Art in the Schoolhouse

Art in the Schoolhouse
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April 1 – April 30

For the entire month of April, our original 1888 Meadow Schoolhouse will be transformed into an art gallery as the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild showcases handmade expressions of fine and garden art.

The Guilded Gallery is a cooperative, non-profit venue for Art Guild members to show and sell their art.  For more information, view their website

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Rent Mason Bee Kits this Sunday at Christianson’s Nursery

Spring is here! Now is the perfect time to work together and help pollinate your garden with native mason bees from Rent Mason Bees.

Pick up your mason bee kits this Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in front of the Garden Store. Each kit comes fully assembled and includes a real wood house (painted black), custom nesting block, and two white emergence tubes.

These gentle pollinators will increase your fruit production, boost the health of your backyard, and contribute to the local population of native insects.

Return your kits to the Nursery when the pollination season is complete (to be announced).

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A Rosy Day Out:  Sixteenth Annual Rose Festival

Saturday, June 22

Authors and garden experts from around the Pacific Northwest will gather at the Nursery to offer gardeners current information on the hottest trends in rose care.  Gregarious keynote speakers Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson (AKA “The Rosebuds”) will talk about their favorite roses and rose companions again this year!  Leading up to Ciscoe and John’s talk we are pleased to host Seattle rosarian, Jeff Wyckoff, who will offer advice on choosing the right rose plant and placement, and author Nita-Jo Rountree who will discuss the ease of growing Kordes roses. All presentations will be held under the Big Tent in our Schoolhouse Garden.

  Calling All Rosarians

As part of Christianson’s Annual Rose Festival, the Tri-Valley Rose Society is hosting its Rose Display in our Schoolhouse and is extending an invitation to amateurs and experts alike to submit their roses to be voted on in the following categories: Best in Show, Best Fragrant Rose and Best Floral Display incorporating perennials with roses. Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson will announce the winners and a $50 gift certificate will be awarded. Entries must be submitted between 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. on the day of the Festival.


A Schedule of Rosy Events at the Schoolhouse

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

9 – 10:30 a.m.           Rose Display entry submission

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.          Self-guided tour of our Schoolhouse Rose Garden

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Tri-Valley Rose Society members available for rose advice

11 a.m. – noon          Plant Selection; Right Plant in the Right Place with Seattle Rosarian Jeff Wyckoff

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.          Easy Care Kordes Roses with Author and Speaker Nita-Jo Rountree

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.          Complimentary Ice Cream Social with Mallard’s Rose Ice Cream, made with organic rose oil

3 p.m.                        Favorite Roses and Rose Companions with Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson

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Mother’s Day Weekend at Christianson’s Nursery

Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12
9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Mother’s Day is a widely celebrated special day to honor all mothers and motherhood.  This year, plan to bring mom to the Nursery to spend a leisurely afternoon and take in the sights of the lovely English-styled Rose Garden and let the kids beckon the farm animals as they come into view.

Strolling through the vintage greenhouses to select from our bountiful hanging baskets collection (handmade by our creative in-house designers) is certain to bring mom a lasting memory of the day.

Delight her with a stop into our Primrose gift shop, too! Always a treat to visit, mom will certainly be charmed by a vintage-themed gift or a seasonal new item for her home.

As a Mother’s Day tradition, we will be serving complimentary coffee and Toni’s delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies.

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Christianson’s Tulip Festival Events

Art in the Schoolhouse
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 1 – April 30

Pat’s Philly Steak Sandwiches & Crepes
April 5 – April 20

Sweet & Savory Catering serving ‘Pour Over’ Coffee and Pastries
Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20, & 27

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a destination event for the Pacific Northwest.  Every year the month-long Festival celebrates the beginning of springtime with millions of tulips bursting into bloom.  People from all over the world come to see the beautiful Roosengardde and Tulip Town gardens and marvel at the flower fields (just 10 minutes outside the city center of Mount Vernon).  The spectacular colored lines light up the beautiful landscape some of which will bloom directly across the street from Christianson’s Nursery this year!

With plentiful parking and the best plant selection in Skagit Valley, Christianson’s Nursery is a highlight for flower enthusiasts and gardeners who love to discover unusual plants and enjoy historical mid-century glass Greenhouses.  Be sure to visit Primrose Antiques and Gift Shop, located across the courtyard from the Garden Store, for Spring inspiration such as vintage-inspired Easter basket stuffers, antique treasures, and a wonderful selection of seasonal books, cards and home decor.

For the entire month of April, our original 1888 Meadow Schoolhouse will be transformed into an art gallery as the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild showcases handmade expressions of fine and garden art. Just outside the Schoolhouse, tulip fields, snow geese, daffodils, and Mount Baker all provide a dramatic backdrop for Pat’s Philly Steak Sandwiches and Crepes, while inside the Front Greenhouse, Sweet & Savory Catering will serve fresh ‘pour over’ coffee, tea and hot chocolate from France along with delectable handmade pastries.

Plan to spend an afternoon with us and enjoy a picnic lunch in our charming English-styled Rose Garden as you experience stunning vistas of our beautiful valley.  No matter how you choose to experience the Skagit Valley during the Tulip Festival, you are sure to marvel at the beauty!


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Bare Root Season is Here!

January through March is bare root season at Christianson’s and that means big savings on trees, plants, and shrubs for your garden, including fruit, flowering and shade trees, hydrangeas, lilacs, cane fruit and some herbaceous edibles such as strawberries, asparagus and rhubarb.

To plant; dig a hole twice the diameter of the root system and no deeper than its length. Make sure the graft union, down at the base of the stem, is several inches above the soil.  Break up and loosen the soil before replacing it around the roots.

Ask one of our Nursery experts about how to properly condition and plant a bare root tree or shrub while you’re here.

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Elegant Garden Weddings and Special Events at Christianson’s Nursery

Christianson’s Schoolhouse is a poetic venue for your garden wedding.  Intimate and elegant, the artfully restored Meadow Schoolhouse accommodates ceremonies with up to 50 seated guests and is the oldest remaining one room schoolhouse in Northwest Washington.

The English-styled Rose Garden offers a secondary ceremony site and accommodates up to 150 guests outdoors amidst a sweeping grass lawn lined with perennials, boxwood and espaliered apple hedges while surrounded by views of Mount Baker and the panoramic farmland of Skagit Valley.

Celebrate with your bridal party in our quaint, vintage-styled Bridal Cottage equipped with vanity, outlets, mirrors, “Jill” access to the restroom and our (summer of 2018) Groom’s Quarters just steps away from the Schoolhouse.
Call the Nursery, or email for a personal tour: 360-466-3821,

Complimentary Accessories:
*Eight-foot Mercantile table (perfect for bar or catering placement)
*2, six-foot banquet tables
*Antique Podium
*4-6′ Rustic Benches
*Wi-Fi access
*AV equipment
*Kitchen facilities with walk-in cooler for storage
*Dedicated parking space for food vendors adjacent to Schoolhouse and Rose Garden
*Access to the Nursery’s handrestored glass greenhouses accentuated with antique finials for photography
*Plentiful parking

CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Christianson’s Schoolhouse seats 50 guests and our English-styled Rose Garden accommodates up to 150 seated guests.

Saturday and Sunday: $1500
Friday $ 1200
Weekdays $900

Allowed, permit necessary

Kitchen available with walk-in cooler
Food Truck
Off-site catering


Year-round, 9am-10pm.

Accessory and Vintage Rental List (Images and Prices Upon Request):
Vintage Freestanding Candelabras
Vintage Staked Candelabras
Vintage Tables (for guest book, wedding cake)
Pembroke Table (two hinged leaves)
Antique French Plant Stands (Assorted)
Antique Plant Baskets (Assorted)
Rustic Metal Arbors
Rustic Metal Oblisque

Please Note: Nursery retail hours occur between 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  “Private Event” signs may be staked near entryways during retail hours.  Evening weddings may use grounds as an extension of the Schoolhouse venue.

Specs of the Venue:
Meadow Schoolhouse (20′ x 30′)
Sweeping grass lawn (80 square feet)

Outdoor Electricity:
SW exterior of Schoolhouse
East exterior of Bridal Cottage
Adjacent to food truck parking

Extended Location Uses:
Gardening Classes
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Garden Clubs and Society Meetings
Garden Events

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