Flower and Garden Festival 2023 ‘Spring Vibes Only’

Spring Vibes Only

Seattle Convention Center

February 15th-February 19th

 

This year, we will have our commercial exhibit in the plant market celebrating this year’s theme, “Spring Vibes Only”. The Festival occurs on February 15th – 19th, 2023, and tickets will be on sale at the Nursery’s Garden Store beginning in December.  Early bird prices are $21, and $26 during the dates of the show.

Give a Flower Bus ride as a gift for family or friends and enjoy the ease of riding a comfortable coach to the Flower and Garden Festival.  The Flower Buses leave the Nursery on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 15th, 16th, and 17th, at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m.  The cost of a combination show ticket and bus ride is $62.  For reservations on the Flower Bus, visit the Nursery, or call 360-466-3821.

Learn more about the upcoming Festival HERE

 

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Spring Orchid Festival and Show

Spring Orchid Festival and Show

March 4th and 5th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Join us in the Propagation House on March 4th and 5th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., to observe the diverse and beautiful group of Orchidaceae we will have to show on the cement tables of the greenhouse. David Edgley and his colleagues, who have been hobby orchid growers for 50 years, will discuss how to keep the unique plants alive, happy, and repeat blooming. The Orchidaceae family is the largest of flowering plants, including natives in Washington. Most ornamentals, though, are tropical and epiphytic (they don’t grow in soil) and require unique care from other houseplants. If you have questions concerning your orchid plants, we will have “orchid doctors” on-site to offer advice on care as well as provide tips on re-blooming. The Mount Baker Orchid Society will also offer their services by donation to re-pot your orchids. This will be judged by the American Orchid Society, with awards being presented in the afternoon on March 5th.

 

We hope you will join us for our 4th Annual Orchid Festival here at the Nursery. You will surely be impressed by the diversity of plants and the knowledge of the orchid experts.

 

Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for plant inspiration and seasonal gardening tips!

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A Rosy Day Out! 20th Annual Celebration of the Rose, Saturday, June 24th

Saturday, June 24th, 2023

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

We are eagerly anticipating celebrating our 20th Annual Rose Festival under the big tent centered in the charming Schoolhouse Rose Garden. This annual festival is beloved by the gardening community, and we always enjoy rose-related conversations throughout the day. This year, we will have wonderful discussions to attend, and hope to see you in the gardens. 

 

“A Rosy Day Out” includes a community rose display and competition in the Schoolhouse, an ice cream social in the afternoon, and opportunities to sit together with like-minded gardeners in the Schoolhouse Rose Garden while listening to keynote speakers. This year, we will celebrate garden roses, showcase a community rose display and friendly rose competition and of course, offer tips, tricks, and experienced knowledge on rose care. At  3 p.m., our favorite “Rose Buds” Ciscoe and John, will enthusiastically share their favorite rose companions…and give away plants too! 

 

Enter Your Garden Roses in Our Community Rose Display & Competition 

 

It is a joy to grow roses. It is even more fulfilling to share lovely garden roses with friends and neighbors. If you have a  rose growing in your garden that is especially fragrant or beautiful to admire, we encourage you to enter Christianson’s  Community Rose Display. Every June during our Rose Festival, we extend invitations to all rose gardeners 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 and John will announce the winners and award them each a $50 gift certificate after their 3:00 p.m. presentation under the tent. Entries must be submitted between 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. on the day of the Festival. A large part of our Rose Festival’s success is our volunteers who represent Skagit’s Tri-Valley Rose  Society. For years, they have contributed to and managed the Community Rose Display in the Schoolhouse. A special thanks to all the volunteers for their outstanding efforts and continued enthusiasm for garden roses.  

 

A Schedule of Rosy Events 

 

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

9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Community Rose Display entry submissions 

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

1 p.m.-2 p.m. Rose Workshop with Triple Wren Farms owner and flower grower, Sarah Pabody

2 p.m. Ice Cream Social 

3 p.m.-4 p.m. “Roses Through the Years” with Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson

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A Fascination for Hellebores

Christianson’s 17th Winter Festival

Saturday and Sunday, February 25th – 26th, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Riz Reyes, February 25th, 1:00 p.m.

Now through April, when most perennials are slumbering in dormancy, hellebores are in full bloom with flowers that provide color and interest in the sleepy winter garden. Known as the Christmas or Lenten rose, hellebore’s cheery characteristic brightens the winter garden and reinstills hope for warmer months ahead. Now available in endless varieties with endearing forms likened to single-petal roses, both Helleborus orientalis and Helleborus niger are fit for winter survival from pot to ground.

Plant hellebores in groups of three to five or combine them with other lasting companions such as snowdrops, daffodils, hardy cyclamen, bleeding hearts, Trillium, and Japanese tassel fern. Together, they will make a beautiful winter flower bed that requires little care. Discover our diverse selection of hellebores by visiting the Propagation House during this year’s Winter Celebration.

For up to date happenings about the Winter Festival follow us on Instagram & Facebook @ChristiansonsNursery

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Elegant Garden Weddings at Christianson’s Nursery

Welcome to Christianson’s Nursery and Greenhouse
Conveniently located minutes off the I-5 corridor, The Garden Venue at Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse sits among the fertile terroir of the Skagit Valley farmlands. From our manicured gardens and rural acreage on the Best Road, guests enjoy expansive views of majestic Mount Baker to the east and sunsets over the quaint town of La Conner and the San Juan Islands to the west. A desirable location for destination weddings, our beautiful gardens, historic architectural buildings, and authentically restored glass greenhouses are considered a favorite among Pacific Northwest garden enthusiasts.

 

Christianson’s Schoolhouse and Gardens
Built-in the year 1888, the 600 square foot Meadow Schoolhouse has been lovingly restored and positioned within a picture-perfect English-style rose and perennial garden. The expansive display gardens guide guests along with manicured grass lawns through a rose collector’s dream. Experience the quintessential natural beauty of our established northwest garden filled with scents of notable modern and old-fashioned roses. You and your guests will be surrounded by the colorful and fragrant blooms of companion plants, odoriferous shrubs, and mature boxwood hedges, all surrounded by sentinel deciduous and evergreen trees. The Schoolhouse’s approximate capacity allows for 50 seated, 10 standing guests, and the Rose Garden’s (located outside behind the Schoolhouse) approximate capacity allows for 120 guests.
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The Teacher’s Cottage
Nestled into the southwest corner of the display gardens, The Teacher’s Cottage stands as another cherished nod to Skagit Valley’s rich history. The rustic cottage is adorned with antique furnishings and vintage accents. A quaint little cottage decorated in romantic tones and feminine finds, the cottage beckons bridal parties to gather in preparation for a very special day. Private washrooms are made available for our guests in this private event space.

 

The Oak Room
A leisurely stroll past the mini-farm, guests will enjoy a visit with Rosie the llama and her diminutive goat and red hen friends. The Oak Room is styled with masculine overstuffed leather chairs, antique decor, and a working vintage icebox ready to store snacks and refreshing beverages. The groom and his party will enjoy the casual out-of-doors setting and the views from the Old Granary loading dock in the shade of the old fir trees.

 

The Front House and Adjoining Propagation House
Additional venue space is made available during evenings (6 to 10 p.m.) inside our beautifully restored glasshouses which feature the seasonal year-round blooming foliage of annuals, nursery plants, and hanging baskets. The subtle cooing of the paired doves in the fully restored 1946 Propagation house is a perfect backdrop for photo shoots, cocktail receptions, and intimate sit-down dinners. (Indoors approximate capacity: 50 seated, 65 standing.)

 

The Vinery
The Vinery will offer a grander space for your special occasions. We will share more about the availability of this special venue as we get closer to the opening date. Thank you!

 

Tours
Christianson’s invites you to come out for a tour and explore our unique offerings to host weddings, bridal showers, and special private or public events. Contact us or call for a personal tour at 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
*Restrooms
*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 hand restored 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.

 

Single Day Rental of Schoolhouse and Gardens

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday: $3,400.00

Friday: $3,800.00

Saturday or Sunday: $3,800.00

 

Single Day Rental of The Vinery

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday: $4,400.00

Friday: $4,800.00

Saturday or Sunday: $4,800.00

 

Alcohol:
Allowed, permit necessary

 

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

 

Availability:
Year-round, with the exception of unavailability during the busy nursery months of April and May, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

 

Included Accessories: The Venue at Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse includes the use of 60 wooden foldable chairs, two (2) 8-foot banquet tables, four (4) wooden benches, one antique podium, lawn furniture, and kitchen access. The mercantile table and bookshelves are permanent fixtures in the schoolhouse and should not be removed. Note: Additional vintage fixtures and furnishings (tables, candelabra, wrought iron arbor, floral bucket, and plant stands) are available to rent for an additional fee. 

 

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

 

Outdoor Electricity:
SW exterior of Schoolhouse
The 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

 

Christianson’s invites you to come out for a tour and explore our unique offerings to host weddings, bridal showers, and special private or public events. Contact us or call for a personal tour at 360-466-3821.

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