Fresh Cider Pressing
October 1, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
You are welcome to watch, help turn the crank or just have a glass of cider during this throw-back celebration to an earlier time when an old oak cider press was used to make cider for the Autumn Season. John Christianson and staff will be making the cider from a varietal mix of our own organic apples. We have found that a mix produces better flavored cider and we love experimenting with different types of apples. Come to visit our magical Skagit Valley, have some cider, along with our complimentary molasses cookies (there’s no better combination), and then go on to tour neighboring farms, including La Conner Flats, Hedlin’s Farm and Gordon’s Pumpkins, during the Festival of Family Farms scheduled for the same weekend.
Arts Alive! & Holiday Open House
Wine and Appetizers
Friday Evening November 4
5 – 8 p.m.
We are excited to be hosting a new event during the weekend of our Holiday Open House. The Nursery will be open late on Friday to celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season. After decorating Primrose and the Garden Store from floor to ceiling we will be ready to greet our loyal customers and share our design and holiday inspiration during an after-hours party. Wine and hor d’oeuvres will be served in the Conservatory. Please join us!
Saturday and Sunday November 5 & 6
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
With new greenhouse space for our Winter events we are now blessed with extra room for our Holiday Open House. Our Garden Store with its old Tillinghast seed counters and cubbies and our Conservatory with garden antiques and gifts for gardeners will now carry an assortment of gifts, pottery and decorations with many ideas for bringing the outdoors in during this festive season. This will allow Primrose some breathing space for fancier goods and holiday inspiration. So gather your friends and ring in the holidays with a special visit to our Nursery where you will find many wonderful ideas for entertaining, gift giving and decorating during this magical Season. Primrose will be a Winter Wonderland and we hope to inspire your creativity and jump start your enthusiasm for the celebrations of the Season. There will be new additions and old favorites including Christmas trees decorated with a mix of new and vintage ornaments and our mohair ‘snow’. The mohair has been washed and carded by a processor in Maltby and Debra will be mixing mica into the fibers to create the glistening, silver frost look so beautiful on trees, mantles, and shelves. You can have a magical frosted Christmas tree without the mess of flocking or glitter plus you can remove and store the snow to use in future years.
In conjunction with our Holiday Open House we are participating in Art’s Alive!. This celebration of the arts is held throughout the La Conner area and we will have many local artists displaying their work. We’ll also have live music along with apple cider served from our antique cider press. Join us, as part of the Wine and Cheese Party, Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in supporting locally hand-made craft and art.
Participating artists at the Nursery include:
- Rochelle Anderson Victorian and steampunk style jewelry
- Allison Woosley Shell casing jewelry
- Whitehorse Wood Works by Joe Tuell Wood-working home furnishings
- Keith Keyser Rustic wood furniture and home décor
- Carol Bryant Glass and driftwood garden art
- Jeanne Reis Small oil paintings
- Laura Campbell Rose-hip wreaths
- Debra Lacy Mohair Snow & carding demonstration
- Collen E. Monette Collage and assemblage pieces using found objects
Cajun music by Laurel Bliss and John Clark on Saturday, November 5, 12:00 – 3:00
Twenty-first Annual Holiday Tea
& Visit with Father Christmas
November 26 noon – 5 p.m. reservations required
We extend our appreciation to customers with this complimentary Holiday Tea to celebrate the start of the Holiday Season. Come enjoy tea, scones, assorted sandwiches, chocolates and desserts. Our 1888 Schoolhouse will be decorated with candlelight and a delightful forest theme. Auto harpist Bob Harper and violinist and cellist Dennis Burkhardt will play background chamber music to add to the 19th century setting. Dress up for a formal tea or come as you are. All are welcome.
Donations will benefit the La Conner Library Foundation
Father Christmas is excited to greet children of all ages and listen to their Christmas wishes while sitting with them in an antique red clipper sleigh that is nestled in a wooded setting in our warm greenhouse. Come in your holiday finest or Saturday casual and bring your cameras to take your own keepsake photos.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Holiday Wreath-Making Classes
reservations required 11a.m. – 4 p.m. class fee $8
Deck the halls with ease by using our wreath-making machine and getting the practical and inspiring help of designer Karen Harper. These are one-hour classes (starting at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.). We provide a delightful array of greens (sold by the pound) or feel free to bring your own. The cost of one wreath form is included in the class fee. Wear warm clothing and bring your own pruners and gardening gloves. The wreath making machines will be available from November 27 to December 24 for those customers who already know how to use them. Please call for reservations.