Open Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thank you for voting us Best Nursery & Greenhouse in Skagit Valley!
Winners of the
2017 Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival
A well-deserved pose of the top-tiered winners with John Christianson (and the winning pumpkin) at the 2017 Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival.

The largest pu mpkin, weighing in at 1,702 pounds (grown by Jim Sherwood, third from the right) and setting a new Nursery record, will soon be on display at Coastal Farm and Ranch.  The second largest pumpkin, weighing in at 1,526 pounds (grown by Cindy Tobeck, farthest right) is on display at Skagit Valley Co-op.  Both will be displayed through October.   
If you didn't get a chance to visit the Festival, patron the following Sponsor locations to view the winning giants:  

A giant thanks to Lee Roof and the members of the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers for making the weigh-off accurate, safe and entertaining!
Christianson's Holiday Open House  
Art's Alive Celebration! 
Holiday Open House with local artists
Primrose Reveal   
Wine and French Crepes
Friday Evening, November 3 
5:00 p.m. - 8 :00 p.m.
This November weekend has become a popular highlight of Skagit Valley's holiday season. To celebrate, the Nursery will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday night, November 3rd.   
 As always, Primrose, our gift and antique shop, will be adorned from floor to ceiling; sparkling with holiday cheer. For all of us - our guests and our staff alike - opening the doors of Primrose for her holiday unveiling is truly a joyous experience and we hope you can join us for this memorable evening!  
Friday will also be an evening of art exploration as we host a diversified array of visual and culinary artists to compliment La Conner's Art's Alive! celebration. We are delighted to announce that this year our Friday evening event will be catered by The Crepes Guy who will be serving French crepes sourced with local ingredients from Skagit Valley.  
Shopping & Savoring 
Saturday and Sunday, November 4 - 5
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Holiday Open House and Art's Alive! celebration continues throughout the weekend.  Our Conservatory will be filled with garden antiques, gifts for gardeners, pottery, and holiday trees decorated with rustic and whimsical ornaments. As always, Primrose will be a wonderland of ideas for holiday decorating, gift giving and entertaining. With a theme of peace and wisdom, we hope to create an experience that leaves our guests feeling inspired and uplifted.  
 Many of our visual and culinary artists will be doing live demonstrations and selling their creations. The Nursery's greenhouses and beautiful grounds provide a unique venue for our featured artists. Every artist location will be intimate enough that you can have artful discussions with each artist about their backstory and artistic process. With arts and crafts ranging from painting to jewelry, sculpture to prints, and textiles to chocolates and crepes, this special event provides more artists an opportunity to exhibit their work.  
Gather your friends and family and please join us for this festive weekend filled with twinkle lights, holiday inspiration, local artists, and abundant good cheer!  

Featured Artists:
Beach Castle Sweets
Bob Bowling Rustics
Connie Funk Mosaics
Crepes Guy 
Fat Dragonfly (Fine Art)  
Isola Handmade Originals
Jeanne Reis (Fine Art) 
Julie Schei (Jewelry)
Klt:works (t-shirt, courtesy photo)  
  Laura Campbell, Wreath Weaver   
Suzi's Glass Studio 
Tracy Shchaffer (Fine Art)  
Verso Jewelry
Read more about our events here! 


"Sometimes good things fall apart so better  
things can fall together."
- Marilyn Monroe
Featured this month in Primrose...
Changing of the Seasons!
October is here and change is in the air in Primrose! This is the month when you may find our Primrose staff on ladders stringing holiday lights and decorating trees or stocking our shelves with new items for fall and winter.  Later in the month we'll be busy as bees preparing Primrose, the Garden Store and the Conservatory for our Annual Holiday Open House celebration, coming up on Friday night, November 3, and all weekend November 4 and 5th.   For more more details about this event, please visit our website.
It's a time of change but also the start of a wonderful new season. And remember, even on the most blustery of days, it's always cozy and cheerful in Primrose!
22nd Annual Holiday Tea  
November 25 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm   
We extend our appreciation to customers with this complimentary Holiday Tea to celebrate the Holiday Season. 
Holiday Tea
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
reservations required: (360) 466-3821 
Visit with Father and Mother Christmas! 
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Wreath-Making Classes  
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
reservations required: (360) 466-3821 
Gorgeous Plant Combinations for  
Fall Gardens
Fall is the best time to choose plants for their brilliant autumn foliage-as well as to plant trees, shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses. Sun-loving Japanese Maples steal the show in fall as their changing of colors range from apple green to dark crimson. There are many varieties to choose from and now is an excellent time to view them to see which you like best. As in some landscaping, their beauty stands alone, but we feel there are several noteworthy companions to add a range of depth to your garden.

A distinctive and rare dwarf evergreen conifer, Pinus contorta var. latifolia 'Chief Joseph', is prized for its stunning winter color. 'Chief Joseph' is an accent in Fall's landscape, as its showy deep green spring and summer needles mature to yellow-green in late summer, and by early winter the foliage turns brilliant gold.

Include layers of foliage in your fall landscape with flowers and berries to create a stunning under drop, starting with Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerester' feather reed grass. Versatile and reliable, they grow in a narrow, upright form and turn a golden tan color that lasts through the fall. At only 18 inches wide and up to 5 feet tall, a grouping creates a dramatic vertical element in gardens.   One of our favorite low-growing evergreen shrubs is Leucothoe, with its spreading, arching branches drooping from the weight of the pendulous fragrant clusters of creamy white flowers. The leaves are leathery and dark green, varying in length from three to six inches long. They often take on a bronze to purplish color in fall and winter.  Hypericum (featured below), also known a St. John's Wort, is a perennial shrub. It produces cheerful yellow flowers (often used in floral arrangements), and then an abundance of berries in fall, which turn from cherry red to black. Deer and bunny resistant, too!

By Heidi Klepper, Assistant Nursery Buyer
Fall Classes at the Nursery

The month of October ushers in fall color and the responsibility of putting your garden to rest for the winter.

Sign up to reserve your spot in the Garden Store, or call: (360) 466-3821

Saturday, October 21
11 a.m. - noon

Saturday, October 21
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 28
11 a.m. - noon
"Ask John!" 
Introducing a new way to listen to  
John Christianson on The Garden Show-
Stream tracks and playlists on SoundCloud!    

Q: I called the Nursery on Sunday to be reminded of the when and where's of John's garden show and was told we can now stream them online (and offline if we set up an account) on SoundCloud?  Is that true?  If so, how do I stream them?    
-Ellen, Snohomish 
A: Hi Ellen, Yes, we are live on SoundCloud, which is a free-listening platform.  I had to ask our PR person about this and she suggested to go to in your web browser.
Once you're on your home page for SoundCloud, use the search field and type in Christianson's Nursery.  Once the list of tracks populate, simply pick a date you are interested in and click the orange circle to play it.  Make sure your sound is up high enough to hear the radio show!   
Have a garden-related question?  Email us:
Listen to "The Garden Show", Sunday Mornings with John and Mike               
AM 660 KAPS * FM 102.1 KAPS* 10:30 am.
New!!  Stream John's radio show on your own schedule through  SoundCloud!

 October Specials

Through October 19
Conifer Sale  
tall and dwarf evergreens, including 
spruce, fir, cypress and junipers
25% off  
October 20-31 
Hedging Sale 
laurel, boxwood, photinia,
Japanese holly, Layland cypress,
privet and arborvitae
25% off  
Christianson's Nursery
15806 Best Road Mount Vernon, WA  98273
 (360) 466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200
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