Gardeners, rejoice! One of the Inland Northwest’s most anticipated events is back after a two-year hiatus caused by a pandemic. I am referring to none other than the Garden Expo, which is organized by the hardworking and caring members of the Inland Empire Gardeners community.
It will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. The Garden Expo will feature more than 250 garden-related businesses and organizations, informational seminars and demonstrations, and vendors of food to help keep your energy levels up. Best of all, admission and parking are free.
Attendees will want to head to the Lair Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. for a very special event. Popular gardening personality from the Pacific Northwest, Ciscoe Morris, will dare you to ask her questions. He will also sell and sign his latest book, “Oh, La La! Local stories, helpful tips and garden wisdom. »
The Garden Expo, now in its 21st year, is a plant buyer’s dream. There will be a wide variety of vegetable, flower, succulent, alpine, native, carnivorous, herb, shrub and aquatic plant starts. The show will host specialty nurseries from the Inland Northwest and Puget Sound.
New plant vendors this year are Alpine Gardens (Springfield, Oregon), Burkland Gardens (Mount Vernon, Washington), Gray to Green Nursery (Coeur d’Alene), and Noname Nursery (Gaston, Oregon). Returning local vendors include Cedar Mountain Perennials, Desert Jewels Nursery, Elithorp Farm, Parks Place Plants, Pepper Paradise, Petal Pushers, Tall Grass Farms and Trellis and Table.
If you’re looking to spruce up your garden a bit, you’ll find garden benches and art, birdhouses, stained glass, stepping stones, chimes and signs.
Take the opportunity to speak with local horticultural organizations such as the Master Gardeners of Spokane County, Inland Empire Dahlia Society, Friends of Manito, Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society, Spokane Orchid Society and the ‘Inland Northwest Garden Railroad Society.
“The Inland Empire Gardeners is a community gardening club dedicated to promoting the joys of gardening in the community,” said President ViAnn Meyer. “We consider Garden Expo to be our most important community service project and it is run entirely by volunteers.”
The more than 400 club members have extensive gardening experience. They meet at 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month (except December) at Shadle Park Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.
The following events will take place in the Spokane Community College Lair Boardroom:
10am – “Kokedama Art” with Samona Cranley, retired florist and passionate about Japanese floral culture.
11 a.m. – “Mini Macrame Hanging Succulent” with Megan Monroe, owner of Crafted.
1 p.m. – “Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Demonstration” with Sabrina Gonder from Get Healthy with Sabrina.
2 p.m. – “Hyper Local Cuisine” with Ricky Webster from Cooking with Chef Ricky.
The following seminars will be held in the Spokane Community College auditorium:
10am – “The Story of the Chickens” with Spokane Public Library Community Educator Juan Juan Moses.
11:30 a.m. – “Gardening with Wildlife” with Sue Bockelman, The Plant Pro.
1 p.m. – “Gardening with Native Plants” with Robin O’Quinn, professor of biology at Eastern Washington University.
2:30 p.m. – “Q&A Session: Stump the Chump” with Ciscoe Morris, gardening expert, author, and TV and radio personality.
Susan Mulvihill is the author of “The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook”. She can be contacted at Susan@SusansintheGarden.com. Watch this week’s video at youtube.com/susansinthegarden.