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!