are still seen all over the Spokane area and hold the namesake for regional events like “Lilac City Comicon” and the city’s annual “Bloomsday” run, held the first weekend in May every spring. Keep scrolling to find out how you can put Spokane's signature spin on your yard!
Lilacs in Spokane's Manito Park. Photos Courtesy of SpokaneCity.org
Lilacs at The Plant Farm
Purple Bloomerering Lilac Purple Sensation Lilac
Here at The Plant Farm we have several varieties of lilacs to choose from! Lilacs are a great way to add color and fragrance to the sunny spots in your yard. We carry traditional lilacs that will produce the big blooms the plants are known for in the spring. This variety will grow into a big beautiful bush that can really help fill in gaps in your yard. The only downside is that it only blooms in the spring. Thanks to the hard work of botanists around the country you can now choose from several different "Bloomerang" varieties that will continue to bloom from spring through the summer. These lilacs put on much smaller blooms and grow into a much more compact bush than their traditional counterparts. Come down to our greenhouses in Spokane Valley and make put the Lilac City stamp of approval on your yard!

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