To register for classes call us at 360-466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200
..: JANUARY 2017 :.
Suzanne Butler, former cooking assistant for “The Galloping Gourmet”, Graham Kerr, will demonstrate two winter-warming soups made primarily from local ingredients. Leek and Potato is a classic French soup with ingredients from Ralph’s Greenhouse on the Skagit flats. It’s simple, tasty, and surprisingly quick to make. Velvety carrot soup will travel the flavor world. Both can please your family and with a few simple embellishments, you can impress your most discerning guests.
Native bees are solitary but neighborly, hole-nesting bees that are easy-to-raise and excellent pollinators. Raising mason bees is the future of sustainable agricultural pollination. Solitary bees are gentle bees because they are not interested in defending their nest making them safe to have around kids and pets. Just ask Emma Davis of W.S.U.’s Research Extension about these pollinators during our class and learn interesting facts about these flying friends.
Interested in growing apples and pears? This class will cover the best growing conditions and the basic pruning methods for fruit trees. Discover your green thumb with the help of Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design, as she demonstrates techniques to help you learn how to keep your trees healthy and productive year after year.
Rose pruning is hot this time of the year! Learn three basic guidelines to prune hybrid teas, shrub or climbing roses with Seattle’s Rosarian, John Harmeling. Enjoy a live demonstration on how to prune roses for optimum growth, health and strength along with tips for proper care. He will also demonstrate how to sharpen your pruners. You will return to your garden armed with prudent practices for beautiful blooms.
Cacti and succulents can be grown outdoors in the Northwest! Learn about which plants grow well outside in the greater Seattle area and which ones need TLC. You will learn general cultivation tips to raise successful succulents. Instructor and avid cactus/succulent collector, Karen Summers has been a member of the Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society Board of Washington State since 1990.
Enjoy a “Taste of Spring” at this year’s 2017 Northwest Flower and Garden Show! Our annual “Flower Buses” are available to ride so you can enjoy the show without the stress of driving and finding parking. The cost of a combination show ticket & bus ride is $52. Buses leave our nursery at 8:30 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 22, 23 and 24. Call the Nursery (360 466 3821) to reserve your seat. Also, if you’re driving down to the show, save by purchasing early bird tickets in our Garden Store ($17 per person, a $5 savings over buying them at the show). Once at the show, stop by our booth (#2126) to spot trendy plant picks and traditional favorites that you will want for your home garden collection. We will also be showcasing our favorite antiques and fancy goods from Primrose, our gift shop.
Our Winter Festival celebrates the range and depth of Hellebores and our Nursery will have a wide variety in full bloom ready to be planted and enjoyed this season. We are fortunate to live in a climate that is friendly to shade-loving Hellebores. When most perennials are in slumber, Hellebores are in full bloom from January through April. These understory perennials are easy-care and deer resistant. And the varieties are endless; some are clear, others have spotting, striping, and can be bi-colored. A few of our favorites are: Helleborus x hybridus ‘Sunrise’, Helleborus niger ‘Josef Lemper’, Helleborus niger x orientalis ‘Madam Lemmonier’, Helleborus x ballardiae ‘Pink Frost’. Complimentary classes begin Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., with Skagit Garden’s horticulturist, Katie Miller. She will discuss these darlings of the winter season and their hardy characteristics. At 1:00 p.m., learn Hellebore basics from Keynote Speaker and noted horticulturist, Riz Reyes, as he discusses different types of Hellebores and how to use them in the garden, cut arrangements and containers. An inspiring and educational day for those seeking happy surprises in their winter gardens. Complementary reservations suggested: 360-466-3821.
Learn how to grow floriferous dahlias from tubers, cuttings and seedlings using inexpensive grow lights and propagation mats. John and Kathy Willson, former owners of popular Swede Hill Dahlia Sunflower Farm, will teach you fool proof methods for getting your plants off to a great growing season of amazing blooms.
Dear Friends, It is with heavy hearts that we pay tribute to our friend, Cass Turnbull, who died on January 26 while on vacation in Hawaii. Cass used her humor as a secret weapon, starting with the name of her signature achievement, the founding of Plant Amnesty 30 years ago. The non-profit’s aim was “to stop senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs”. We enjoyed her lively and colorful talks at the Nursery. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
In gardening, as with many things in life, timing can be everything. Learn by Author and Speaker, Christina Pfeiffer, how using the right techniques at the right points in the growing season offers opportunities that can offer maximum results for a healthier, lovelier garden with less work. Christina’s new book, “Month-By-Month Gardening Pacific Northwest” will be available for purchase before and after class.
Every gardener 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!