Upcoming Event: Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium, February 17th

“Are you suffering from the winter blues and looking at seed catalogs just isn’t cutting it? Check out our Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium on President’s Day, February 17th, 2014. Once again, it will be at WSU Spokane, just east of downtown. The day starts with a keynote address by Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty, who is here to talk about good pruning vs bad, bad pruning. As always, we will provide a continental breakfast, a box lunch from Christ Kitchen, a goodie bag and door prizes.

This year we have brought in new speakers and new topics to cater to every gardener! Interested in urban chickens? Want to learn more about protecting our pollinators? How about Organic Gardening with Spokesman-Review gardening columnist Susan Mulvihill? We’ll even end the day with a panel discussion of how to keep your garden looking good after your motivation has gone to the lake.

Spend the day connecting with other local gardeners and learning something new! You can check out the brochure and register at: http://www.mgfsc.org/Cabin_Fever.html. “

Tim K and Jennifer T, Pruning

2012 Cabin Fever Class


4-H Saturday Morning Breakfast with Mrs. Clause

Don’t forget to come to breakfast this Saturday, Dec. 14th, from 8:00-10:00 am and support the Spokane County 2014 4-H Know Your Government Team . Meet Mrs. Claus !!!! and take your picture with her. (Or we can do it and send it to you electronically). We will be doing our “Flapjack Fundraiser” at the Applebee’s at Pines and Mission in Spokane Valley.

Coming to meet Mrs. Claus would be good boost for her. You see, she is feeling a little low this season since Santa gets all the credit. We all know that it is the Mom that keeps the family going! Come have breakfast and say “hi.” She will put a good word in for you with Santa!

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Mrs. Claus grouped

Update: Master Gardener Plant Clinic will Reopen March 3, 2014

The WSU Master Gardener Plant Clinic and Resource Center is now closed for the season and will reopen on March 3, 2014.  You may bring plant samples, problems and questions to the Extension Office, Room 205.  Our volunteers will pick them up once a week, on Wednesdays.  They will answer email and voicemail messages at the same time.

We’re located at 222 N. Havana, just south of the Spokane Fairgrounds and Avista stadium.  If you cannot visit us, we can be reached by email at mastergardener@spokanecounty.org, or give us a call at 477-2181.

We look forward to helping your garden grow in 2014!

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New Spokane County Extension Horticulture Faculty

It is with great pleasure that I announce Dr. Jeremy Cowan as the new Spokane County Extension Horticulture Faculty.

Dr. Cowan will assume responsibilities as Regional Extension Specialist for Horticulture in Spokane on November 1, 2013. Jeremy’s tenure track, E-2 position will focus on commercial and residential horticulture in Spokane and the surrounding region, and will also provide technical support and subject matter expertise to the WSU Master Gardener and Small Farms Programs for Spokane County.

Dr. Cowan recently completed his PhD in horticulture at WSU and is currently working at the WSU NW Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. Jeremy brings excellent knowledge and experiences to the position, with recent work in biodegradable mulch projects and vegetable production under high tunnels.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Cowan to our team!

Post Written By: County Director Dori Babcock, Nutrition and Health Educator

2014 Basic Beekeeping Class


Sponsored by WSU Spokane County Extension in Cooperation with the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association. Topics covered include: The Honey Bee & Her Products, Bee Keeping Equipment, Making a Start in Beekeeping, Life in the Honey Bee Colony, Flowers for Bees, Diseases & Pests, and Honey Production. This Class is open to anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper, as well as those already involved in the art and science of beekeeping.

For more information contact:
Joan Nolan 509-924-3652
or Anna Kestell 509-477-2194

Students successfully completing the class will receive an IEBA certificate of completion and a one year free membership to the IEBA. Students who elect to take and pass all tests of the WASHINGTON STATE APPRENTICE BEEKEEPER program will be Washington State Certified Beekeepers and will receive a certificate, which is needed to meet some city and county code requirements to keep bees.

Registration Information & Class Dates: 2014 Bee Flyer

Please note: This is a hands-on beekeeping course with 80% of the instruction being held outside during Field Days. Bee suits will be required by your first Field Day. Plan on investing approximately $550.00 for a bee suit, necessary tools and equipment for one bee hive.

Make a $25 donation and receive a FREE Spokane County Extension T-SHIRT!


Every day, Spokane County Extension works to extend Washington State University’s knowledge-addressing real-world issues to help find new opportunities for our farmers, natural resource managers, families, young people, and business leaders to become successful and thrive.  You can support our programs with a $25 donation and receive a your very own Spokane County Extension t-shirt.  The funds from your donation will impact the work we do here, and strengthen our ability to make a difference in the lives of those living in Spokane County.

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2014 Spokane County Master Gardener application deadline is approaching!


The gardening season is almost over, and so is your opportunity to join the Master Gardeners. If you are interested in becoming a WSU Master Gardener in 2014, you have until October 31st, just days from now, to turn in your application. Once submitted you will receive a confirmation email, and information about the interviews we have coming up in November. Application materials can be found here. You can find out more information about the statewide Master Gardener program, by following this link to WSU’s MG page.

We are looking for garden enthusiasts, who want to share research based information with the community. In addition to working in our Plant Clinic and Diagnostic center, you will have the option to participate in information booths at community events, teach elementary some basic gardening in schools, work with older gardeners who want to Garden for Life, as well as receive continuing garden education.

We would love to have you come join us!

Post Written By: Tim Kohlhauff, Horticulture Coordinator