Classes

Gardening Class Schedule

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

..: MARCH, APRIL, MAY & JUNE  2017 :.

 

Apps and Snaps for iPhone and iPad Gardeners
Saturday, March 25
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

Every grubber-bucketsardener who seeks to capture the elusive moments of perfection in plants and gardens must inevitably turn to photography.  Hear John and Kathy Willson explain how they use the newest digital gardening tools – “the iPhone and iPad “, to capture and archive the stunning beauty and grandeur of gardens around the world.  Then take home skills with five new apps to immediately grow and harvest your garden photography skills.  An alternative will be available for Android users!

 

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

..: APRIL, MAY, JUNE  2017 :.

 

Create a May Day Basket!
Saturday, April 29
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $34.00, reservations required
Have you ever been surprised on May 1st with a May basket hung on the door?  This year, bring back the forgotten tradition and make a May basket at Christianson’s Nursery with artist, Laura Campbell.  In past times, hanging a May basket on someone’s door was a chance to express romantic interest.  Spread the love and learn to fashion baskets to an 8” (screen-covered moss) cone and handle with tools brought from home: gloves, pruners and pliers.  Fill your basket with plants (available for purchase at the Nursery), small, thoughtful gifts and candies or hide a jar inside to hold fresh cuts from your spring garden!  We provide materials for construction.  This class may inspire you to make several more baskets for loved ones that will send them to dance around the May Pole with joy!

 

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
April 1-30, 2017

TulipsThe Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30, celebrating millions of tulips bursting into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The tulips allow us to share our corner of the world and showcase Skagit Valley agriculture. The fields of tulips are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley as are the many events and activities that comprise the festival and happen only in the month of April (See Christianson’s Events).  The tulip fields are the crops of RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Co., Inc. and Tulip Town. Do to crop rotation, the fields are in different locations each year.  For up to date bloom information, visit: www.tulips.com.

 

Jewels in the Garden

Saturday, June 3
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

hummerDarting through our gardens, hummingbirds never cease to amaze us.  These little stunt fliers can fly forward, backward, hover and even fly upside-down as they seek nectar, their favorite food.  What do hummingbirds eat that provides energy for all their aerobatics in our gardens? Learn from Sheila Pera, Education Chair at Skagit Audubon Society, about the mysteries and wonders of hummingbirds and what plants will attract them to your garden.

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Saturday, June 3
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

Cyndi StuartLearn everything you need to know about getting started on the path to growing your own food with Speaker and Author, Cyndi Stuart from The Roost at Roddy Creek!  Cyndi’s book, “Real Food from a Real Farm: Eating Through the Seasons” will be available for purchase before and after class.  We will discuss how to start seeds, buy plants and how to get your ground or raised beds ready (without biting off more than you can chew) in the first season. Start small, be successful, enjoy the harvest and be excited to do it all again next year.

 

Slime No More!

Saturday, June 10
11 a.m. – noon
Class Fee: $8, reservations required

SnailsManaging and reducing slug and snail populations is no small feat, just ask Master Gardener, Diana Wisen, from WSU Research and Extension Center.  Learn multiple approaches (biological, cultural, mechanical and chemical) to rid your garden of these gastropods and the best methods to reduce the damage done by non-native slugs and snails.

 

Organic Rose Petal Jelly & Sorbet

Saturday, June 25
11 a.m. – noon

Class Fee: $15, reservations required

Rose Petal JellyBack by popular demand!  Culinary expert and Cooking Instructor, Suzanne Butler, will be using organic Rugosa rose petals from the Nursery’s own Rose Garden to make a beautiful, fragrant rose petal jelly and sorbet!!  Attendees receive an adorable mini (1.5 ounce) hexagon glass jar of rose petal jelly tied with a bow to take home.  This class has never been offered before and will be sure to please.   Class size limit is 25, please register early!