Got a Question?


Click here to send an email to Janis Saiki, our Plant Sale Manager.  She can answer all your questions about the perennials we sell and our plant sales.


Click here to send an email to Dave Lennstrom, our TFM board president.  He can answer all your questions about TFM projects and how to use our website.


You can also send us comments and suggestions, or just introduce yourself!

Q & A – Perennials

Q: What is a perennial plant?

A: A perennial plant or simply perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. The term (per- + -ennial, “through the years”) is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials. The term is also widely used to distinguish plants with little or no woody growth from trees and shrubs, which are also technically perennials.  From The Garden Helper. The Difference Between Annual Plants and Perennial Plants in the Garden. and  RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136.

Q & A – TFM Plant Sale

Q: Where will I be able to find plants that produce things to eat?

A: We will have a special table for edibles again this year.  Look for it in the middle of the sales area.

Q: I was so happy with my Garden-in-a-Box last fall. I don’t know that much about plants and purchasing an already planned garden makes it much easier to have a successful garden. Will I be able to order a Garden-in-a-Box again this fall?

A: The Friends of Manito will again be offering Garden-in-a-Box. We will have the following designs for the fall, 2017 sale:

  • Hummingbird
  • Xeric
  • Winter Interest
Q & A – Volunteering at TFM

Q: How do I get started with volunteering at TFM?

A: We have volunteer sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to noon, starting in March.  We take a break at 10:30 to share treats and learn about some of the plants we will be selling. Location is the parking lot just east of Gaiser Conservatory.  It’s best to park on Tekoa by the parking lot entrance.  if it rains we work inside.

Introduce yourself to Janis and she’ll make sure you get a task that’s appropriate for you.

Q & A – TFM Projects

Q: What is going on with Mirror Pond?

A: You should see lots of activity around the pond this spring.  The remaining landscaping will be completed and the path around the pond will be paved.  In addition, there is a floating device in the pond called the MAB (Mobil Aerobic Bio-reactor) unit.  It will be working to feed microbes which should clean the pond’s water.

Q & A – TFM Website

Q: How do I update my Friends of Manito membership online?

A: Just click on the picture of the pink Peony  in the upper right corner of every page.  It says “Donate or Join Now” above it.  This will take you to our Shopify page where you can set up or update your membership.

Q: How do I find all the grass plants you will have for sale?

A: Go to the Plant List page which is under the Sales menu.  Click on the image of the spreadsheet, which will open the plant list.  Go to column “R”, which is Section.  Click on the little triangle on the right.  This will open a window that will filter the plant data.  Click on “clear” and then click on the word “Grass”.  Press enter and the plant list now shows just the grasses we will be selling.  You may also download the file and use your favorite spreadsheet program, like Microsoft Excel.

Q: I am not seeing on your website how I can purchase a Garden-in-a-Box for pickup at the sale.

A: That’s because we are not ready to process orders for garden-in-a-box yet. We don’t have the designs quite completed for each garden or determined how much each will cost. When we are ready, you will see each design and there will be a message that says something like “to order press HERE”.  That will then generate an email message to the TFM volunteers who will fill your order.  They will then contact you and will make sure you are going to be happy with your new garden.  It will be all boxed up, have your name on it, and ready for you to pay for and take home and plant.

We started the Garden-in-a-Box ordering from our website last fall and the response was terrific. Some people even bought multiple Gardens-in-a-Box!