Class Schedule

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


Developing a Hummingbird, Butterfly & Bee Friendly Garden

Saturday, July 1
1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Whether you are looking to add a few irresistible perennials to an existing flower bed or planning a garden from the bottom up join Cyndi Stuart, former field biologist and now Earth-Friendly Farmer to see what it takes to lure in hummingbirds, butterflies and those hard-working Bees to your backyard. We will look at key plants, design elements, and some issues you will need to consider when attracting in wildlife into your garden.


Beneficial Insects

Saturday, July 8lady-bug
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

Want to let Mother Nature take care of your outdoor pest problems? Discover beneficial bugs and utilize them to manage your pests! From lady bugs to nematodes join Chris Morris from Northwest Beneifcials to discuss all the useful beneficial insects that we can use in our Pacific NW gardens.


Nativars: Cultivars of our Native Plants

Saturday, July 15
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

Nativars- the superhero plants!  What exactly is a “Nativar”?  Nativars are well-adapted natives with improved traits of cultivated plants and they offer the best of both worlds.   A U.W. graduate in Botany, local radio and television personality, business consultant and long-time Nurseryman, Scott Conner, will discuss this refined category and give a live presentation echinacea angustifolia Jim pisarowicz National Park Serviceof specific nativar plants to benefit your garden and landscaping.

Summer Pruning

Saturday, July 22
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

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Doing the right pruning for trees, shrubs and vines in summer will save you extra work in other seasons and help keep your plants healthy and attractive.  Christina Pfeiffer, author of Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening, will demonstrate pruning tactics for summer months that will lessen your workload as fall approaches.







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Saturday, September 2
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $15, reservations required

Join certified Zentangle® teacher, Sara Harlan for a 2-hour exploration of drawing patterns and motifs of a botanical nature using the Zentangle® method of drawing.  Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images. The very best thing about Zentangle® is that anyone can do it; no artistic experience or knowledge is necessary.  We believe that “Anything is possible one stroke at a time.”® (Zentangle, Inc.)  Leave this class with a delightful drawing of your own tangled garden.


Instant Fall Containers

Saturday, September 16 at the Potting Shed
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

When choosing plants for fall, their ability to withstand cool temperatures, including frost or even hard frost, is key to keeping your containers looking great for months.  Laura Campbell of Christianson’s Nursery will guide you through the steps of choosing plants with Fall interest.  Flowers are not the only star, there are many plants with foliage that are most colorful when the temperatures are cool. This class is built for instant gratification!


Garden Photography Workshop

Saturday, September 23
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

There’s a distinct parallel between creating a garden and composing images of it. Composition, framing, color, texture, motion, and light are common components between them. Skagit Valley photographer, John Holtman, will discuss how to go beyond ‘pretty flower pictures’ and create images that highlight aspects of interest in a garden or natural landscape. Who knows? You may start looking at your garden in innovative ways after seeing it through the lens of your camera.


Life is A Mosaic- Live it!

Sunday, September 24
11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $40, pre-paid reservations requiredConnie Funk Mosaic

Local mosaic artist, Constance Funk, has practiced for many years to create stunning mosaics from vintage and found objects and handmade ceramics. She now offers her perfected technique in this interactive demonstration class at the Schoolhouse.  In additional to being reminded of the life-affirming benefits of exercising your creative spirit, you will learn about safety, materials, tools, products, and techniques for indoor and outdoor creations for home and garden. This class ignites inspiration and ideas to get you ready to start your own creative projects at home.  Light refreshments will be served.


Bat’s Incredible!

Saturday, September 30
11 a.m. – noon
Complimentary class during Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival


Northwest bats are a curiosity.  They are the only mammals that fly. Did you know that bats help control the insect population?   Back by popular demand, Kathleen Bander, founder of Bats Northwest, joins the fun at our Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival to talk about the 15 species of bats native to Washington. Learn all about these creatures and their habits along with night-blooming plants that insects are attracted to that Northwest bats eat! Students can be up close and personal with real mounted specimens in small glass covered boxes.  An educational and inspiring class for all!