Harvest Festival and Quilt Exhibition

 

Join us in the Vinery on October 23rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in our first annual Harvest Festival and Quilt exhibition hosted by the Camano Island Quilters Guild. Enjoy local artisans and craftspeople and visit with quilters from across the state who are displaying their quilts as well as offering some for purchase. Their goal will be to showcase the Guild, community outreach programs, and provide reasonably priced quilts for sale. Their displays will feature Hero Quilts, Row Robin Quilts, Art Quilts, and Challenge Quilts.

Learn more about the Camano Island Quilters Guild here

An entry fee of $6 will be charged for non-members, funds will benefit CIQ.

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Skagit Valley Farmers Market Premier and The Vinery’s Open House

The Skagit Valley Farmers Market and The Vinery’s Open House

Sunday, May 30

10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Skagit Valley Farmers Market at Christianson’s makes its debut this month! Every Sunday, beginning May 30 through September 26,
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the market will feature a full range of community farmers and craft vendors.
The Sunday Market will be just north of the Nursery, in and around The Vinery.

 

We are taking vendor applications now! Contact Market Manager, Kathryn Shiohira for more information at SkagitValleyFarmersMarket@gmail.com.

 

 

So many have been asking about the large structure across the north field from the Nursery. Because this picturesque structure was once a stationary pea vining site from the 1940s to the 1960s, we named it ‘The Vinery’ and it is now open as an event venue.

 

 

As a crowning touch in our restoration of the Vinery, Brenda Cornett, our special projects coordinator, and ‘How It Works’ in Anacortes have been working together to take various photos from our Christianson’s Nursery collection and the Skagit Valley Museum’s collection of old photos of pea farming and processing in the Valley and produce much larger images which now hang in our new Vinery location just north of the Nursery. The original pictures, while very important to Skagit Valley’s agricultural history, had many issues that made them unusable for enlarging to hang in the Vinery – some glossy, some matte, some black and white, some sepia, some out of focus, and some otherwise damaged. How It Works was able to work their magic and a mixed lot of images are now enlarged, some as big as 26” x 40”, all sepia, all-matte, all in focus, and all restored to professional quality. We are always impressed with the ability of this Anacortes business to turn the vision of what we want, compared to what we have in front of us, into reality.

 

 

We are hosting the Vinery’s Open House on Sunday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is available for weddings and other celebrations (the fee schedule will be posted) and we are offering it on a complimentary basis for garden club and agricultural conferences and gatherings. Join us on May 30th for the public opening of the Vinery and the first day of our new ‘Skagit Valley Farmers’ Market at Christianson’s’. Please come for one, come for the other, or, come to celebrate both!

 

Masks and social distancing required as mandated by Washington State.
Contact us to learn more about reserving the Vinery for weddings or click here for photography information

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A Fascination for Hellebores

Christianson’s 15th Winter Festival

Saturday and Sunday, February 27 – 28, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 garden. Known as the Christmas or Lenten rose, hellebore’s cheery characteristic soothes a barren garden bereft of life 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 Christmas Roses 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 your hellebore style by visiting the Propagation House during this year’s Winter Celebration. Please see our COVID-19 FAQ’s.

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

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Visit the Animals

Did you know there are all sorts of animals to see while visiting Christianson’s Nursery? As you stroll the grounds, we invite you to visit our eclectic and entertaining family of animals. Be sure to stop by the Propagation House to see pairs of African Ring Neck doves housed in oversized antique aviaries.  Did you know all of our doves were all given to us? They bring us lots of joy and, every once in a while, a new family member!

Towards the south area of the Nursery, our flock of free-range Rhode Island Red chickens exist happily next to the larger farm animals, Rosie the llama and our dwarf goat, Iris. In 2021, we added rabbits to the family! The bunnies live in the large aviary enclosure in the middle of the rose area, also in the south area of the Nursery.

Many months of the year we have fish in our cistern that features water plants, located along the north side of Primrose, the Nursery’s gift and antique shop.

And last but certainly not least, you will often see our friendly golden retriever, Bloomy, trotting down the pathways carrying a slobbery tennis ball in her mouth. She is a super sweet young pup who loves nothing more than chasing her ball and following our staff around the grounds.

Tag us to let us know who you visited! #ChristiansonsNursery or @ChristiansonsNursery

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Primrose Antiques & Gifts Now on Etsy!

A promise of the unexpected… now on Etsy!

Primrose Antiques & Gifts Shop on Etsy opens their Etsy doors so you can now shop hand-curated, hard-to-find, one of a kind items 24-hours a day.

Antiques will follow the lead of the European Garden aesthetic that Toni and John Christianson have cultivated over the years at Christianson’s Nursery. Toni’s antique collections emphasize French and English pieces that include ironstone, garden tools, bridal tiaras, French boudoir boxes, architectural salvage, and more.

Follow Primrose Antiques & Gifts on Instagram and Facebook as a place to expect the unexpected and to be part of our antique community where wonderful vintage and antique items will be listed.
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COVID-19 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

As of August 20, 2021

 

Yes, we are an essential business.  We are open!

Open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Governor Inslee recently announced an expansion of the statewide mask mandate to all individuals in indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status beginning Monday, Aug. 23.

Christianson’s Nursery continues to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and appreciates when our customers do the same.

 

Are you open?  

Yes, we are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  


Do you have to wear a mask while shopping at the Nursery?

Yes.  Face masks are required statewide regardless of vaccination status while indoors. It is now suggested to wear face masks while outdoors in public spaces.

 

What specific adjustments have you made to help keep it a safe place to visit?

Christianson’s Nursery continues to use protective measures recommended by the CDC that include social distancing, hand washing, and wearing face masks indoors.  As a preventative measure, plexiglass shields remain at each checkout to act as a barrier to help remind you of the six-foot spacial requirement. We have also added a handwashing station in our Propagation greenhouse in addition to our two restrooms.

 

What is the best way to inquire about plant availability?

At this time, the best method to inquire about plant availability is to email Staff.Christiansons@gmail.com.  Inquiries are reviewed and replied to on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Please allow up to 24 hours for a reply from our staff.  If you don’t have internet access or cannot send an email, call the Garden Store at 360-466-3821.

 

Are you offering plant deliveries?

Not at this time. However, do take orders over the phone and hold pre-paid plants for up to two weeks.  

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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, 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 150 guests.
Like and follow our social pages! @ChristiansonsWeddings on Facebook and @Christiansons_Weddings on Instagram

 

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 photoshoots, cocktail receptions, and intimate sit down dinners. (Indoors approximate capacity: 50 seated, 75 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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday: $1,600.00

Friday: $1,850.00

Saturday or Sunday: $2,200.00

 

Two-Day Rentals

Monday/Tuesday, Tuesday/Wednesday, Wednesday/Thursday: $2,800.00

Thursday and Friday: $3,300.00

Friday and Saturday: $3,650.00

Saturday and Sunday: $4,000.00

 

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. – 11:00 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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