MARCH, APRIL, MAY AND JUNE 2017
Arbia Wood Fired Pizza Weekends at Christianson’s Nursery!
March Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays, Weather Permitting)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
March Weekends at the Nursery just got delicious! Christianson’s Nursery will host Arbia Wood Fired Pizza every weekend for the month of March. Proprietors, Jimmy and Arianna Carol, serve up Mama and Papa-sized culinary masterpieces in their wood-fired mobile unit. Saturdays & Sundays (weather permitting) 11:00 am-3 pm.
Rent Mason Bees
Pick Up Pre-Ordered Mason Bee Kits at Christianson’s Nursery
Wednesday, March 29
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Rent Mason Bees is a western Washington-based company that rents bees to backyard gardeners and orchardists. This year, Christianson’s Nursery is an official pick up and drop off location! RentMasonBees.com supplies pollination kits (Mason or Leafcutter Bees, depending on your needs) which contain safe, local bees to provide a sustainable and economical solution for gardeners, fruit growers and farmers. When your pollination needs have been met at the end of the season, you simply return the kits to us and they will pick them up and do the post care, cleaning, and storage of the bees for the dormant season (pick-up dates and tips on getting started may be found at: RentMasonBees.com). Through renting their bees, your spring and summer crops are pollinated and you help boost native bee populations while indirectly supporting the production of food that will end up in our grocery stores. Rent your kits today!
Pick Up Mason Bee Kits: Wednesday, March 29 between 10:00am -3:00pm
Drop Off Mason Kits and Pick Up Leafcutter Kits: Monday, June 5 between 10:00am-3:00pm
Drop off Leafcutter Bee Kits: Tuesday, August 29 between 10:00am-3:00pm
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30, celebrating millions of tulips bursting into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The tulips allow us to share our corner of the world and showcase Skagit Valley agriculture. The fields of tulips are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley as are the many events and activities that comprise the festival and happen only in the month of April (See Christianson’s Events). The tulip fields are the crops of RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Co., Inc. and Tulip Town. Do to crop rotation, the fields are in different locations each year. For up to date bloom information, visit: www.tulips.com.
V. I. P. Espresso Catering
April Weekends (Saturdays and Sunday) in the Greenhouse
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Let V.I.P. Espresso Catering create a custom espresso (hot or cold, flavored or bold) for you to sip while strolling the Nursery to find the perfect plants. Enjoy consistently splendid pulls of rich, earthy coffee along with a smile from delightful proprietors, Joseph and Marjorie Plewinski. April weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 am- 4 pm.
Pat’s Philly Steak Sandwiches & Crepes
11:00 am – 5:30 pm
You’ve waited all year for their return! Revisit the classic Philly Steak Sandwich (thin-sliced beef, grilled onions and green peppers, blanketed under a three-cheese medley), or try a spin off the classic with chicken or polish sausage. Or grab a cup of crab and shrimp chowder to brave Skagit’s Spring weather! Proprietress, Judy Fenton, suggests if you’re going light, try their most popular crepe; strawberry with fresh whipped cream.
10th Annual Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild at the Schoolhouse
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tulip fields provide a dramatic backdrop for this month’s Art in the Schoolhouse! Spend an afternoon discovering new artists and their current work while talking with them about their process. Their creative skills and keen interpretations of Skagit and Island Counties may inspire your inner artist to take their art home with you. Conveniently located on the scenic tour of the picturesque country roads through Skagit Valley, you can enjoy a respite from the traffic by stopping at Christianson’s Nursery.
Live Music at Christianson’s
Saturday, April 29, noon – 3:00 p.m.
Caution!! Did you know fiddle music has been known to cause dancing?! Sky Valley Prairie Band plays the music of Cajun and Creole Louisiana under a canopied sky just outside the greenhouse on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Starting at noon, enjoy three hours of peppy fiddle and accordion music that will keep your toe tapping. Tips welcome. To inquire: (360) 466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200. www.ChristiansonsNursery.com
Antique Fair Moves to August!
The 2017 Antique Fair at the Schoolhouse has been moved to Friday and Saturday, August 11-12. Registration forms for this summer event may be found here. First priority to registrations received by Monday, May 1, 2017.
Sunday, May 14
A beautiful place to celebrate and spend time with Mom and loved ones. Surprise her with an endearing flower arrangement nested in a vintage porcelain tea cup and saucer set that she can proudly carry while she is here, or treat her with a hand-embellished natural bird’s nest with real quail eggs gathered under a glass cloche for a nature inspired table setting. This year, in addition to our spectacular hanging baskets, we are creating seasonal tabletop baskets with blooming bulbs, ferns and spring flowers tucked in for an instant centerpiece for indoors or on your porch (these tabletop baskets will be available from April through Mother’s Day). Extra spoils for Mom include homemade chocolate chip cookies and fresh coffee with spring floral and plant inspiration around almost every corner.
Sunday, May 21
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join us for the 4th Annual Skagit Wedding Tour! Spend the day exploring eight beautiful wedding venues in Skagit County, including Christianson’s Nursery, on Sunday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will be showcasing our elegant Schoolhouse and Rose Garden for weddings and special events. With us will be the following five wedding vendors: Photographers from www.Mistry&Scott.com; Wedding planner Tierney Jones at www.ChampagneandStardust.com; Officiant, Celebrations of Life; Antique and Vintage Wedding Apparel from Primrose at www.christiansonsnursery.com; Representatives from The Country Inn and Channel Lodge will discuss local accommodations and overnight reservations. VIP: $30 per person includes transportation to all 8 venues, a boxed lunch (provided by one of our amazing caterers) and special VIP gifts throughout the day. Self-guided: $5 per person. Venues are both indoor and outdoor so please dress for the weather! We look forward to making your wedding dreams come true. To reserve your spot, visit: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Random Acts of Food
March Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays, Weather Permitting)
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Focusing on delicious local, organic and fresh foods! Read 5-Star reviews of Proprietress, Tessa Mcleod’s Random Acts of Food Truck, to wet your whistle: “Best grilled cheese sandwich with caramelized onions and the roasted Brussel sprouts are to die for!”, “Amazing food, fresh and mouth-watering!! I’m still dreaming about the Brussel sprouts!!!” Taste the healthy, honest food of the Skagit Valley and let Tessa serve it up in random ways to tantalize your taste buds!
Elegant Garden Weddings and Special Events at Christianson’s Nursery
Located in the heart of the beautiful Skagit Valley, our historic 1888 Meadow Schoolhouse and lovely rose gardens provide a charming venue for an intimate wedding celebration and reception. Our gardens are in full bloom this time of the year! Wedding dates are beginning to fill our calendar! To save your date, please call: (360) 466-3821 or email: Stephanie.Christianson’email@example.com
Mason Bee Kit Returns, Pick Up Leaf Cutter Bees
Monday, June 5
Rent Mason Bees is a western Washington-based company that rents bees to backyard gardeners and orchardists. It’s time to return your kits! Mason Bee kits come back and Leafcutter Bees get distributed. Tips on getting started may be found at: RentMasonBees.com. Rent your kits today!
A Rosy Day Out: 14th Annual Rose Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18
See the day through rose-colored glasses! Starting at 11:00 am, Guest Speaker and Author, Nita Jo Roundtreewill ‘show and tell’ her new book, “Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest: 90 Best Varieties for Successful Rose Gardening”. Copies of her book will be aailable for sale before and after the presentation. At 1:00 p.m., Rebecca Reed, U. S. Sales Executive for David Austin Roses, will describe characteristics and qualities of David Austin varieties. Her descriptions and knowledge of these fragrant and very romantic roses will help you decide which roses are perfect for your garden. At 2:00 pm, enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social featuring Mallard’s Rose Ice Cream (made from real roses!). The day peaks with Key Note Speakers (AKA “The Rosebuds”), Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson at 3:00 pm. Listen to these experts talk about roses in such an uplifting way that it will instill confidence and inspire you to create and expand your own rose garden. Throughout the event, Skagit’s Tri- Valley Rose Society hosts a lovely rose display for all to enjoy in the Schoolhouse.
Sunday, June 25
Nordic Heritage Museum is building a new home. The modern 57,000-sq. ft. museum and cultural center will be located in the heart of Ballard (on Market Street), and will include a refined layout and expanded exhibition and educational spaces. To celebrate this event, community advocate Sunnie Empie, will host an informational open house in our Schoolhouse on Sunday, June 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. to help celebrate Ballard’s new museum. The design is organized around a linear “fjord” that weaves together stories of homeland and the Nordic American experience. Bridges crossing the fjord intensify the experience of migration, connecting Nordic and Nordic American exhibits. Along with the core exhibition galleries, active social areas – cafe, store, auditorium and classrooms – will expand the Museum’s capabilities and audiences. To inquire: (360) 466-8123 or 1-800-585-8200