New! Evening Gardening Classes at Christianson’s

For reservations, email us or call 360-466-3821

Christianson’s new Evening Gardening Classes will extend your day of gardening into the warmth of the evening. We
invite you to attend our gardening classes every other Wednesday starting in mid-July, and throughout August, from
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. All evening classes can be identified by the date and time below each class title and rescheduled
classes from Phase 1 are marked with an asterisk (*). During Phases 2 & 3, our instructors and staff will be wearing
masks even while practicing social distancing and we appreciate it when our customers do the same.

*The Great Succulent Migration

Wednesday Evening, July 15, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
class size is limited   class fee $8
please check-in at the Garden Store before class

 

Self-sufficient, low maintenance, and adaptable tropical and subtropical succulents continue to be a phenomenon. Perfectly suited to a changing climate, succulents grow in wondrous fractal forms. We often limit our use of succulents to indoor container planting, but did you know about the varieties that may be grown outdoors?

Our Houseplants and Grasses Buyer, Eric Andrews, brings some varieties outdoors where they develop more vivid color and interest than their housebound counterparts. In class, learn specific transplant methods about this diverse plant group, both in the ground and in containers, along with some of Eric’s favorites.

 

*Rock Gardens

Wednesday Evening, August 5,  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
class size limited   class fee: $8
please check-in at the Garden Store before class

 

Transforming an unsightly slope or rocky mound in your garden is easier when you have the right plants and know-how. Skagit County Master Gardener, Dixie Mitchell, presents a slideshow featuring the history of rock gardens with specific examples from Skagit Valley.

 

Her instruction will focus on the home gardener’s challenge to choose plants that are best suited for sun and shade and point out low-maintenance ground huggers that don’t mind poor soil but do need good drainage to survive.

Pine Tree Pruning; to Candle or not to Candle?


Wednesday Evening, August 19,  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

class size limited   class fee: $8
please check-in at the Garden Store before class
In the hopes to coax out a Japanese look from their pine trees, many homeowners resort to a pruning practice known as “candling.” Many frustrated homeowners and mal-pruned trees bear witness that this pruning technique is still poorly understood.
Hans Wressnigg, from NIWA Japanese-inspired Garden, will explain the purpose and techniques of candling and how the practice must be followed up during the autumn pruning season.

 

Bat’s Incredible!

Saturday, September 19,   11:00 a.m. – noon
for ages 5 and up complimentary
class will be held in the Schoolhouse

Back by popular demand, Kathleen Bander, founder of Bats Northwest, contributes to this year’s Skagit County Giant Pumpkin Festival in the Schoolhouse at 11:00 a.m.

Learn about the 15 species of bats native to Washington and learn of night-blooming plants that attract insects for them to eat! Students are encouraged to get up close and personal with real mounted specimens in small glass-covered boxes. Children ages 5 and up, teens, and adults are all encouraged to join this fun and educational class.

 

Instant Fall Containers

Saturday, September 26 11:00 a.m – noon
up to 8 reservations allowed class fee: $15
please check-in at the Garden Store before class

*Demonstration will take place in the Potting ShedChoosing seasonal plants for Fall containers is a cathartic process that helps usher out the overgrown and sun-faded Summer annuals and welcomes in the arrival of Fall color.

Laura Campbell, container designer at Christianson’s Nursery, will expand your awareness of potted plant varieties by overlooking the common commercial varieties (used at many big-box retailers) and offering underutilized and unusual flowers and foliage to fill a container that results in a unique and stunning Fall statement.