Spring Orchid Show, February 24th & 25th

Spring Orchid Show

Saturday and Sunday, February 24th and 25th

Saturday, 9-5

Sunday, 9-4

Featuring the Mount Baker Orchid Society Judged by the American Orchid Society

complimentary classes on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Schoolhouse on Orchid Care and Culture

 

Enjoy strolling through our Propagation House and experience the diversity of orchids on display by the Mount Baker Orchid Society. We will be offering a diverse selection to shop from, as well as “Orchid Doctors” available to answer your growing and re-blooming questions. There will also be re-potting services by donation toward the Mount Baker Orchid Society. This will be a judged show by the American Orchid Society, with awards and ribbons being presented in the afternoon on February 25th.

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Holiday Markets in the Vinery

Our Last Market of the Year!

Skagit Valley 2023 Holiday Market

December 17th, 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Last season’s Holiday Markets were such a joy and we are thrilled and excited to gather in the cozy Vinery once again to kick off this holiday season. We will be showcasing Skagit Valley’s wonderful farmers, artisans, and craftspeople all celebrating the great diversity that makes up Skagit Valley. Shop from a selection of handmade gifts and an assortment of locally baked goods.

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I Love Spring! Flower and Garden Festival 2024

I Love Spring!

Seattle Convention Center

February 14th-February 18th

 

This year, we will have our commercial exhibit in the plant market celebrating gardening and landscaping. The Festival occurs on February 14th – 18th, 2024, and tickets will be on sale at the Nursery’s Garden Store beginning in December, or you can purchase your tickets online HERE.  Early bird prices are $22, and $27 during the dates of the show.

Join us as we celebrate “I Love Spring” with over 20 display gardens, more than 115 sessions and other learning activities, and thousands of treasures in the garden marketplace. The Northwest Flower & Garden Festival is the best annual event to gather ideas and inspiration for beautiful living spaces. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting to dig in the dirt, there’s something for everyone!

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 new this year, SATURDAY, February 14th, 15th, 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 $63.  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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A Rosy Day Out! 21st Annual Celebration of the Rose, Saturday, June 22nd

Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

We are eagerly anticipating celebrating our 21st 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 

11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Walking tour with Marianne Binetti discussing happy plant marriages in the Schoolhouse Rose Garden

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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URGENT! Save Skagit Farm Venues

SAVE SKAGIT FARM VENUES

 

Skagit County is currently creating a new code that is far more restrictive than neighboring Whatcom and Snohomish counties.  This new proposed code will reduce the number of events that farm venues can host by 50% making it difficult or impossible for farm venues to stay in business. If the proposed code does go through, the changes could go into effect as early as 2025.

Our Skagit Farm Venues group is currently working on a code counter-proposal. Please help us spread the word by following our “Skagit Farm Venues” social media accounts, visiting & sharing the website, and voicing your concerns on the matter with your contacts.

There will be a Skagit County Planning Meeting on July 25, 2023, at 6 pm at the Skagit County Hearing Room (1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) that is open to public attendance and comments.  It’s crucial that farm venue owners, event vendors, and all supporters attend this meeting and voice our concerns! (Even if you don’t feel comfortable speaking, your attendance will show support.) Decisions on county code changes will be made as a result of this meeting!

 

Visit our Stakeholder Meeting Notes

7-26-23 Final Agritourism Stakeholder Group Notes

8-2-23 Final Agritourism Stakeholder Group Notes

8-7-23 Final Agritourism Stakeholder Group Notes

8-9-23 Final-Final Agritourism Stakeholder Group Notes

 

Check out the website HERE

Sign the Petition HERE

Thank you for your support!

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A Fascination for Hellebores, March 2nd-3rd

Christianson’s 19th Winter Festival

Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd – 3rd, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Mark Leighty from Little Prince, Oregon, March 2nd, 1 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.

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Annual Holiday Tea and A Visit with Father Christmas

A Favorite Nursery Tradition

Annual Holiday Tea and A Visit with Father Christmas

Saturday, November 25th

*Holiday Tea is fully booked, please call to join our waitlist

 

As we approach the holiday season, we extend our appreciation to our customers by serving our traditional Holiday Tea. Our 1888 Schoolhouse will be decorated in a delightful, candlelit Pacific Northwest theme with woodland arrangements on white linen-covered tables. With each holiday tea we host, we are delighted to see returning families who have made this a holiday tradition for years. Enjoy tea, assorted sandwiches, hot scones with butter and local jams, chocolates, and desserts while listening to auto harpist Bob Harper and violinist and cellist Dennis Burkhardt who will play background chamber music to add to the 19th-century setting. Dress up for a formal tea with hats and gloves or come as you are.

A Visit with Father Christmas

no registration required

Saturday, November 25th

10 a.m. – 4 p.m

Father Christmas greets children of all ages and listens to their Christmas wishes whilst standing beside our antique red clipper sleigh nestled in a woodland setting in our warm Front Greenhouse from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Watch for the joy in children’s eyes as they visit face-to-face with Father Christmas. Please bring your own cameras for keepsake photos.

Wishing you a joyful holiday season!

~Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse~

 

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Art in the Schoolhouse & PNW Artisan Marketplace

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

 

PNW Artisan Marketplace in the Vinery
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

April 1 – April 30

 

We are excited to host the PNW Artisan Marketplace in the Vinery during the month of April. They will have 65  crafters and artists of all kinds. Painters, potters, jewelers, specialty foods, fabric arts, bath and body, kids, and more. Visit their website to learn more  https://pnwartisanmarketplace.com/ 

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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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