Tons of Vendors, lots of fun, and it’s all free!
OUR BIG ANNUAL EVENT FOR THE YEAR!
DATE - May 11, 2024 - annually the 2nd Saturday in May
HOURS - 9am-5pm
LOCATION - 1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA
EMAIL - firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission is FREE with free parking
An Extraordinary Annual Event - 23rd Annual Spokane Garden Expo
Bring your wagon or garden cart and get ready to capture some choice selections!
G A R D E N E X P O FREE D E M O N S T R A T I O N S
Spokane Community College Lair Conference Room
1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA 99217
10am - Tammy Merrill - Greencastle Soap - “Abathecary: Creating a Spa Experience From Your Garden - Bath Bombs, Bath Teas & Herbal Scrubs”- Transform your self care bath routine into a garden inspired haven. We'll start by demonstrating bath bombs infused with aromatic herbs harvested from your garden. These fizzy wonders release soothing scents and nourishing properties into your bathwater, creating a sensory escape. Then we will move onto serene bath teas made of fragrant flowers and herbs. Finally, elevate your spa experience with herbal scrubs made from finely ground garden herbs and natural exfoliates. As you indulge in these creations, you'll find yourself immersed in a personalized oasis of tranquility right from the heart of your own backyard.
11am - Tim Gerlitz - Mycology Educator and President of North Idaho Mushroom Club - “Mushroom Foraging for Beginners” - A discussion about common and most sought-after edible mushrooms that grow in the Inland Northwest. Learn how to identify them and their look alikes, what cautions to take, how to find ideal mushroom habitats, and how to cook and preserve them. Some of the mushrooms he will talk about include morels, corals, chanterelles, matsutake, chicken of the woods, Boletus edulis, shaggy mane, and many more. We will also discuss non-edible, look-a-likes, and poisonous mushrooms.
1pm - Erin Nelson - Deer Park Pro Gardening - “Everything Orchids”- An introduction on all things orchids. What makes orchids different from other flowers? Why has Orchid Mania Swept through the nation and the globe? What are orchids telling us about our environment? Learn about this fascinating species of flowers and learn how to grow them successfully in your own home with easy step by step instructions. Bring your orchids for show and tell and your questions about your orchid babies. This will be a fun and entertaining class all ages can enjoy.
2pm - Nina Messner - Snow Valley's Garlic Queen - “For the Love of Garlic” - An in depth look at the cycle of garlic growing, types of garlic for the Northwest and how you can have garlic for the rest of your life! There's nothing easier then learning how to grow garlic at home in your very own backyard. Garlic is one of the easiest vegetables you can grow when first starting your own vegetable garden. We will look at the psychological aspects of garlic and its life cycle for the Northwest type varieties. You are sure to meet your new smelly best friend.
G A R D E N E X P O FREE S E M I N A R S
Spokane Community College Lair Auditorium
1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA 99217
10am - Bob Scarfo - Land and Life - “Storytelling: A Fun Approach to Landscape Design” - Storytelling is a people-centric approach to landscape design based on how most of us learned to read, write, and tell stories. There will be three Take Away Messages. First, is that we all read our surrounding environments. Second, is a learning tool that expands our understanding of landscape design by comparing reading and writing to basic design, and then basic design to landscape design. Third, the message is how to apply what you learn to a narrative-storyboard-landscape design process. This approach was developed over a 35-year period in an effort to greatly reduce the angst and anxiety that often accompanies learning how to develop landscape designs. What story does your garden tell?
11:30am - Kelli Sittser - The Neighborhood Gardener - “Growing Easy Cut-Flowers for Backyard Bouquets” - Are you wanting to grow your own beautiful flowers for yourself, friends, and neighbors? The Neighborhood Gardener, Kelli Sittser will share her knowledge about growing perennial and annual cut flowers in urban settings. She will simplify the growing process for you, giving you tips and tricks to grow abundant blooms that are happy producers in our climate for humans and pollinators. As a gardener and foraging florist, she will offer harvesting tricks, seed saving knowledge, and how to get the most out of what you already have available to you in your garden and neighborhood.
1pm - Ciscoe Morris - Seattle’s Gardening Guru - “Hummingbird Madness” - If you don’t have hummingbirds living in, or at least frequenting your garden, you’re missing out on one of the most fun parts of gardening. There’s nothing that can match watching these little avian mischief makers performing aerial acrobatics while chasing each other around the garden in an endless mating game. Ciscoe will share his favorite plants that are attractive to hummingbirds (and people); plus you’ll learn interesting hummingbird facts and how to attract and keep these entertaining birds in your garden year round. What could be funner than watching hummingbirds zooming around your garden? Ciscoe will talk about how to attract these avian wonders with nectar-rich plants. He may even perform the hummingbird mating dance. Oh la la!
2:30pm - Stacey Mann, Petal Pushers Nursery - “Funky Containers: How to Convert Old Treasures & Flowers into Masterpieces!” - Ever think about planting entire garden of sunflowers in a discarded washtub? Perhaps you’ve seen herb plants or succulents growing in old antiques? Ever wonder how they do it? Well, wonder no more. Stacey has a knack for making unusual garden and flower masterpieces in old junky containers. It began when she visited her grandparents’ farm as a child. Her grandfather collected junk and her grandmother loved gardening. From them, she developed a passion for turning trash into garden treasures such as planting Hot Pink Petunias in an old wheelbarrow, growing herbs in an enamel colander, or placing succulents in a tossed out galvanized mailbox. After 45 years of cultivating unique garden arrangements of national fame, she is eager to share her secrets and help you turn your garden into an original creative masterpiece.
LONG FOR a garden that enriches your life and feeds your soul
SEEK the latest gardening news, tips and shortcuts
CRAVE the newest and coolest plants
ENJOY bringing the fragrance/beauty of the garden indoors
NEED guidance toward more organic practices
WANT down-to-earth ideas that inspire rather than intimidate
LOVE real gardens, by real people
BELIEVE many things are possible with just the planting of a seed
The Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St, Spokane, WA will spring to life with everything you need to make your garden beautiful at the 23rd annual Garden Expo, May 11, 2024 from 9am-5pm.
Art for the Garden
Gourmet Food Items
Lighting and Fountains
Plants Local Vendors
Plants Out of Town Vendors
Rock Garden Plants
Put May 11, 2024 on your calendar and come join us for a day of fun! It's time for the 23rd Annual Spokane Garden Expo.
Held at the beautiful Spokane Community College campus, 1810 N Greene St, Spokane WA, each year the garden show draws in thousands of people.
The Expo offers over 250 booths of fantastic plant and garden-related items. You can explore unique offerings of garden art, wind chimes, planters, garden furniture, iron works, and a wealth of other products.
It's a great opportunity to get something special for someone to pick up something for your own garden.
The Garden Expo is presented by The Inland Empire Gardeners (TIEG). This is our 23rd year hosting the Expo. Every year the show provides an opportunity for nurseries and merchants to interact with the community by offering a wealth of goods, services and information. Put the Garden Expo on your calendar and come join us for a day of fun!
Location & Directions
The Garden Expo takes place at the Spokane Community College (SCC), 1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA. Getting to SCC from I-90 Eastbound: Take the Thor/Freya St exit. Turn left at Freya St. *Continue traveling north on Freya St. Freya will become Greene St at Mission Ave. The SCC campus is located at the intersection of Greene St and Mission Ave. You may enter the campus from Greene St or from Mission Ave.
From I-90 Westbound: Take the Thor/Freya St exit. Turn right at Freya St. (*see above). Campus is located on the corner of Green and Mission. The college is less than 2 miles north of the I-90 and Freya Street interchange.
Parking for the Expo is limited to the surrounding areas of the Spokane Community College campus. There is a large parking lot of the southeast side of the campus. A transit station has been built on the southeast parking lot if you would like to take the bus. Additional parking is available behind the tennis courts. There is limited designated disabled parking. We highly encourage car-pooling.
The Garden Expo is very popular and will be crowded. If you don't like crowds, may we suggest you attend later in the afternoon when the crowds dies down. There is still plenty to see and shop for. In fact, many of the vendors are wheeling and dealing at that point.
Spokane Community College - Venue
Located at the corner of Mission Ave and Greene St in east Spokane, SCC is highly regarded for its professional-technical programs, including specialties in health sciences; information technology; industrial, manufacturing and automotive technology; hospitality and culinary arts; building trades; and agriculture and natural resource management. The college also has a strong educational tradition in the liberal arts.
Faculty and staff at SCC value and promote the power and growth of learning. The college's four critical learning abilities--responsibility, communication, problem solving and global awareness--are supported and enhanced through curriculum and student services. For more information on their programs go to www.scc.spokane.edu.
There are 3 ATMs located within the center of Lair building by the college bookstore. Two additional portable ATMs are outside. Efforts have been made to also secure an outdoor, special event ATM. Be sure to have cash on hand, not all vendors take credit cards.
Expo visitors can stop by the Expo Information Booth outside in front of the circular driveway on the southeast side of the show if you have any questions. There will be a blown-up map of Expo vendor booth space locations in case you are looking for a specific vendor. Maps are not available for public distribution since it is so large. The Expo is such a big, expansive show it is designed as a go-with-the-flow show, so you should plan to just relax and have fun and take in the vendors and the sights as you come across them.
The main restrooms at the Expo are located down from the southeast entrance to the Lair building on the right hand side of the long hallway. There are smaller restrooms throughout the Lair facility. Porto Potties will be available at a designated outdoor location by the SCC Gym on the northeast side of the campus.
Volunteer - Help Save the Garden Expo!
The Garden Expo is for everyone who loves gardening in our region and is a popular and beloved event. It is the highlight of the gardening year for the whole Inland Northwest. If it was known we are struggling to put it on maybe people would step up. At the Expo, we are going to need help with marking the booth spaces, set-up/take down, checking in the vendors and ensuring they can safely access their spaces. Our big concern is having enough volunteer help to hold the event. Please let us know if you (or any of your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or church, civic organizations, businesses) can fill a position or help out in any way. Contact us at email@example.com. Thank you!
1 - Save Money! Take advantage of exclusive show only discounts and pricing
2 - Lots of good, tasty food
3 - Talk with the experts--compare prices and get the best deal
4 - FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING
5 - Save Time! Find everything for your home and garden all in one place!
6 - Shop 'til you drop in our arts, craft, and gift areas
7 - Free Seminars and Show-me-How Demonstrations
8 - The latest in outdoor living and gardening lifestyle products
9 - Eliminate the middleman-buy direct from the growers
10 - So much to see & do! Have Fun!
If you have additional questions about Garden Expo 2024 or would like more information, please use the contact info below. Vendor information will be ready to send out by the end of the year.
firstname.lastname@example.org (for the quickest response)
Show Organizer ViAnn Meyer - 509-535-8434 - please leave detailed message w/ your contact info
The Inland Empire Gardeners, PO Box 13184, Spokane Valley, WA 99213
The Inland Empire Gardeners needs your support to ensure that we have an Expo in the future. DONATE TODAY!
If you would like to see the Expo continue, please consider volunteering to help--email email@example.com or call 509-535-8434. Thank you!