Open Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Winter hours begin on Sunday, November 5, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Do you hear what I hear?
Noël Regney 
 
 
Christianson's Holiday Open House 
and   
Art's Alive Celebration!   
 
 Friday, November 3
5 - 8 pm
 
Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5
10 am to 4 pm
 
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.
 
Friday will also be an evening of art exploration as we host a diversified array of visual and culinary artists as part of La Conner's Art's Alive! celebration
 
Hosting our evening event, the La Conner Library Foundation will be selling wine for $5 by the glass (cash or check) to help raise funding for their new building. We will also be serving light refreshments throughout the evening by The Crepe Guy: savory and sweet french crepes made from locally resourced ingredients. 
 
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.
 
 Our visual and culinary artists will be selling their creations and every artist location will be intimate enough that you can have artful discussions about their backstory and their 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
Connie Funk Mosaics
Crepes Guy 
Fat Dragonfly (Fine Art)  
Isola Handmade Originals
Jeanne Reis (Fine Art) 
Julie Schei (Jewelry)
Klt:works (Handmades)  
  Laura Campbell, Wreath Weaver   
Sky Valley Prairie Band,  
Cajun and Creole Louisiana (Saturday, noon - 3:00 pm)  
Suzi's Glass Studio 
Tracy Shchaffer (Fine Art)  
Verso Jewelry (photo above)  
 

 
 
Holiday Open House!
 
Friday, November 3,  from 5 - 8 pm
and
Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5
from 10 am to 4 pm
 
Please join us as we ring in the holiday season at our annual Holiday Open House!  The festivities begin on Friday night, November 3, from 5 - 8 pm and continue on through the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5.
 
Please note...
Primrose will be closed from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, November 3rd so that we can make our final preparations for the evening event, starting at 5 pm. 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!
 
 
Featured this month...
 
Primrose is offering a wonderful selection of new and vintage holiday decorations, including ornaments, garlands, boxwood wreaths, Belsnickels, lighted houses, and sheep and owls in a variety of shapes, sizes and poses. For those of you who enjoy using natural items for holiday and winter decorating, we have mohair snow, real nests, bags filled with found woodland bits and pieces, and beautiful cut rounds of  paper white birch.
 
 
We also have a wonderful array of  items that are perfect for gifts or for bringing cheer to holiday gatherings with your loved ones. For example...
  • Beautiful puzzles and games, including vintage-styled editions of classics such as Yahtzee and The Game of Life
  • Cookie-making essentials such as vintage holiday cookie cutters, cookie mixes and cookbooks
  • Assorted hot chocolates and gift sets from Stonewall Kitchen
  • Teapots and delicious holiday teas from Harney & Sons
  • Chocolate truffles, candy canes, shortbread cookies, and caramels
  • Glassware, mugs, and holiday napkins
  • Lovely gifts and stocking stuffers,  including cozy women's flannel pajamas,  hats, gloves and fingerless mittens, knit infinity scarves, socks, jewelry, books, candles, soaps and lotions, journals and notebooks...and so much more!  
With our theme of peace and wisdom, we hope to create an experience that leaves our guests feeling uplifted and inspired. We hope you will join us as we welcome this season of thanksgiving and good cheer!
 
 
  22nd Annual Holiday Tea and Benefit   
 
Saturday, November 25 
 
We extend our appreciation to customers with a complimentary Holiday Tea to celebrate the Holiday Season.
       
Four Holiday Tea Sessions
Starting at noon and ending at 5:00 p.m.     
 
 
"Come, let us have some tea and continue  
to talk about happy things."  
Chaim Potok
 
This year, your donation benefits La Conner Regional Library.   There are few places in the La Conner community that touch the lives of so many people.  It's a place of hope, learning, knowledge  
and progress.   
 
Make a donation on site or here to support the La Conner Library Foundation because learning can't wait.   
 
Our reservations are completely filled for this special community benefit.   Should you want to be placed on the waiting list, call: (360) 466-3821.  
                   
  
Take holiday pictures with  
Father and Mother Christmas!
    
Father Christmas Arrives!
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mother Christmas Arrives!
Noon - 3:00 p.m.


Father and Mother Christmas are excited to greet children of all ages and listen to their Christmas wishes while sitting with them in an antique red clipper sleigh nestled in a wooded setting in our warm greenhouse.

Come in your holiday finest or Saturday casual and bring your cameras to take your own keepsake photos.

 
Holiday Wreath-Making Classes  
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
reservations required: (360) 466-3821  

 
 
Paper whites are the original "Just Add Water" plant
 
Paper whites are a popular indoor plant for winter and the holiday season. It's festive to see a vase or basket of paper whites when little other is blooming.


P aper whites (Narcissus papyraceus, a sub-species of Narcissus tazetta) are a member of the same family as daffodils, and resemble the yellow spring flowers except the entire blossom is  white and has a spicy fragrance. Paper white bulbs are often forced into bloom indoors during the winter months.  They are not cold hardy like daffodils.    
 
Unlike other narcissus, paper whites don't require a chilling period, so forcing them is almost as easy as putting the bulbs one -half to two-thirds of the way down in your planting medium (polished rocks or pebbles) and waiting.  Don't forget to water.  The fragrant flowers bloom within about 4-8 weeks of planting. 
 
 
Gardening Classes in November

Even as gardeners are winding down the outside work, the Schoolhouse continues to host courses by experts, offering continued learning about many garden subjects. 

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

Saturday, November 11
11 a.m. - noon
class Fee: $8
 
Saturday, November 11
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
complimentary
 
Impressionistic Flower and Garden Photography 
Saturday, November 18
11 a.m. - noon
   
class Fee: $8 
 
 
"Ask John!" 
 
John loves hearing from his customers and do they love to ask him questions! Each conversation features an actual question submitted by someone like you.     
 

 
Q: Do you have garlic bulbs in yet?  If so, what varieties do you have and which are the best for cooking?    
-Betty Lou, Mount Vernon, WA 
 
A: Hello Ellen, not only is fall a good time to get your soil ready to plant garlic, spring is, too.   
 
We carry true garlic (species: Allium sativum) which has two subspecies, both hardneck (Allium sativum ophioscorodon) and softneck (Allium sativum var. sativum).    
 
The hardneck varieties are characterized by woody central stocks, a long flower stalk (scape) and fewer, larger cloves. Hardneck garlic (rocambole, porcelain and purple stripe) tends to grow best in areas with very cold winters so they can be dormant then flower in the spring.  Use for roasts with gamier meats, like duck or venison as well as vinaigrette.  Try these: rocambole garlic 'German Red' and 'Spanish Roja'. 
 
Softneck varieties produce more cloves and tend to have a grassy, plant-like taste without the bite hardnecks have.  If you want to eat or use garlic raw or lightly cooked, you'll probably head for a softneck variety. Try these: artichoke garlic 'Early Italian Purple' and silverskin garlic 'Italian Late'.  
 
-John 
 
Have a garden-related question?  Email us: PR.christiansons@gmail.com
Listen to "The Garden Show", Sunday Mornings with John and Mike               
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November Specials

 
November 1 - 30 
Roses  
end-of-season sale
many varieties still available
50% off  
 
November 1-16  
Ground Covers  
kinnickinnick, ivy, juniper, salal,
Cotoneaster, Vinca, Pachysandra
and Euonymous
25% off   
 
November 17-30  
Camellias
winter and spring flowering
Camellias in bud or bloom  
1-gallon to 5-gallon sizes
20% off 
 
Christianson's Nursery
15806 Best Road Mount Vernon, WA  98273
 (360) 466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200
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