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"Dear Wan-Chi, I checked my calendar a few days ago and realized that Classic Nursery will be doing our spring maintenance work very soon. It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since we completed the hardscape and landscaping of our new home here in Bellevue...I have become a consistent user of organic products and methods for all of my planting and fertilizing. I was gratified that you not only agreed with my convictions but were able to implement them in the work that was done on our property. Thank you very much for being an advocate and not an impediment. I would also like to recognize you for the artistic sensitivity and skillful eyes that you brought to our rather large project. Your insights were very helpful in visualizing what the yard would look like upon completion and in the years to come. I can hardly wait to see what it will look when three full growing seasons have past. I think it is going to be even more beautiful... I was completely ignorant of the unique climate of the northwestern United States. Your help in making the right plant choices for the new home were crucial to the long term success of our landscaping vision. Supplies at the local plant markets at the time I started the project were very limited. I appreciate the enthusiasm with which you searched for the best choices and the constant efforts you made to find sufficient suitable plants. Your judgement in selecting and recommending the right plants for the Seattle area was sound. The evidence of that fact is now growing in my front and back yard. I was worried that the heavy cold rain that persisted all winter would damage the roots of the new plants and the recent transplants. My yard was soaked and wet all winter and I feared that many plants would die. Therefore, I am happy to report that almost 100% of the plants appear to be alive and doing well. Almost all have swollen bud, new leaves or flowers already, though the first day of spring was only a few days ago. All of the perennial grasses are showing signs of growth. I look forward to working with you this spring at our regularly scheduled maintenance event so that we can continue to improve the health and beauty of our outdoor spaces. Best Regards,"

- Jim D.

The Millennium Railway

This is our labor of love at the 2000 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. A winner of three awards, this project is still used by the NWFGS staff to show new designers at the show how to build a complex project in a short time.

We pre-built the walls and track sections in one of our nursery greenhouses. Shrink-wrapped and ready for the three-day installation at the Convention Center, the tracks went up quickly so that we were able to spend more time finessing the rock areas with planting. Ably assisted by folks from the Puget Sound Garden Railway Society, this garden was co-sponsored by Monrovia. Have a look at our 2002 garden "Mirabilia" as well.

Unlike other firms at NWFGS, our garden show work isn't built to say "Hire us. Here's what we do." Instead, we want to stretch our imaginations and try something that we have never done before.

Services Provided:

  • Accent Rocks

    We do a lot of work in rock, from small boulders to river cobble, flagstone, and large boulders. Set by our experienced crews by hand or with a large trackhoe, rocks typically installed are local basalt and granite.

    With many other styles, shapes, colors and textures to choose from, we'll make it easy for you to sort through the types and sizes of rock available.

  • Garden Structures

    A myriad of garden structures can be created for you, from gazebos and storage structures to sport courts, arbors, and fences with gates. We can also show you portfolios and manufacturer catalogs of a range of other outdoor structures and accents when you visit our Redmond sample library.

  • Model Trains

    We've built quite a reputation over the last few years for our custom train sets.

    A small set was built for a cabinetmaker a few years ago, and it ended up winning a state landscape award.

    We created a fabulous small train layout garden that earned a gold award from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show a few years ago. That was something. Now we've done about a half a dozen of these. Aren't they cool?

    Painstakingly detailed and incredibly fun to research, this is the ultimate toy for the guy who has everything. (Mom, you might want to skip quickly over this section.)

  • Planting Beds

    Planting is what you think of when you think of landscaping, and nobody does it better than we do. We bring perennials that recur every year, beefy, robust evergreen plants that last all year, and fabulously colorful deciduous shrubs and trees as accents. We have acres of plants to choose from and a uniquely flexible way of working that allows you to "see the plants before you start."

    As one of the largest purveyors of Cedar Grove compost in the county, we also rototill or hand-turn your bedsand fertilize all of your new plantings. Best of all, we guarantee it all for one year and offer you a discount card when the dust has settled to shop at the Nursery.

  • Water Features & fountains

    A waterfall, stream or recirculating pond can be an attractive and calming amenity for any home. The pleasant sound of splashing water and the beauty of colorful fish can create a wonderful sense of serenity in even a small backyard.

    At Classic, we know that a successful waterfall or pond should look like a natural element in the landscape. You may also want to have a landscape architectural plan drawn up for the area to allow for such things as expanded patios, walkways or other design elements.

    The Classic pond utilizes a debris skimmer, much like a swimming pool, which is easy to access and clean. We can provide overflow assemblies, pump timers, self-filling valves, pond lighting, and a wide range of aquatic plants and different types of flagstone, rock, and paving materials.

  • Miscellaneous

    We can also coordinate the construction of all types of outdoor amenities, from pools to sport courts and spas.

    Working with us to design this type of construction offers some distinct advantages for you as a client. We design the feature to fit within a budget framework and solicit competitive bids on your behalf as part of your landscape architectural design package.

    Most importantly, these features fit within the overall site design, integrating with planting and other construction. We show you how to stage this effort to minimize site damage and perform the construction efficiently.

  • Carpentry