2020 Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium

The 2020 Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium will be held at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center in the City of Spokane Valley. The conference will be held on March 21 with doors opening at 8:30, Welcome remarks at 9:00, and classes beginning at 9:15 am.  In the menu under the Cabin Fever page in the above menu, the map to CenterPlace plus hotel and restaurant recommendations are provided by CenterPlace Regional Event Center for the convenience of any out of town attendees.


When registering for Cabin Fever, choose one class from each of the four sessions. Learn about topics ranging from roses to rabbits,  pollinators to propagation, soil health to permaculture, and much more!  Our instructors are knowledgeable in their field and offer new and inspiring information to take home. Registration includes your choice of four classes out of twelve, coffee and conversation from 8:30 to 9:00, boxed lunch, time to visit our vendors and a raffle of garden goodies.  Tickets for the day are priced at $65 (plus handling fee). 

Check-in   |   Vendors Open    8:30

PRUNING:  Pruning Tips for Your Roses
Learn the best practices for properly pruning your roses. You will benefit from Lynn’s expertise as she demonstrates when, where, and how to make cuts that best shape the plant and remove dead growth for its ideal beauty and health. 

BIO: I began growing roses in the mid-70s at which time I joined the Spokane Rose Society. I then joined the American Rose Society and am a life member of that organization. In the mid-80s I became a

Afternoon Session III    1:00 - 2:00
Morning Session II     10:30 - 1 1:30

DESIGN:  Permaculture Concepts for Landscape Design: Zones and Guilds

Correctly identifying the zones for your garden and landscape can make all the difference in a functioning design. Similarly, crafting a recipe for the types of guilds you need to increase your specific yields, can set you on the right track for success. Learn some examples for each and tips to increase your overall permaculture design success.

Afternoon Session IV    2:15 - 3:15  
Morning Session I      9:15 - 10:15 
Sponsored by the Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County & BECU
Boxed Lunch 11:30 to Noon/ Keynote Speaker Noon to 12:40 PM
Vendors Open During Lunch
Purchase conference tickets easily from the TICKETS HERE button link to Brown Paper Tickets OR by calling their 24/7 phone center at 1-800-838-3006.  Make your class choices before registering.

Marilyn Lloyd 

DESIGN:  Intro into Using Water in Your Garden 
Water gardens bring soothing sounds and distinctive plants to the garden. In recent years the use of water in our landscape has become popular. There are many ways water features can be achieved ranging from a tabletop fountain to a natural pond with rocks and plants. This presentation will cover yard ponds and pond basics, bird bath water features, container water gardens, fountains, bog gardens, dry stream beds and the aquatic plants and fish the home owner may consider to use.   

BIO: Marilyn Lloyd retired from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in 2002 as a Cytogeneticist (chromosome analyst). She often tells her audiences that she left one field of science for another. Gardening is a science. Marilyn trained as a Master Gardener in 2008. She has been interested in vegetable gardening particularly using raised beds and containers.  

BIO: Beth is a Spokane area native who owns and operates Snapdragon Flower Farm and Zinnia Designs, a permaculture focused garden design business. Her soul has always been best nurtured while in the presence of the natural world and our human cultivated gardens. She and her arborist husband, Michael, live on Heron Pond Farm near Tower Mountain where she grows her flowers.

Tim Kohlhauff

PRUNING:  Pruning Tips for Your Shrubs
Pruning in the home landscape can be confusing and create questions. How do we respond to the damage caused by our Spokane winters? As gardeners, we want to do it right, but what is right? Come learn why it’s less about right and wrong and more about good and “less good.” For good pruning results, what you need is a plan, some basic plant knowledge, and sharp pruning tools. This talk can help you with two out of three, (sharp pruning tools not included).  

 BIO: Tim Kohlhauff is the Urban Horticulture Coordinator for the Spokane County Extension, where he leads the Master Gardner program. He has worked there since 2008, assisting homeowners and professionals in diagnosing plant problems. He trains new and veteran Master Gardeners in sustainable gardening practices and proper tree care. He was the arborist at the Spokane Country Club (now the Kalispel Golf & Country Club) for ten years, and an adjunct instructor at Spokane Community College. Tim has two degrees in Horticulture from Spokane Community College and a B. A. from Whitman College in Walla Walla.  He has been a Master Gardner since 2000, and is an ISA certified arborist. 

Beth Mort

Lynn Schafer

HORTICULTURE:  Growing Edibles in Your Garden
Learn seed-starting tips, using sheet mulch for warm-season crops, choosing varieties that produce well in our Inland Northwest climate, dealing with commonly-seen insects organically, and much more. Prepare to have your best vegetable garden ever!  

Susan Mulvihill 

BIO: Growing vegetables has been a lifelong passion for Susan Mulvihill. She writes the garden columns for the Sunday edition of The Spokesman-Review, is co-author of the Northwest Gardener’s Handbook. She has been a Spokane County Master Gardener since 2002, and has produced over 300 gardening how-to videos. Her goal is to teach everyone how to grow their own food, and to do so organically. Susan and her husband, Bill, garden on 5 acres in southwest Spokane County.

Consulting Rosarian. Following that I took a test to become a horticultural rose judge. I was District Director for the American Rose Society for six years, Regional Director for another three years, and have worked in various capacities in the District. I am now classified as a Master Rosarian following about 30 years as a Consulting Rosarian. I edit and publish the newsletter of the Spokane Rose Society, and I have held various offices and chairs in the group through the years, currently as treasurer. Oh yes, I have a rose named for me by my good friend, the late Mitchie Moe of Federal Way, Washington. The rose is named ‘Lynn.’ It is a lovely lavender miniature. 

Kristen Zimmer

HORTICULTURE:  Get Off the Grass!  A Turf Replacement Program Story

Landscape irrigation use is a significant component of urban water demand and is responsible for seasonal water use variability. This is especially true in the Spokane region where water use quadruples in the summer months. SpokaneScape, a turf replacement rebate program specifically designed for front yards is making an effort to make installing a water-smart landscape a seamless process and change the local

PRUNING:  Pruning Tips for Your Trees

Ben will guide us in finding practical, healthy solutions to ensure the success and longevity of our trees. Learn about science-based tree care including pruning, pest diagnosis and management and soil care. 

BIO:Ben is a Board Certified Master Arborist (2019) and a Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. He works as a certified arborist/local office manager for Bartlett Tree Experts and is an

Ben Kappen

adjunct instructor for Spokane Community College. He has worked in tree care in Spokane for over 20 years. He has a personal passion for trees and maintains a broad network of relationships with other industry experts to benefit his clients.

Eva Lusk

HORTICULTURE:  The Pleasure of Gardening in Shade

A look at the different types of shade in our garden helps us to choose plants that enhance those areas. Lighter colors are more visible in shade, and texture as well as shape variations add interest. We’ll look at the many plant choices available for Spokane area shade gardens, keeping in mind that shade is often missing in early spring, and varies in length and depth throughout the seasons. We don’t need full sun everywhere to attract bees, butterflies, birds and other charming and attractive creatures. 

BIO: Eva Lusk has been a WSU Master Gardener since 2002, and a gardener for most of her life. She loves plants, especially those that are suitable for our Inland Northwest gardens and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm about them with others.

Karen Chapman

DESIGN:  Deer-Resistant Design

Discover time-and taste-tested design strategies, tips, and tricks that will help you create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer.

BIO:  Karen established her award-winning landscape design business, Le Jardinet, in 2006. She is co-author of three books, Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2006), Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), and her newest book, Deer Resistant Design

(Timber Press, 2019). Her articles and designs have been featured in many online and print publications. She also runs online courses. She lives and gardens on five rural acres in Duvall, WA. 

Barbara Safranek

DESIGN:  Small Plants for Borders and Pots
Today we will look at the world of smaller plants - shrubs, perennials and annuals - that fit small spaces and containers and reduce garden maintenance. We will see how small plants fit in every size garden, adding accents of color and texture and offering close-up delight. 

BIO: Barbara is a landscape architect licensed in Washington and Idaho focusing

on residential design of all scales. She earned a certificate in Landscape Architecture from the University of California and has worked as a solo designer in her own firm for the past 30 years in the Bay Area and in the Inland Northwest. 

Sean Cruz

PRUNING:  How to Espalier Woody Plants for Fruit Production
Espalier is the ancient practice of controlling woody plants for fruit production. By careful pruning and branch manipulation, we can optimize plant growth to produce higher quality, larger and tastier fruit. This method is also widely used to give a decorative and tasteful appearance, especially in gardens with limited space. Fruit trees can be grown in a wide variety of attractive patterns, flat against a wall, upon a trellis, a fence or freestanding. This method works great with popular trees and bushes like apples, peaches, berries, grapes, and more.   

BIO:  Sean has 10 years-experience working with intensive small-scale fruit and vegetable production. Recently having sold his small farm he is now looking at new opportunities for working in vineyards and orchards. 

HORTICULTURE:  Bring the Outside In!
When it’s cold outside, it can be green and lush inside. An indoor garden can be your refuge from the outside world, and for many people it is a source of great joy. Not only are indoor plants a great addition to any room or area and makes the spaces more inviting, being around thriving plants also boosts your mood. A houseplant is therapeutic and gives you something to nurture. 

Steve Nokes

BIO: Steve grew up on a dairy farm where he learned to love the land and was always given a space for his “garden”.  After finishing college, and buying an acre on the same prairie he grew up on, Steve joined the Men’s Garden Club, now Gardeners of Spokane, took some horticulture classes and became a serious gardener. He has been a WSU Master Gardener for 33 years, involved with the Inland Empire Dahlia Society, National Chrysanthemum Society, International Delphinium Society, and Friends of Manito, and a certification of Washington State Master Bee Keeping. On Steve’s landscaped two acres you’ll find annuals galore, vegetables, perennials, an orchard, and greenhouses.

culture's love of turf. This program provides education to residential customers on the multiple benefits of low water use landscapes and supports landscape market transformation.

BIO: Kristen has a natural science education degree from EWU and serves as the Education Coordinator for the City of Spokane Water Department. Her daily challenge: engage tots, tweens, teens and adults in the story of water and the need for conservation. Kristen has worked for the Spokane Water Department for 5 years managing the water conservation and stormwater education programs. This work includes classroom instruction, managing tours, water quality reporting, marketing, planning and design.

Speaker handouts will not be available during the conference, but several speakers have made the handouts available ahead of time.  Click the link for online access.  



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