Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium

I’ve long maintained that the Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium is the most fun a gardener can have in a day… and I still stand by my words!

Scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., this day of gardening education and fun is sponsored by the Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County (Wash.) as a fundraiser for the Master Gardener program.

Here’s how it works:

You get to choose 4 classes out of a total of 12 offerings. The day includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch and plenty of door prize opportunities. There will also be a selection of excellent gardening books available for purchase.

The keynote address (“Finding Resilience in the Garden”) will be delivered by Gloria Flora. Here are the class options:

Morning Session I (8:30-9:45 a.m.)
“Between a Rock and a Hardscape” with Kurt Madison (dress up that outdoor eyesore)
“That Old Black Magic” with Gloria Flora (biochar)
“The Kindest Cut” with Ben Kappen (proper pruning techniques)
Morning Session II (10-11:15 a.m.)
“Nature Study” with Barbara Safranek (naturalistic elements for your garden)
“Total Buzzkill?” with Dr. Steve Sheppard (insecticide dangers for honeybees)
“As the Worm Turns” with Jeff Wood (vermiculture/worm composting)


Afternoon Session III (1:15-2:30 p.m.)
“The Perfect Storm” with Amanda Parrish (storm gardens)
“A Honey of a Habitat” with columnist Susan Mulvihill (attracting pollinators and beneficial insects)
“Berried Treasure” with Linda Wasko DeVetter (berry production)


Afternoon Session IV (2:45-4 p.m.)
“Lawn Gone” with Kris Moberg-Hendron (lawn alternatives)
“The Bold & The Beautiful” with Madonna Luers (attracting desirable wildlife)
“You Say Goodbye & I say ALOE!” with Eva Lusk (world of succulents)


Don’t these classes get you all excited? For more helpful descriptions, view the flyer on the Master Gardener Foundation’s website.

So where will this be held and what’s the cost? The venue is CenterPlace at 2426 N. Discovery Place in Spokane Valley. The cost is $75. I hope to see you there — we’ll have great fun together!!