The District office sits on a two-acre parcel known as the Green Zone, located between SCD and the WSU-Spokane County Extension Office. The Green Zone is an outdoor public learning center that made its debut at the 1996 Spokane County Interstate Fair. The permanent location was decided on in 1997.
There are several outdoor displays that demonstrate:
- Water conservation with a xeriscaping (drought-tolerant) landscape design
- Energy conservation with an alternative lighting display
- Waste reduction with a compost area and through the use of varied recycled materials throughout the area
- Proper street tree selection with a demonstration of space and width requirements that trees need at maturity; displays of suitable street trees of varying sizes and species
- Plant-friendly pathways with permeable pavers that allow for foot, vehicle and bicycle traffic while letting water percolate to the ground below
The Green Zone is open to the public at any time for self-guided tours. If you would like a detailed tour, or if you have a group that would enjoy participating in a field trip or workshop at the Green Zone, contact Ann Murphy to schedule your visit. Information on group tours can be found here.
The WSU-Spokane County Extension Office houses several offices, including the Master Gardener Clinic, which offers an Indoor Resource Center and Master Gardener volunteers to assist with plant care and pest management issues. They are conveniently located at 222 North Havana Street, just across the parking lot from the SCD office.
The Indoor Resource Center offers interactive displays and a variety of resource materials including books, guides, fact sheets, brochures and electronic media on plant identification, pests and diseases, weeds, landscape trees and shrubs, perennials, grasses and groundcovers, native plants, greenhouses, plant propagation and many other horticulture topics.
The hours for the Indoor Resource Center are the same as the Master Gardener Clinic, and can vary seasonally. They are typically open Monday through Thursday from 9a-3pm, and Friday from 9a-1pm; it is best to call ahead at 477-2048. Questions about the Green Zone can be directed to Ann Murphy or Stacey Selcho.