Complimentary Online Gardening Classes

 

We are temporarily shifting this winter and spring’s gardening classes to live webinar presentations with great consideration. Technology provides a larger classroom (without cancellations or in-person limits) while continuing to allow attendees the opportunity to ask gardening questions at the end of each presentation. What’s more? Our complimentary webinars are great for gardeners with busy lives who require learning on their own schedule. As the future remains bright and our outlook hopeful, we look forward to once again hosting classes and workshops in-person by early summer.

 

Click on the links below to register today for a complimentary webinar.

Our maximum capacity for each webinar is limited100 attendees, and it is a first-come-first-serve style of registration. For those unable to attend, presentation links will be available below each webinar afterward.

For technical support, please contact us.

 

Terrariums

 

The word “terrarium” stems from the Latin terra, meaning “earth,” and its resemblance to an aquarium. Mid-winter, when outdoor gardening seems so far away, is a perfect time to create a terrarium.

Let’s build a terrarium together!  First, organize your terrarium items – container, plants, decorative objects, soil, and click play to follow this intimate, simple, step-by-step instructional video featuring Christianson’s staff member, Lily Hirdler.

 

 

 

Birds of Winter

Saturday, January 30,    11:00 a.m. – noon

complimentary Zoom webinar

Click here to watch “Birds of Winter” by Jed Holmes on-demand

 

Maps for bird watching in Skagit are coming soon!

For more information on winter birding in the Skagit Valley or to contact Jed Holmes visit BirdsofWinter.org

 

The farmlands and wetlands, estuaries and marine waters, prairies, and forests of the Skagit Valley provide the wintertime habitat needs for hundreds of bird species, including trumpeter swans, snow geese, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons, among countless others.

Experience the variety and abundance of birdlife that make the Skagit Valley a treasured birding destination in this webinar with Birds of Winter non-profit founder Jedidiah Holmes.

 

 

Seattle Rose Society Webinars

Re-scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

complimentary Zoom webinar

please enter the webinar (muted) 5-10 minutes early

Click here to register for both webinars

 
Download the Puget Sound Performers rose list 2020 recommended by Rosarian, Jeff Wyckoff

 

Workshop #1

Rose Pruning & Rose Selection, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In this webinar, learn specific cuts to remove dead or broken stems for increased air circulation in the rose bush and how to remove thin or weak growth. Rosarian Jeff Wyckoff represents the Seattle Rose Society and will review virtuous rose varieties that are easy to care for and those resistant to disease in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Stay logged in for Workshop #2

Rose Placement & Disease Control, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Rosarian Jeff Wyckoff sheds light on the amount of sun required for healthy rose plants and their need for intermittent fertilizing in spring and summer. Discover both organic and safe soap spray remedies to keep your roses free from pests.

 

 

Propagating Perennials

Saturday, February 20,    11:00 a.m. – noon

complimentary Zoom webinar

Click here to watch “Propagating Perennials” webinar with Becky Paulik
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Have you ever admired a plant and secretly taken home a snippet only to have it wither and die a week later? Several perennials can be propagated if you follow the proper methods.  In this highly attended class, Christianson’s staff member, Becky Paulik, guides you through stem, root, and leaf cuttings, divisions, and the intricacies of seeding perennials. Learn to use the correct tools and proven techniques for successful perennial propagation.

 

 

Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. – noon

complimentary Zoom webinar

please enter the webinar (muted) 5-10 minutes early

Click here to register for the webinar 

 

Download the Backyard Pruning Overview recommended by Skagit Valley Master Gardener, Claudia Wells

 

Fruit trees need pruning for two primary purposes: to provide structure and to allow light channels throughout the tree so that fruit can mature properly.  Skagit Valley Master Gardener Claudia Wells shares pruning techniques that will instill confidence in new home gardeners to do it themselves as well as dive into the science and art of pruning fruit trees.

 

 

Vermiculture

Saturday, March 6,    11:00 a.m. – noon

complimentary Zoom webinar

please enter the webinar (muted) 5-10 minutes early

Click here to register for the webinar

 

Worm bin composting produces odor-free compost for only a little investment and a whole lot of kid-fun! It is not only a convenient way to keep organic waste (veggie scraps, eggshells, etc.) out of the landfill and return it to the garden, but it gives worms “free eats” to break materials down into nutrient-rich soil to grow more veggies in the garden.

Farm manager Rachel Berryman will layout basic materials and methods needed to feed your wiggly earth-friendly worms at home.

Worm Farm Resources for Skagit County:

Master Gardeners WSU Extension

Skagit County

 

 

 

Roses for 2021

Saturday, March 13, 11:00 a.m. – noon

complimentary Zoom webinar

please enter the webinar (muted) 5-10 minutes early

Click here to register for the webinar 

 

The rose is America’s most popular flower and is one of the very oldest in cultivation. There are thousands of different rose varieties to lure us with their history and fragrance.  In this webinar, John Christianson and staff rosarian Nancy Stewart review methods for rose selection, rose placement, along with their care, and also share their favorite new roses for 2021.

Discover a rose that intrigues your imagination and take notes on varieties that are recognized for their fragrance, disease-resistance, ease of care, and those well suited for the Pacific Northwest.

 

Growing Giant Pumpkins

Saturday, March 27, 11:00 a.m. – noon

complimentary Zoom webinar

please enter the webinar (muted) 5-10 minutes early

Click here to register for the webinar 

 

If the excitement around growing a super-size tomato, squash, sunflower, watermelon, or vegetable is thrilling, imagine growing the largest ‘Atlantic’ pumpkin in the Pacific Northwest!

President of the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers Club, Lee Roof coaches beginners on growing giant fruits and vegetables and offers advanced tips for the hobbyist. Attendees receive pumpkin seeds after class. Begin planting next month and consider entering your giant pumpkin, squash, flower, or vegetable in this year’s Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Giant Pumpkin Resources:

BigPumpkins.com

GPC1.org

HowardDill.com

PandPSeed.com