Classes

September Classes & Workshops

 
Terrarium Building Workshop
Saturday, October 6,  10:30 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $45

 

Learn the basics of how to build your own succulent or houseplant terrarium! Discover tricks and tips for terrarium design, planting, and care from Christianson’s own Hardgoods Buyer, Lily Hirdler, CPH.  All materials for one basic terrarium will be included (drainage stones, soil, and three small succulents/sedums or house plants). The workshop is limited to 16 participants. Kids, teens, and adults welcome.

 
 
Aesthetic Pruning
Saturday, October 13,  11:00 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8

Aesthetic pruning is as much of an art as it is a science. Your trees and shrubs will be in much better hands if your pruning efforts are grounded in the knowledge of basic biological and physiological responses. Learn how to set pruning goals and approach your pruning with a clear vision for your landscape.  Hans Wressnigg of NIWA Japanese-inspired Landscapes will also offer insights about how pruning can lend a Japanese touch to your garden.

 
 
The Way of Tea
Saturday, October 13,  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
reservations required
class fee: $8

The Japanese Tea Ceremony, also called the Way of Tea or Chadō, is one of the ways of training (dō) that is centuries old. It includes many aspects of our daily lives and teaches us to live in artistic balance with fellow human beings and nature. Sensei Shelley Tomas will teach the basic theory, historical and aesthetic context, and the sequence of a formal tea gathering.

 
 
Seed-Saving & Seed Swap
Saturday, October 20,  10:30 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8


 
 
“Seed savers perpetuate centuries of evolution.” -Anonymous

People save seeds for many different reasons: to save money, preserve genetic diversity and preferred flavor, and to connect with their community. Expand your gardening and seed-saving know-how with helpful garden tips and a seed-saving demonstration from Skagit County Master Gardener, Dixie Mitchell. Enjoy making surprisingly simple Origami seed packets with a single piece of paper to use for the after-class seed exchange.

Bring your extra flower, vegetable, and herb seeds, and tubers or other plants you would like to share, and make sure they are labeled for an after-class seed exchange with other participants and local seed vendors.

 
 
Orchidaceae
Saturday, October 27,  11:00 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8

Harvey Brenneise has grown orchids as a hobby for 50 years and will discuss how to keep the little beauties alive, happy and blooming again.  The family Orchidaceae is the largest family of flowering plants, including natives in Washington. Most ornamentals, though, are tropical and epiphytic (they don’t grow in soil) and need different care from other house plants. However, if you can grow houseplants, you can grow orchids. Bring plants you have questions about, and the “doctor” will diagnose and dispense advice, and maybe even repot some of them for free! 

 
 
Fall Color Walk with John Christianson
Saturday, October 27,  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
reservations required
complimentary

 
 

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz

Enjoy a fall color walk at its most vivid with John Christianson as he shares some of his favorite trees and shrubs in their vibrant fall finery. Walk the grounds around the Nursery’s Display Gardens and the adjoining La Conner Flats and enjoy a blaze of color. Be sure to dress warm for the weather and wear good shoes that can take the mud!

 
 

Spiral Topiary Workshop 
Saturday, November 10,  10:30 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee $25

Bring the splendor of the holiday season home by creating a living spiral tabletop topiary with author and NWFGS speaker, Sue Goetz. A one-gallon spired Dwarf Alberta Spruce shaped into a holiday centerpiece adds an elegant, natural touch and brings the winter garden indoors!

Class begins with a brief talk about topiary basics including classical garden uses, traditional shapes (and maybe not so traditional!) and the best plant material for shaping. You will then try your hand at spiraling a small evergreen topiary to take home. Please bring gloves and a pair of scissors or pruning shears.

 
 
Gnocchi; A Delicious Winter Meal
Saturday, November 1,  11:00 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee $15

Culinary wizard, Suzanne Butler, will demonstrate making two kinds of savory gnocchi that will inspire a delicious winter meal. Learn the secrets of making pumpkin gnocchi with brown butter sage sauce and potato gnocchi with a lovely tomato ragu that is sure to impress your friends and family. Gnocchi makes a comforting weekend lunch or a warming Sunday dinner on cold rainy days.

 
 
Swans of Skagit
Saturday, December 1,  11:00 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee $8

The majestic beauty of fields filled with white swans, both native trumpeter and tundra, are virtually at Christianson’s doorstep in December, January, and February. At this highly informational presentation from wildlife biologist and Executive Director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, Martha Jordan, you will learn about these amazing birds – the largest waterfowl in the world – and discover the best places to view them in Skagit Valley.

Both the Swan and Snow Geese classes sell out fast. Reserve your spot today!

 
 
Snow Geese of the Skagit
Saturday, December 8,  11:00 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee $8

Vast numbers of snow geese migrate to Skagit Valley farmlands from Alaska and Wrangell Island, Russia. Learn more about their fascinating migratory history and current challenges from wildlife biologist and Executive Director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, Martha Jordan.

Both the Swan and Snow Geese classes sell out fast. Reserve your spot today!