To register for classes call us at 360-466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200

Propagating Perennials

Saturday, January 26, at 11 a.m. – noon
class fee $8

For reservations, visit the Nursery or call 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200
Please check in at the Garden Store before class

Have you ever admired a plant and taken home a snippet only to have it die a week later?  Or, perhaps you have an heirloom peony or a long row of daylilies lining a driveway that you want to share with a neighbor or friend but don’t know where to begin digging?

Christianson’s staff member, Becky Paulik, will guide you through stem, root, and leaf cuttings, divisions, and the intricacies of seeding perennials. Learn from Becky’s long-time nursery career about using the correct tools and proven techniques for successful perennial propagation.

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Kokedama Workshop

Saturday, February 2, at 10:30 a.m. – noon
Class fee $30

For reservations, visit the Nursery or call 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200
Please check in at the Garden Store before class

Kokedama, simply translated, means “root ball”, and is a style of Japanese Bonsai in which a plant’s root system is wrapped in moss and bound with string, transforming it into a living sculpture.

Using a 6-inch Asplenium nidus, or ‘Bird’s Nest’ fern, instructor Megan Brauner will demonstrate how to create your own living sculpture to use as a beautiful accent for any room in your home.  Bring gloves and pruners.

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Pruning Fruit Trees

Saturday, February 9, at 11:00 a.m. – noon
Class fee $8

NOTICE OF DATE CHANGE!

Due to our inclement weather, this week’s class “Pruning Fruit Trees” has been changed to Sunday, February 17, at 11:00 a.m.

Please call the Garden Store if you are unable to attend: 360-466-3821
please check in at the Garden Store beforehand.

We appreciate your flexibility!

 

Get your fruit trees ready for Spring!  Learn basic pruning methods for home orchard fruit trees – apple, pear, and stone fruit (cherry, peach/nectarine, plum, and apricot).

Skagit County Master Gardener, Jacky King, will teach you how to train young trees using different pruning systems, as well as how to maintain trees as they grow and begin to produce fruit for harvest.

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Bonsai; Extraordinary Rituals


Saturday, February 9, at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Class fee $8

NOTICE OF DATE CHANGE!

Due to our inclement weather, this week’s class “Bonsai; Extraordinary Rituals” has been changed to Sunday, February 17, at 1:00 p.m.

Please call the Garden Store if you are unable to attend: 360-466-3821
Class fee $8, please check in at the Garden Store beforehand.

We appreciate your flexibility!

 

 

Bonsai is an ancient Japanese art form using cultivation techniques to produce miniature trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full-size trees.

Using a repetition of techniques over weeks and years, Bonsai Master, Monte Gorman, teaches methods to help maintain and gain tree vigor and health. Attendees will receive a list of Bonsai resources for continued learning.  Bring in your Bonsai for advice on repotting or pruning after class.

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Growing Giant Vegetables

Saturday, February 16, at 11:00 a.m. – noon
Class fee $8

For reservations, visit the Nursery or call 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200
Please check in at the Garden Store before class

While growers may seek to grow the largest tomatoes, squash, tall sunflowers, or nearly any other vegetable, the quest to grow the largest vegetable has become a passion for many, especially growing the most gigantic pumpkin.

Lee Roof, President of the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers club, will discuss how to grow giant vegetables for beginners with advanced tips for the hobbyist.  Attendees receive pumpkin seeds after class.

Begin planting next month and consider entering your giant squash or vegetable in this year’s Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival which occurs at the Nursery on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

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A Fascination for Hellebores

Christianson’s 13th Annual Winter Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Keynote speaker, Riz Reyes, Saturday at 11 a.m.
Complimentary Admission

For many, Hellebores are an obsession. Once you buy your first one, it becomes a slippery slope to add more to your garden as you discover a new variety.  Why are they so coveted?  Hellebores bloom through the winter where nights remain cool (longer where spring arrives slowly), and their rich green foliage provides summer and winter structure.  It must be the sum of the parts: dependable re-bloom and flowers that cut well for bouquets (split the stems up a couple of inches), fantastic foliage, precocious bloom, and beautiful flowers.

A complimentary class begins Saturday at 11 a.m. with keynote speaker and noted horticulturist, Riz Reyes, who will discuss the different varieties of Hellebores and how to use them in the garden, cut arrangements and containers.  Stay after class for a live floral arrangement demonstration by Riz with emphasis on current trends.

Our Hellebore offerings will pack our Propagation house to the brim with a beautiful display throughout the weekend with exciting new varieties, such as ‘Rosemary’ with its upright, striking pink blooms, along with tried and true favorites like ‘Madam Lemonnier’ whose early-blooming huge flowers brighten up the garden. Enjoy a lovely weekend discovering varieties to keep your garden blooming throughout winter!

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Pruning for Aesthetics

Saturday, March 9, at 11:00 a.m. – noon
Class fee $8

For reservations, visit the Nursery or call 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200
Please check in at the Garden Store before class

Please check in at the Garden Store before class.Pruning for aesthetic reasons is as much of an art as it is a science. Your trees and shrubs will be in much better hands if your pruning efforts are grounded in the knowledge of basic biological and physiological responses.Attend class to learn from Ornamental Horticulturist, Hans Wressnigg, about how to approach your pruning with a clear vision for your garden and learn techniques that result in discriminating canopy thinning and growth management.

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Growing Great Roses


Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Class fee $8

For reservations, visit the Nursery or call 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200
Please check in at the Garden Store before class

The rose is America’s most popular flower and is also one of the very oldest in cultivation. There are thousands of different rose varieties to lure us with their history and fragrance.

Take notes from Christianson’s rose buyer, Nancy Stewart, on varieties we have in stock that are fragrant, disease-resistant, easy care, and are also well-suited for the Pacific Northwest.

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Designing a Four-Season Hummingbird Garden

Saturday, March 16, at 11:00 a.m. – noon 
Class fee $8

For reservations, visit the Nursery or call 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200
Please check in at the Garden Store before class

Just in time for spring and the return of Rufous Hummingbirds to the Pacific Northwest, the Skagit Audubon Society will present a program about hummingbirds and how to attract them to your garden.

Instructors Sheila Pera and Jane Brandt will cover garden design and plants that are a magnet for these beautiful birds throughout the year.

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Starting, Planting and Staking Dahlias Made Easy


Saturday, March 23, at 11:00 a.m. – noon
Class fee $8

For reservations, visit the Nursery or call 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200
Please check in at the Garden Store before class

Learn how to grow floriferous dahlias from tubers, cuttings and seedlings using inexpensive grow lights and propagation mats.

John and Kathy Willson, former owners of popular Swede Hill Dahlia Sunflower Farm, will teach you fool-proof methods for getting your plants off to a great growing season of amazing blooms.

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Perfect Peonies

Saturday, March 30, at 11:00 a.m. – noon
Class fee $8

For reservations, visit the Nursery or call 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200
Please check in at the Garden Store before class

Peonies are long-living perennials that offer big, fluffy, fragrant flowers and whose beauty and perfection can take your breath away.  When not in bloom, their foliage often serves as an interesting backdrop for other stars in the garden.

Renel Anderson, from Pure Peonies in Everson Washington, leads the class to discuss the many varieties of peonies that grow well in the Skagit Valley and the many ways to use them for wedding arrangements and fresh cut floral bouquets.

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