Classes

Classes

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

 

November 2017

 
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

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.

 

 

 

 

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
swans

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!