Upcoming Events

Visits with Father Christmas 2018

23rd Annual Holiday Tea & Visit with Father Christmas
 
 

You are invited to attend our 23rd Annual Holiday Tea! 
Saturday, November 24, Hosting a maximum of 36 guests at each of our four tea settings: Noon, 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.
Please reserve your seats at the Garden Store in advance by calling 360-466-3821
Donations benefit the La Conner Library Foundation

As we approach the holiday season, we gratefully extend our appreciation to our customers by serving a complimentary Holiday Tea. Our 1888 Schoolhouse will be decorated in a delightful candlelit forest theme with custom woodland arrangements on tables covered in white linen. Auto harpist Bob Harper and violinist and cellist Dennis Burkhardt will play lively Celtic, Scandinavian and American music to add to the 19th-century ambiance.

Meet Father Christmas
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Maximum of 7 students for each hour-long class

Father Christmas will be here greeting children of all ages while listening to their Christmas wishes as they sit together in an antique red clipper sleigh nestled in our warm greenhouse. Bring your cameras to take your own keepsake photos or pose for a complimentary, vintage-inspired photo strip by SaraWelchPhoto.com.

Do It Yourself Wreath-Making
Hourly classes begin at 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

reservations required
class fee: $8

Bring your family and friends to this seasonal, hands-on class where you will create a fresh evergreen wreath using the Nursery’s wreath-making machines. You will receive instruction and assistance from our expert wreath designers Karen Harper and Laura Campbell. We provide a stunning array of seasonal greens and berries (sold by the pound) or bring your own. The cost of one wreath form is included in the class fee. Wear warm clothing and bring pruners, gardening gloves and a Thermos of hot chocolate.

Can’t make it to class? You can reserve our wreath-making machines beginning November 27 to December 24 and we will be happy to assist you as questions arise. Schedule a date and time by contacting the Garden Store 360-466-3821

Christianson’s Holiday Open House and Art’s Alive! Celebration

Christianson’s Holiday Open House and

Art’s Alive! Celebration

Kick off your holiday season at our annual Holiday Open House and Art’s Alive! celebration. As twilight settles over the Nursery on Friday evening, twinkle lights, luminaries and lanterns illuminate the walkways from our Garden Store to Primrose, and from our freshly wintered greenhouses to the tropical Conservatory.

Friday Evening, November 2, 5 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday Evening, November 2, 5 – 8 p.m.

In keeping with our yearly tradition, this Friday night event marks the start of our Holiday Open House and features light refreshments and appetizers served in our Conservatory. A highlight of the evening is the eagerly-awaited ‘opening of the doors’ of Primrose at 5 p.m. for the holiday unveiling. For those who haven’t yet experienced this event, imagine a Norman Rockwell scene where bundled up shoppers are gathered around a twinkling little shop, some on tiptoes peering in, and then, when the doors swing open at 5 p.m., the party begins!

Friday will also be an evening of art exploration as we host a wonderful array of visual and jewelry artists as part of the Art’s Alive! celebration that occurs throughout the La Conner area.

Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Holiday Open House and Art’s Alive! celebration continues Saturday. As always, Primrose will be adorned from floor to ceiling with inspiring seasonal displays and creative ideas for gift giving and entertaining. Our Garden Store and Conservatory will also be dressed up for the holidays and will feature a wonderful selection of seasonal plants, wreaths and trees, garden antiques, gifts for gardeners, and whimsical holiday decorations.

The Conservatory and Greenhouses will also be filed with a thoughtfully curated group of artists who will be showcasing their seasonal best, providing you with a wonderful opportunity to expand your collection of art and winter-themed gifts. Join us for this festive event filled with holiday inspiration, local artists, and abundant good cheer!

Please note: Primrose will be closed all day on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that we can put the finishing touches on our holiday displays.

Winner’s Circle 2018

Congratulations to the Winner’s Circle
 
Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival
 
2018

 

First Place: Gerry & Dani Gadberry (Team Gadberry), Battleground, WA:  #1322.5

Second Place: Jim Sherwood, Mulino, WA:  #1285.5

Third Place: Jack LaRue, Tenino, WA:  #1234

Fourth Place: Jeff Uhlmeyer, Tumwater, WA:  #1173.5

Fifth Place: Dick Kilburn, Anacortes, WA:  #945.5

Sixth Place: Mike Radach, Camano Island, WA:  #885

Seventh Place: Monte Wetzel, Puyallup, WA:  #875

Eighth Place:  Geoff Gould, Mount Vernon, WA:  #748.5

Ninth Place: Joan De Vries, Mount Vernon, WA:  687.50

Tenth Place:  Patrick Obukowicz, Ferndale, WA:  #612

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2018 Top 10 Average: #976.9

2017 Top 10 Average: 973.7

Difference: +3.20 Pounds

Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival 2018 Facts

A BEEFED UP PRIZE OF $1500.00
 
FOR THE BURLIEST BEHEMOTH

 
The excitement is building in Mount Vernon as the Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival prepares for the arrival of tractor-sized pumpkins to arrive for the Weigh-off next Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9 a.m – 4 p.m.
 
What is a Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off?
 
 
 
It’s all about farming the biggest, beefiest, burliest behemoth for the grand prize of $1500 cash and bragging rights for 2018.  Last year we had a record-breaking entry by Jim Sherwood whose Giant weighed 1,702 pounds-try to beat that!
 
Growers start lining up at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the weighing will begin at 1 p.m.  Winners will be announced at 4 pm!
 

The Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival

Voted the Second Most-Improved Weigh-off in the
 
World for 2017!
 

The GPC has about 110 sites world wide.  For most improved site we take the average weight of the top ten pumpkins for each site from the previous year (2016).  For Skagit their 2016 average top ten weight was 583.0 pounds and compare it to the present year (2017) average which was 973.7 pounds. Next we run a percentage of improvement which for each site. Skagit had an improvement percentage of 67.02% the second best improvement in average weight in the GPC for 2017.  

 
 
 
 
Using forklifts and special harnesses, the gargantuan gourds will be carefully placed on a 5-ton capacity, industrial-strength digital scale under the watchful eye of officials from the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers. Skagit Valley’s Giant Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off will serve as an officially sanctioned Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) site.
 
                
 
The top two grandest gourds will be displayed in front of Christianson’s Nursery, Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23,
9 am – 6 pm at 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, WA.
 
 
 
Interested in competing?   Download the forms here: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com/whats-happening/2014-giant-pumpkin-participant-info/
 
 
The Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival is proudly and officially sponsored by:
 
                                    
 
Christianson’s Nursery is an official Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) site. The GPC has about 110 sites worldwide. To learn more about the sanctioned record-recording group, click here: http://www.gpc1.org/
 
 

Skagit Valley Pumpkin Festival 2018

It’s time to think big!  We hope this year will be bigger and better than ever!  Christianson’s Nursery is partnering with Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers (PNWGPG) to host the 8th Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Festival games will be on site for fun to be had by all!

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off * Pony Rides * Face Painting * Family Carnival Games * Toad Races *
“Bat’s Incredible” Class * Giant Pumpkin Carving Demonstration * Pumpkin Doodling with Pauline
*The Scone Lady
*Beer Garden with beer by the Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, sponsored by
La Conner Regional Foundation

What’s new for 2018?

  • A Beer Garden featuring local seasonal brews produced and served by Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery. The Beer Garden is proudly sponsored by the La Conner Library Foundation.
  • Christianson’s staff member, Fred Bell, will be carving a design on a giant pumpkin throughout the day, starting at 9 am, using only hand tools.

With a larger purse size, this year’s winner will receive $1500
for the largest giant pumpkin of the weigh-off!

    

First Place Giant Pumpkin Winner-$1500

2nd Place-$750 7th Place-$50
3rd Place-$500 8th Place-$25
4th Place-$200 9th Place-$25
5th Place-$100 10th Place-$25
6th Place-$50  
        Howard Dill Prettiest Pumpkin-$100

 

The Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth, a world-wide organization and designated to record world records, stated the following about Christianson’s Nursery 2017 Weigh-off:  “There were 107 sites for weigh-offs around the world in 2017.  Second place most improved site with a 67% from 2016 was Christianson’s Nursery Weigh-off in Mount Vernon, Washington.”

The Festival is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers, Coastal Farm & Ranch, and Skagit Valley Food Co-op.  Christianson’s Nursery is an official weigh-off site for the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC).

Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival Mission Statement: In the spirit of fun and healthy competition, this goodwill event is designed to create awareness and interest in gardening while sustaining the exciting sport and critical thinking processes of propagating and growing giant pumpkins, squash and other giant vegetables with Skagit Valley and upcoming agricultural and neighboring communities.

Upcoming Events

 

Christianson’s Holiday Open House and
 
Art’s Alive! Celebration

Kick off your holiday season at our annual Holiday Open House and Art’s Alive! celebration. As twilight settles over the Nursery on Friday evening, twinkle lights, luminaries and lanterns illuminate the walkways from our Garden Store to Primrose, and from our freshly wintered greenhouses to the tropical Conservatory.

Friday Evening, November 2,  5 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 3,  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 
Friday Evening, November 2,  5 – 8 p.m.

In keeping with our yearly tradition, this Friday night event marks the start of our Holiday Open House and features light refreshments and appetizers served in our Conservatory. A highlight of the evening is the eagerly-awaited ‘opening of the doors’ of Primrose at 5 p.m. for the holiday unveiling. For those who haven’t yet experienced this event, imagine a Norman Rockwell scene where bundled up shoppers are gathered around a twinkling little shop, some on tiptoes peering in, and then, when the doors swing open at 5 p.m., the party begins!Friday will also be an evening of art exploration as we host a wonderful array of visual and jewelry artists as part of the Art’s Alive! celebration that occurs throughout the La Conner area.
 
Saturday, November 3,  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Holiday Open House and Art’s Alive! celebration continues Saturday. As always, Primrose will be adorned from floor to ceiling with inspiring seasonal displays and creative ideas for gift giving and entertaining. Our Garden Store and Conservatory will also be dressed up for the holidays and will feature a wonderful selection of seasonal plants, wreaths and trees, garden antiques, gifts for gardeners, and whimsical holiday decorations.The Conservatory and Greenhouses will also be filed with a thoughtfully curated group of artists who will be showcasing their seasonal best, providing you with a wonderful opportunity to expand your collection of art and winter-themed gifts. Join us for this festive event filled with holiday inspiration, local artists, and abundant good cheer!Please note: Primrose will be closed all day on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that we can put the finishing touches on our holiday displays.
 
 
 

23rd Annual Holiday Tea & Visit with Father Christmas
 
 

You are invited to attend our 23rd Annual Holiday Tea! 
Saturday, November 24, Hosting a maximum of 36 guests at each of our four tea settings: Noon, 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.
Please reserve your seats at the Garden Store in advance by calling 360-466-3821
Donations benefit the La Conner Library Foundation

As we approach the holiday season, we gratefully extend our appreciation to our customers by serving a complimentary Holiday Tea. Our 1888 Schoolhouse will be decorated in a delightful candlelit forest theme with custom woodland arrangements on tables covered in white linen. Auto harpist Bob Harper and violinist and cellist Dennis Burkhardt will play lively Celtic, Scandinavian and American music to add to the 19th-century ambiance.

Meet Father Christmas
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Maximum of 7 students for each hour-long class

Father Christmas will be here greeting children of all ages while listening to their Christmas wishes as they sit together in an antique red clipper sleigh nestled in our warm greenhouse. Bring your cameras to take your own keepsake photos or pose for a complimentary, vintage-inspired photo strip by SaraWelchPhoto.com.

Do It Yourself Wreath-Making
Hourly classes begin at 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

reservations required
class fee: $8

Bring your family and friends to this seasonal, hands-on class where you will create a fresh evergreen wreath using the Nursery’s wreath-making machines. You will receive instruction and assistance from our expert wreath designers Karen Harper and Laura Campbell. We provide a stunning array of seasonal greens and berries (sold by the pound) or bring your own. The cost of one wreath form is included in the class fee. Wear warm clothing and bring pruners, gardening gloves and a Thermos of hot chocolate.

Can’t make it to class? You can reserve our wreath-making machines beginning November 27 to December 24 and we will be happy to assist you as questions arise. Schedule a date and time by contacting the Garden Store 360-466-3821

 
 

 

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Elegant Garden Weddings and Special

Events at

Christianson’s Nursery

Christianson’s Schoolhouse is a poetic venue for your garden wedding.  Intimate and elegant, the artfully restored Meadow Schoolhouse accommodates ceremonies with up to 50 seated guests and is the oldest remaining one room schoolhouse in Northwest Washington.

The English-styled Rose Garden offers a secondary ceremony site and accommodates up to 150 guests outdoors amidst a sweeping grass lawn lined with perennials, boxwood and espaliered apple hedges while surrounded by views of Mount Baker and the panoramic farmland of Skagit Valley.

Celebrate with your bridal party in our quaint, vintage-styled Bridal Cottage equipped with vanity, outlets, mirrors, “Jill” access to the restroom and our (summer of 2018) Groom’s Quarters just steps away from the Schoolhouse.

Call the Nursery, or email for a personal tour: 360-466-3821, Stephanie.Christiansons@gmail.com 

Complimentary Accessories:

*Eight-foot Mercantile table (perfect for bar or catering placement)

*2, six-foot banquet tables

*Antique Podium

*4-6′ Rustic Benches

*Wi-Fi access

*AV equipment

*Restrooms

*Kitchen facilities with walk-in cooler for storage

*Dedicated parking space for food vendors adjacent to Schoolhouse and Rose Garden

*Access to the Nursery’s handrestored glass greenhouses accentuated with antique finials for photography

*Plentiful parking

 

 

CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Christianson’s Schoolhouse seats 50 guests and our English-styled Rose Garden accommodates up to 150 seated guests.

Pricing:
Saturday and Sunday: $1500
Friday $ 1200
Weekdays $900

Alcohol/Cannibus:
Allowed, permit necessary

Catering:
Kitchen available with walk-in cooler
Food Truck
Off-site catering

Availability:
Year-round, 9am-10pm.

Accessory and Vintage Rental List (Images and Prices Upon Request):
Vintage Freestanding Candelabras
Vintage Staked Candelabras
Vintage Tables (for guest book, wedding cake)
Pembroke Table (two hinged leaves)
Antique French Plant Stands (Assorted)
Antique Plant Baskets (Assorted)
Rustic Metal Arbors
Rustic Metal Oblisque

 
Please Note: Nursery retail hours occur between 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  “Private Event” signs may be staked near entryways during retail hours.  Evening weddings may use grounds as an extension of the Schoolhouse venue.

 

Specs of the Venue:
Meadow Schoolhouse (20′ x 30′)
Sweeping grass lawn (80 square feet)

Outdoor Electricity:
SW exterior of Schoolhouse
East exterior of Bridal Cottage
Adjacent to food truck parking

Extended Location Uses:
Gardening Classes
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Garden Clubs and Society Meetings
Garden Events