"Tending Gardens, Nurturing Hope"

Saturday, March 12, 2022

9 am to noon PST

Join us for the 12th annual Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium, titled this year “Tending Gardens, Nurturing Hope” a fun, inspiring, and informational virtual event beginning Saturday, March 12. This year’s focus will be on sustainable gardening – developing the skills you need so that your garden works with nature, not against nature. Saturday morning at nine o’clock we begin the symposium by live streaming two notable Principal Speakers both known throughout the nation for their work in ecological sustainability.  Presentations conclude at noon. 

"Nature's Best Hope"

Principal Speaker: Doug Tallamy, PhD

"Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. To create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them, we must add the native plant communities that sustain food webs, sequester carbon, maintain diverse native bee communities, and manage our watersheds. If we do this in half of the area now in lawn, we can create Homegrown National Park, a 20 million acre network of viable habitats that will provide vital corridors connecting the few natural areas that remain. This approach to conservation empowers everyone to play a significant role in the future of the natural world. "   --Doug Tallamy


Our first speaker, Douglas Tallamy, PhD, TA Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, is a nationally known speaker and author. His books include Nature’s Best Hope, Bringing Nature Home, The Living Landscape (with Rick Darke),  and The Nature of Oaks. He has brought to the nation the idea of developing a national park in your own garden, and helped us understand the vital link between native insects, native wildlife, native plants, natural conditions, and healthy gardens.

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Doug Tallamy                    Photo Credit:  Rob Cardillo 


"Stewardship of our Gardens, our Earth, and our Well-being"

Principal Speaker:  John Albers, PhD

"Our gardens and our green spaces are vital links to our urban ecosystem and our well-being. This talk will discuss the seven key principles of sustainable landscape best practices needed to sustain ecosystem services in the face of global warming and biodiversity loss." -- John Albers 

Our second speaker is John J. Albers, PhD, Research Professor Emeritus, Medicine, University of Washington and founder of Albers Vista Gardens in Bremerton, WA.  Dr. Albers is the author of two books, Gardening for Sustainability, and The Northwest Garden Manifesto, which offer design inspiration and practical advice to all gardeners. He will share lessons learned while developing the noteworthy Northwest botanic garden, Albers Vista Gardens, which demonstrates important concepts in sustainability that all gardeners can apply.

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John Albers            

NEW ADDITION:  Presentations by this year's 'Principal Speakers' will be available by recording from March 14 to April 15 for your viewing in case you miss the live presentations.  A link will be sent to all  registrants.

Regional Speakers

The Focused Presentations, given by regional gardening experts, will be available to view on your own schedule from March 14 to April 15, and will cover many topics essential to developing your own sustainable garden, including creating compost and healthy soil, conserving water in your garden, maintaining a wildlife-supporting habitat, understanding drip irrigation, developing a pollinator habitat in your landscape, the essential role trees play in our gardens and our communities, supporting native bees, blending edibles and ornamentals, propagating native plants, managing rainfall and rain gardens, understanding pruning, and finding personal resiliency in nature. We will note which presentations are focused toward newer or toward experienced gardeners, and which presentations will be “can’t miss general topics”  for all gardeners .  All registrants will be sent a link via email for accessing these presentations.

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