Cabin Fever Garden Symposium

While March might sound far away, there's an event coming up that you won't want to miss! The Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 14, and it will be one of the most pleasant ways a gardener can spend the day.

This is the 6th year of Cabin Fever and I'm particularly excited about it because I will be delivering the keynote address and presenting a seminar on winter vegetable gardening.

Intrigued? Here's how Cabin Fever works:

First, you get to choose your four favorite gardening classes out of a total of 12. (see list below) In addition to learning about very cool garden topics, you'll be treated to a continental breakfast and a catered lunch. There will be door prizes and parking is free, too!

This event is sponsored by the WSU/Spokane County Master Gardener Foundation, so you can expect excellence in education. They'll also have a wonderful variety of garden books for sale, including the newly-published "Northwest Gardener's Handbook" which I co-authored with my friend and colleague Pat Munts. This is your opportunity to get an autographed copy!

Cabin Fever will be held at CenterPlace, located in Spokane Valley at 2426 N. Discovery Pl., from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost for the whole day is $75, although if you're already a member of the Master Gardener Foundation, the rate is $65. Since it only costs $10 to join, you can consider doing that as well, which helps support the oh-so-important educational programs we Master Gardeners put on.

My keynote address is "Breathtaking Gardens Around the World," which will showcase some of the stunning gardens I've visited in my travels. That should help set the tone for a most enjoyable day!

Here is a list of the classes you can choose from:

Morning Session I
Trial by Fire (fire-wise landscaping)
Seed Starting & More
It's in the Bag! (learn about soil amendments)

Morning Session II
GMOs: Lies, Myths and Scientific Truths
Veggies from the Winter Garden (my seminar)
Straw Bale Gardening

Afternoon Session III
Extending the Growing Season
Going Native
In the Zone (understanding your plant hardiness zone and how to grow plants from other zones)

Afternoon Session IV
How Grows the Rose?
The Edible Landscape
The Fur-endly Garden (pet-safe gardens)

To learn more about this wonderful event, read descriptions of the seminars and to register, go to the Master Gardener Foundation website. Don't wait too long because this event is sure to sell out! Hope to see you there.