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


 September 2017


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Saturday, September 2
10 a.m. – noon (Two-hour class!!)
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

fall maple_MG_8689-sm (1)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.

Saturday, September 30

at Christianson’s Nursery

  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off with over $2,000 in prizes! * Amateur Pumpkin Carving Contest * Pumpkin Doodling* Harvest Food * Pony Rides with Lang’s Traveling Ponies * Face Painting * Family Carnival Games * Toad Races*
“The Bat Lady” and more!
Here is a list of fun events to happen that day:
9 am – noon:  (entry deadline-noon)
Entrants register for the Giant Weigh-Off categories and
Amateur Pumpkin-Carving Contest
9 am – 3  pm:
The Scone Lady & Stomp’en Grounds Coffee
11:00 am – noon:
A family favorite “Bats Incredible” class
11 am – 3 pm:
Random Acts of Food Truck

Noon — 3 p.m.
Musicians Laurel Bliss and John Clark play old-time, Cajun and bluegrass

noon – 3 pm:
Giant Pumpkin and Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off

1 pm  and 2 pm:
 Decorate your pumpkin with Halloween Doodles in the Schoolhouse  (class fee: $15)
Giant Pumpkin, Veggie and Carved Pumpkin winners announced!


Entry forms for 2017 are available at our Garden Store and on our website at

A special thanks to our sponsors, Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers with Coastal Farm & Ranch, Skagit Valley Food Co-op, and Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse.


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!


Decorate your pumpkin  

with Halloween Doodles!

Saturday, September 30
Two Class Offerings (one hour per class):
1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Class Fee: $15,  registration required
Pumpkin doodling with Pauline!
Join Tranquil Doodling artist, Pauline Server, for an hour-long class in the Schoolhouse to learn artful techniques that will make this year’s pumpkin pop with charm!
To register for classes drop by the Garden Store or call:
360-466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200



October 2017



Digging, Dividing and Storing Dahlias

Saturday, October 21
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

dahlia_yellow_white_tipsDahlias rarely fail to produce an ample supply of new and high quality tubers when properly divided and stored or overwintered. If you desire to learn quick and reliable ways to expand your dahlia collection from year to year, John and Kathy Willson will teach you how to dig, divide and overwinter your dahlias.  Special emphasis in this workshop will be given to methods for retaining seasonal plant vigor and potency.



Fall Color Walk with John Christianson

Saturday, October 21
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Reservations requested,  complimentary


John Christianson takes gardeners on an ever-popular tour to enjoy and learn about the fabulous Fall colors of leaves and berries in the Nursery’s Display Gardens and at adjoining La Conner Flats. Make sure to dress for the weather and wear good shoes that can take the mud.





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Saturday, October 28
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

Plants play various specific roles in a Japanese garden context. Over many centuries pruning styles have been developed that aim for evoking the landscape and essential qualities of plant and trees. This class is an introduction to the fundamental principles of the aesthetic pruning tradition. Join instructor, Hans Wressnigg, and bring along your hand bypass pruner for practicing various cutting techniques.





November 2017



Christianson’s Nursery Celebrates  

La Conner’s  Art’s Alive!  

With Their Annual  

Holiday Open House


Free of charge and open to the public, the November 3, 4 & 5, the Holiday Open House is an integral and popular part of Christianson’s Nursery annual holiday scene, a treasure trove of original local, visual and culinary artisans.


Friday Evening, November 3

Wine Tasting & French Crepes

5:00 p.m. – 8 :00 p.m.


Saturday and Sunday, November 4 – 5

Shopping & Savoring

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Featured Artists:

Beach Castle Sweets
Bob Bowling Rustics
Connie Funk Mosaics
Crepes Guy 
Fat Dragonfly (courtesy photo)
Isola Handmade Originals
Julie Schei 
  Laura Campbell, Wreath Weaver 
Sky Valley Prairie Band, Cajun and Creole Louisiana (noon – 3:00 pm)
Suzi’s Glass Studio 
Tracy Shchaffer
Verso Jewelry

Friday night is an evening of art exploration hosted by the Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse with samples by Crepes Guy serving locally resourced ingredients from Skagit Valley!  Throughout the Nursery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we will feature visual, musical and culinary artists, many working live and selling their creations.  Free of charge and open to the public, you’ll find each artist location a unique experience to visit and intimate enough to have an artful discussion of their backstory and artistic process.  Full of art and craft, ranging from painting to jewelry, sculpture to prints, textiles to pots, the Holiday Open House is a special example that provides more artists an opportunity to exhibit their work.

Held in conjunction with the Town of La Conner’s Art’s Alive! Annual celebration of artists within the Skagit and Island community, you will feel inspired start your holiday shopping and treat yourself to our community’s best original art!

Japanese-inspired Gardens for Small Spaces

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


beautiful-japanese-garden-designs-for-small-spacesThe power of the Japanese garden design tradition lies in its adaptability to spaces of any size. With shrinking living spaces in modern cities and towns the ancient Japanese courtyard garden style (Tsuboniwa) is experiencing a revival throughout the world. Join Hans Wressnigg and learn how to identify and develop tsuboniwa spaces in your home or business.





Conifer Walk with John Christianson

Saturday, November 11
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Reservations requested, complimentary


Conifers add so much variety and interest to our year-round gardens.   Join John Christianson on a casual tour to enjoy and learn about many great conifers in the Nursery’s display gardens and at adjoining La Conner Flats. Dress for the weather and wear good shoes for muddy spots.





Impressionistic Flower and Garden Photography

Saturday, November 18
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required


I10456894616_399a862ebb_bnspired by the nineteenth Century French impressionist painters, more and more garden photographers are discovering with long exposures, they can use their cameras and smartphones as a “digital paintbrush.” These “painterly” techniques for all photographers are surprisingly easy to learn.

Your instructors John and Kathy Willson will show you how to photograph flowers in ways perhaps you never have imagined.





21st Annual Holiday Tea

& Visit with Father Christmas

Saturday, November 25


Holiday Tea
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
We extend our appreciation to customers with this complimentary Holiday Tea to celebrate the upcoming Holiday Season. Bring your family and friends to enjoy tea, scones, assorted sandwiches, chocolates and desserts. Our 1888 Schoolhouse will be decorated in a delightful candlelit 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.

Maximum of 36 guests per session: 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Reservations required. Donations will benefit the La Conner Regional Library Foundation.

Father and Mother Christmas Arrives!
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Father and Mother Christmas are excited to greet children of all ages and listen to their Christmas wishes while sitting with them in the 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.

Holiday Wreath-Making Classes
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Deck the halls with ease by using our wreath-making machine along with inspiring help from designers Karen Harper and Laura Campbell. Classes last one hour-long. We provide a stunning array of fresh 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 your own pruners and gardening gloves. For customers with experience using wreath making machines, additional time for their use will be available from November 27 to December 24. Please call ahead for reservations.

Maximum of 7 students per class: 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Reservations required. Class fee: $8

To make your reservations for classes and events, please visit the Nursery or call us at 360-466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200.



December 2017



Moong and Masur Dal from the Vij’s restaurant (in Vancouver) and Parsnip & Pear Cream Soup

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

Picture gold, red and green and you will be looking at SSWF-LentilCurry from the Vij’s restaurant (in Vancouver) cookbook. The red and yellow lentils cook quickly while you make a flavor base of cumin, tomatoes, ginger and a little something spicy. Culinary instructor Suzanne Butler puts them together with bright green spinach to make a beautiful winter soup that tastes complicated but is simple to make.

Parsnips and pears come together in a velvety, cream soup. It’s a soup with delicate but unmistakable flavors that offers comfort as well as elegance. This soup is a perfect introduction to parsnips for the uninitiated.



Swans of the Skagit

Saturday, December 2
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

The majestic beauty of fields filled with white swans, both native trumpeter and tundra swans, is virtually at Christianson’s doorstep in December, January and February. Come hear wildlife biologist Martha Jordan discuss these amazing birds (the largest waterfowl in the world) and share Skagit Valley’s best places to view them. Jordan is the Executive Director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association. Make your reservations early; this is always a wildly popular class!

Winter Interest in the Garden

Saturday, December 9
11:00 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

Scott Conner ReconstructedA U.W. Graduate in Botany, local radio and television personality, business consultant and long-time Nurseryman, Scott Conner teaches Winter Interest in the Garden at the Schoolhouse.

We are blessed to live in the PNW and have, in my opinion, the mildest year-round climate. Sure spring is nice and summers are colorful, fall color is great, but we don’t have to stop there. There are MANY wonderful plants that shine and look great during our shortest days. Let us explore just a few of my favorite year-round plants that show off their glory in the winter.







Snow Geese of the Skagit

Saturday, December 9
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

snow geeseVast numbers of snow geese migrate to Skagit Valley farmlands from Alaska and Wrangell Island, Russia. Come learn more about their fascinating life history and challenges with wildlife biologist Martha Jordan, who is Executive Director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association. Make your reservations early for this popular class!