Re: Snaps was Re: [gardeners] Voting Soon?

Beulah Mae (
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 10:13:05 +0000

Margaret Lauterbach <> wrote:

> >Either zone 7a or 6b depending on who you believe.  That's why I'm 
> >shocked at a camellia surviving here.  It must be a fluke.
> >
> >Liz
> >
> Zone 7a!!!  Does anyone know where there's a good USDA zone map? 
> Sunset says Lewiston and Boise are both zone 3.  Our USDA zone is
> zone 6 in the riverbottom, 5 on the benches and on average of every
> ten years we all drop to zone 4.  No sevens here.  Margaret

The older USDA zone map shows us as a 7 and the newer one shows us as 
a 6.  I'm here to tell you that so far we have been a 7.  Not only 
have temps not dropped to 0 in the 7 or 8 years I've been here but I 
can't recall when temps have dropped as low as 5.  I think it hit 9 
one year when I lived in Pullman.

Everyone here in the valley treats it as a zone 7.  The nursery folks 
who have been here a while will tell you that plants that are iffy in 
zone 6 are some you'll lose once every 15 - 20 years.  The garden 
writer for the newspaper, who lives in Moscow, thinks we're living on 
the arctic tundra.