Spokane

Saturday's Fall Leaf Festival celebrates Finch Arboretum

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Finch Arboretum is truly a hidden gem here in the Lilac City. Nestled between the interstate and Sunset Boulevard, the 65 acre park is home to more than 2,000 species of trees. The grounds are lovingly maintained by a group of people who want nothing more than to share all this splendor with you.

When you come to work at a place like the Finch Arboretum, it's hard to have a bad day. Even on a gloomy day, arboretum manager Kacey Burke says there's no place she'd rather be.

"This is my dream job. I used to work at Riverfront Park but that was more crowd management than anything else," said Burke.

The Finch Arboretum is more than just beautiful foliage. If you've never been, Burke encourages you to venture inside the 60 plus acres. There, you'll find many secluded benches, pathways, and water features perfect for reading, relaxing or a picnic. You might even spot some wildlife.

Burke says the festival this Saturday is for celebrating all that Finch Arboretum is.

"It's kind of like an open house here. We try to lure the public out here for some of our peak seasons and fall is one of those. We have different activities for kids and adults, the master composters will produce their program again as well," said Burke.

The Fall Leaf Festival draws big crowds every year. Remember to dress for appropriately as the family fun happens rain or shine. The event runs Saturday, October 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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