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

July 4th
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Fourth of July is almost here! 
As the star-spangled banner proudly waves and there's joy and celebration all around, reach out to your friends, family and loved ones to celebrate America.

 July Gardening Class

Saturday, July 7
Growing Ornamental Grasses
11 a.m. to noon
Class Fee: $8
(reservations required) 
Ornamental grasses come in a wide range of heights, colors and textures, making them perfect for any space in the garden or border. Ornamental grass buyer, Eric Andrews, will discuss the practical reasons for using grasses in your landscape along with tips on choosing the right variety for Summer planting. Eric will take students on a walking tour to see a variety of grasses and find the perfect plants for their gardens.

Register for classes at our Garden Store or call us at: 
(360) 466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200 

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." 
- Sam Keen 

Featured this month...
Summer Refreshments!

Of all the great summer-themed cookbooks we've brought into Primrose this year, the books we can't put down are the recipe books for summer beverages. Like bees to honey, these are the books that are causing our staff to gather in the shop aisles and exclaim, "oh yum!" as they flip through the pages.

Each book is filled with mouth-watering pictures and recipes. There are books that teach you how to make incredibly tasty drinks without refined sugar and alcohol, like a 'Strawberry and Lemon Verbena' mocktail (yum!), or how to make infusions, simple syrups and brew tea using dried herbs, flowers and fruits.

From traditional summer favorites, like homemade Strawberry Lemonade and Mint Juleps, to lesser-known beverages like 'Matcha Sours', shrub cocktails and cultured drinks, there's something for everyone.

This month we will be raising our glasses - literally - to the simple pleasure of a refreshing summer beverage. Each week in July, Primrose will be featuring a 'Beverage of the Week' and will be serving up freshly-made samples for you to enjoy. Non-alcoholic and complimentary.

So swing on by and see what all the buzz is about!   Cheers!

~ July Specials ~

Through July 5
hanging baskets, geraniums, impatiens, petunias,
fuchsias, lobelia and more!
All annuals in packs, 2" and 4" pots
40% off

Through July 8
"Lemon Sale"
ugly plants with beautiful features
Nursery seconds at greatly reduced
50-70% off 


Tomato Sale
You're not too late!
4-6 inch pots
40% off

July 9 - 19
Our huge selection of
Summer-blooming favorites included
hortensia, lacecaps, oakleaf and
Peegee tree forms
20% off   

July 20 - 31 
Summer Herbs 
basil, lavender, oregano, parsley,
sage, rosemary and thyme...
plus much more
20% off  

Christianson's Nursery  
5th Annual  Midsummer
Antique Fair  and Vintage Market
Friday & Saturday
August 10 & 11, 2018

We hope you can join us for two days of festive treasure hunting and shopping with Antique Dealers from across Western Washington. We will again have four shopping areas :  the Meadow Schoolhouse, Rose Garden, the North Meadow Field, and Primrose Antiques & Gifts.

Food and Music
Vendor location maps ~ Plenty of parking

Early shopping
Friday, August 10
5 - 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10
to benefit Skagit Symphony 
(must be 21 to attend)
Invite your friends and begin shopping as soon as the doors open.   Partnering with Hellam's Vineyard , Symphony volunteers will be ready to pour tastes of wine which will be paired with  ha ndmade chocolate truffles from Bellingham's Evolve Chocolate

Pre-purchase Early Shopping tickets online at or in the Garden Store, and gain quick access to the Fair. Tickets will also be available at entry gates on Friday night. 

Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.   
free admission

Antique and vintage treasures, including all manner of home, garden and other rare finds, will be in all four venues throughout the Nursery. To refuel while you shop, we also welcome two food vendors: one preparing Mexican food and the other offering pizza.
 McMillan Bros Appraisals
Bring your treasures to  Steve McMillan , a seasoned appraiser and local antique dealer, who will be on site to estimate the value of your antiques.  The cost to estimate one item is $8 and to estimate three items is $20. Examples of what to bring are pottery, Fiestaware, fine art, tools, coins, books, toys, clocks, quilts, stamps, silver, sport cards, and comics. For larger items and furniture, bring an image and schedule an in-home appraisal.

We hope you can join us for these
festive two days of treasure hunting !
Calling all antique vendors!
We are looking for vendors to sell with us at the
Midsummer Antique Fair & Market
Have an overabundance of antiques or collectables?  Sell with us! Affordable space and good locations are still available.   Simply click here to download a vendor registration form and email it to  
For more information, visit 
Summer Seersucker 

Saturday, July 21
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Summer Seersucker Social begins with a leisurely, flat eight-mile bicycle ride from Gilkey Square in La Conner to Christianson's Nursery's North Meadow Field.   Enjoy the scenic country roads of Skagit Valley and imagine you live in a  Fitzgerald novel. Dressing in theme is optional (think "Great Gatsby" of the roaring 20's). 
When you arrive at Christianson's Nursery, unpack your picnic basket, blanket and thermos, and enjoy your lunch while taking in the views of beautiful Mount Baker, its foothills, and the Valley's farmland.  
After lunch you'll be given a list of riddles to  spark your inner Sherlock Holmes. Make sure to look high and low for clues as the scavenger hunt is all about having a great time, celebrating the joys of summer, being with friends and making new friends, and appreciating a bygone era.
From Christianson's, you return to La Conner for a not-to-be-missed party at Hellam's Vineyard, located on the Lime Dock.

For more information,
visit the events page at:  Summer Seersucker Social

 The Garden in July

                                                Toni Christianson's Garden
From flowers to fruits, there is always something to do in the garden whether it's pruning, tidying or sowing, so we've put together our top gardening tasks for July.
In the ornamental garden:
  • Since it's been a while since we had a good, hard, drenching rain, you'll probably be noticing signs of drought in the garden. To help your garden make it through this unusually dry summer, water early in the morning to help to minimize moisture loss due to evaporation or at dusk when water droplets on foliage are less likely to cause damage by heating up the leaves.
  • Add a compost mulch of 3-5 inches deep to help keep the soil moist and cool while also reducing weeds.
  • Lastly, when making plant choices, look for those plants that are drought tolerant. Even though a plant label advertises drought tolerance, the plant will still need to be watered on a regular basis for the first season or so until it becomes established. Barberry is a good example of a tough plant that is needy for the first season it's in the ground. If you're not paying attention the leaves will shrivel up and turn brown and it will sit there and pout until more favorable conditions come along.
  • Save any major landscape planting until the fall, when rain is a reliable source of water and new plants don't need constant vigilance.
  • This is the time of year when leaf cutter bees are most active. You know they've visited your garden because you'll see perfect circles roughly the size of a dime (or smaller) cut out of the edges of some leaves. They overlap the leaf circles to make a smallish pellet, or cell, which is packed with pollen and nectar to feed the larva that will hatch from the egg they laid inside the pellet. Usually the pellets are buried in soft rotted wood or the thick pithy stems of some plants (sometimes roses). Leaf cutter bees are small, native, mostly solitary, non-stinging bees that are excellent garden pollinators. The damage they do to plants is minimal, so if you notice them, try to resist the urge to spray and instead celebrate their presence and the good work they do in your garden.
  • Dead-head bedding plants and perennial plants to stop them self-seeding and to encourage further flowering.
In the edible garden:
  • Begin sowing your fall/winter veggie garden. Some of my favorite seed sources for fall and winter gardening are Territorial Seeds and Uprising Organics, both of which we carry in the Garden Store. 
  • Keep new seed beds moist. Your spinach won't germinate if the soil is dry.
  • Remove any veggies that have bolted or flowered. If you're tight on space this is a good way to create some extra room in the bed. If space allows, leave the kale and other brassicas to bloom. The yellow flowers are a great nectar source for garden pollinators.
  • Prune your plum, apricot, peach and cherry trees now. Pruning these species in the summer reduces the risk of these trees getting diseased.
  • If you've trained your apples and pears as cordons, fans or espaliers, give them their summer prune now to maintain their good shape.
Christianson's Nursery and the 
Tri-Valley Rose Society 
Community Rose Display 
Winner's Circle 
                                                                                                                                               photo by Angie Whitman  

Our 15th Annual Rose Festival was held on Saturday, June 16th, and it was a fabulous day, thanks to the efforts and talents of many people!

Congratulations to the award-winning gardeners who were chosen by a community vote in the Tri-Valley Rose Society display for the best in the following categories:
Best In Show:
'Fragrant Plum' by Chris Eubanks
Best Fragrance:
'Larks Ascending' by Donna Smith
Best Miniature Rose:
'You're the One', by Larry Sawyer
Best Climber & Rambler Rose:
'Cloud 10', by Ellen Smith
Best Old Garden Rose:
'Linda Campbell', by Larry Sawyer
Best Hybrid Tea & Grandiflora Rose:
'Fragrant Plum', by Chris Eubanks
Best Floribunda Rose:
'Drop Dead Red', by Stephanie Banaszak
Best Shrub Rose:
'Rhapsody in Blue', by Larry Sawyer
Best David Austin Rose:
'Lady Emma Hamilton', by Larry Sawyer
Best Other or Unknown Rose
by Denise Hollister
Thank you to the Tri-Valley Rose Society for your great skill at organizing the community rose display in the Schoolhouse and to all of the participants, attendees, and speakers who came together to make this annual event so successful!
Pictured above:
The Rose Tri-Valley Society community rose display winners hold their prized stems for a group photo (left to right): John Christianson, Ellen Smith, Donna Smith, Cisco Morris, Chris Eubanks, Denise Hollister, and Stephanie Banaszak  
"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: Hi John,
I purchased a coral bark Japanese maple from you about 6 weeks ago. I planted it as recommended. The leaves are turning brown which started about 2-3 weeks ago. What do you think is causing this? 
- Deb, Facebook Fan  
A: Hi Deb,

Great question and an easy solution. This process that you are experiencing is a botanical term called transpiration: Transpiration is essentially evaporation of water from plant leaves. That means there is not enough water in the soil or root system to sustain the leaves. We recommend buying a soaker hose to lay around the base or a tree watering bag. It needs a deep watering twice a week. Don't stand over the tree and water it since it mostly stays on the surface. Prune back any dead tips.

You should see a happier tree over the next few weeks by following these tips.

- John Christianson  
Have a garden-related question? 
Email us:
Listen to "The Garden Show" with John and Mike
Sunday Mornings at 10:30 a.m.
AM 660 and FM 102.1   

Photo by John Holtman Photography

"When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world."

- John Muir

Christianson's Nursery
15806 Best Road Mount Vernon, WA  98273
 (360) 466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200
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