Classes

Classes

To register for classes call us at 360-466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200

 

 

 

February 2018

 

 

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Creating an Indoor Succulent Dish Garden
Saturday, February 3
11 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8
Add life and beauty to your interiors with this no fuss house plant! Karen Summers, of the Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society reviews what types of succulents will thrive as she demonstrates how to create an indoor succulent dish garden.  Learn basic care for cacti and succulents even in the lichened Pacific Northwest.

 

500x550.crop.229311_1Designing Gardens with Flamboyant Dahlias

Saturday, February 3
1 – 2 p.m.
reservations required
class fee: $8
Planning and planting gardens with dahlias, the queen of cut flowers, is about creating a floral picture that has impact and drama and is floriferous throughout the whole summer season.  Join John and Kathy Willson, long time owners of Swede Hill Dahlia Sunflower Farm for ideas, inspiration and instruction on how to cultivate dahlia plantings which bring boundless joy to your garden.

 

 
How to Prune Spring – Blooming Shrubsa01ae346cc3b4c68e9189db737dec735--dwarf-lilac-dwarf-korean-lilac
Saturday, February 17
11 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8
Pruning flowering shrubs is an essential gardening technique to keep them colorful, healthy and well-shaped. Horticulturist, Christina Pfeiffer demonstrates the what, how and when of pruning shrubs that bloom between March and May, from azaleas to viburnums. This class will help you make sense of how to prune your favorite spring blooming shrubs.

 

CKate-Alacron-Webrepe Paper Hellebore Workshops
Saturday, February 24
9 – 10:45 a.m.
pre-payment required
class fee: $60
Craft magnificent, botanically-correct crepe paper flowers with instruction by artist Kate Alarcón. A unique and wondrous process is full of miracles with results that are nothing short of breathtaking. In this onehour and 45-minute workshop you’ll learn basic paper flower construction and a versatile method for hand-coloring petals. Although we’ll focus on a single flower in class, you’ll receive supplies to make 3 flowers. All materials and tools provided. Limit 10 students. $60
 

March 2018

 

 

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So Many Roses, So Little Time4
Christianson’s Rose Buyer, Nancy Stewart
Saturday, March 3,
11 am – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8

The rose is America’s most popular flower and is also one of the very oldest in cultivation. There are thousands of different rose varieties to lure us with their history and fragrance. Take notes from our rose buyer, Nancy Stewart, on varieties we have in stock that are fragrant, disease-resistant, easy care and are also suited well for the Pacific Northwest.

 

Ergonomic Gardening2
Christianson’s Gift Buyer, Eve Boe
Saturday, March 3,
1 – 2 pm
reservations required
class fee: $8

Gardening is a great alternative to traditional exercise. It requires strength and flexibility. Unfortunately, many of us plunge into these tasks with great enthusiasm and unconditioned bodies, ending up sore afterwards, or worse, injured. Learn the importance of warming up, proper lifting, ergonomic usage of tools and cooling down from former athletic trainer and massage therapist,
Eve Boe, to produce a healthier you in the garden.

 

Design a Garden Chair Planterresidence
Christianson’s Basket Designer, Laura Campbell
Saturday, March 10
10 a.m. – noon  (in the Potting Shed)
pre-payment required
class fee: $85

Just because you have old furniture in your backyard doesn’t mean you can’t still use it as a delightful focal point in your garden. Learn to transform an old chair into garden art with basket designer and wreath weaver,  Laura Campbell. Class lasts for two-hours and only has room for eight participants. Bring your own seat less, open back chair (wood or metal), pruners and gloves. We’ll provide the vines, planting infrastructure and expert guidance. Ornamental plants for sale at the Nursery.

 

Landscaping Basics: Right Plant, Right Place5
Christianson’s Staff Member, Molly Calvin
Saturday, March 10
11 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8

Do you have a problem area in your yard and would like to get advice from a Nursery Landscape professional? Environmental Horticulturist and Owner of Every bit Handcrafted, Molly Calvin, will select three “problems” submitted by class participants and share possible solutions in an interactive class designed to help you solve your landscaping problems. Submit image and problem description for consideration via social media, email or our Garden Store.

 

Colorful Plants for the Shade Garden10
Owner, Nurseryman, John Christianson
Saturday, March 17
11 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8

A shade garden isn’t doomed to dreary, colorless choices. Flowers for shade are still more limited than those for sun, but foliage colors have exploded. And oh, the possibilities! Today we can spice up our shade gardens with bright lime, orange, pink, red, burgundy, purple, chocolate, near-black and every shade in between. John Christianson presents examples of plants with tolerance from light to deep shade that provide foliage or flower interest in the darkest corners of your yard.

 

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Christianson’s Hard Goods & Pottery Buyer, Lily Hirdler, C.P.H.
Saturday, March 17
1 – 2 p.m.
reservations required
class fee: $8

Many of us know the pleasure of harvesting our own fruits and vegetables, but the variety of botanical edibles reach far beyond the more commonly cultivated. Certified Professional Horticulturist, Lily Hirdler, prompts us to learn about a huge selection of unusual and beautiful ornamental plants which provide nutritive and culinary value. If it sounds a little like Urban Foraging, you’re right!

 

Ferns; ‘the Princess of the woods’6
Christianson’s Houseplant & Grasses Buyer, Eric Andrews
Saturday, March 24
11 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8

Ferns are some of the easiest care perennials around. They require minimum upkeep other than a spring tidy. So, why are they an underused plant in a gardener’s landscaping? Houseplant and Grasses Buyer, Eric Andrews, brings awareness to their versatility and the many varieties of these highly adaptable fronds and teaches about their easy care-especially in a winter garden.

 

Gardening with Japanese Maples3
Christianson’s Staff Member, Katheryn Shiohira
Saturday, March 24
1 – 2 p.m.
reservations required
class fee: $8

Elegant, colorful Japanese Maple trees are so easy to grow they deserve a special place in every garden. Japanese Maple aficionado, Katheryn Shiohira, helps you discover the perfect variety for the conditions in your landscape. Learn through demonstration the fundamentals of pruning with patience for health and aesthetic beauty.

 

Create Your Own Hanging Basket9
Christianson’s Staff Member, Becky Paulik, CPH
Saturday, March 31
10 a.m.- noon (in the Potting Shed)
pre-payment required
class fee: $55

Hanging baskets are a great way to enjoy your favorite plants. Basket designer, Becky Paulik, coaches you through each step of the planting process to transform a 12” wire and coir-lined hanging basket to a living sculpture to be admired throughout the summer. Choose from cool-weather, pre-selected flowering and trailing plants. Limit 10.

 

Tiny House, Tiny Landscaperesidence
Christianson’s Staff Member, Kerstin Andersen
Saturday, March 31
1-2 p.m.
reservations required class fee: $8 While the structures of tiny homes often measure less than 300 square feet, the tiny house movement isn’t necessarily about sacrifice. Rub elbows with Tiny House Builder, Kerstin Andersen, as she recounts her personal journey including the “Basis of the build” and glean creative ideas for tiny landscaping.