Events: Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium

If this gray, dreary weather is getting to you, this event is just what you need!

The WSU/Spokane County Master Gardeners will be presenting the Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium on President's Day, which is Monday, Feb. 18. It will be held on the WSU Spokane Campus, located at 668 N. Spokane Falls Blvd. from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here's how it works:

There will be 15 different gardening classes; you get to choose the four you are most interested in, along with your second choice just in case a class is full. There will be a continental breakfast, a catered lunch, and parking is included. The cost? $65 per person. There are also half-day options available if you can't make it for the whole day. There will be door prizes and you'll have the opportunity to get your gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners.

I will be teaching the afternoon class on gardening in raised beds, which is a topic I'm passionate about. If you have been interested in and curious about raised beds, now's your chance to learn everything you need to know to be successful!

Here are the topics to choose from:

Morning Sesssion I - 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
New Introductions and Grafted Plants - Pat Munts
Home Greenhouses - Pat Jacobus
What is Organic Farming & Gardening? Mary Beth Shinn

Morning Session II - 10:45 a.m. to 12 noon
Pruning Fruit Trees - Tim Kohlhauff
Composting "Black Gold" - Carol Albietz
Organic Vegetable Gardening - Marilyn Lloyd
Drip Irrigation - Dan Loibl

Afternoon Session I - 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Food Preservation Methods - Anna Kestell
Yard Sale Garden Art - Candy Fetsch
Creating and Using Raised Beds - Susan Mulvihill
Great Garden Companions - Jennifer Tiegs and Kat Smith

Afternoon Session II - 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Growing Home Berries - Vi Tiegs
Tomato: A Troublesome and Tasty Fruit - Jennifer Tiegs
Pruning Shrubs - Tim Kohlhauff
Roses Benefit from Plant Companions - Eva Lusk

You can download a flyer on the class from the WSU Master Gardener web site, or you can contact Anna Kestell, Education and Clinic Coordinator for the WSU Spokane County Extension Master Gardeners at (509) 477-2195. Registration deadline is Feb. 8.