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

Winter Hours Begin November 4th
9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Christianson's Holiday Open House
Friday Evening, November 2,
5 - 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 3,
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

In keeping with our yearly tradition, this Friday night event marks the start of our Holiday Open House and features light refreshments, including hot apple cider in the Garden Store, and appetizers served in our Conservatory. A highlight of the evening is the eagerly-awaited 'opening of the doors' of Primrose at 5 p.m. for the holiday unveiling.

Friday will also be an evening of art exploration!  Make time to visit the wonderful array of local artists throughout the Conservatory and Greenhouse:
Kali Berg,
Isola Handmade Originals

Jeanne Reis,
Small Handmade Paintings

Laura Campbell,
Wreath Weaver & Christianson's Basket Designer

Jack & A.J. Ferrel,
Hand-Made, Fine Art Ceramic Tiles

Brenna Jael,
Slow Art Studio & Bindery

Jessica Salazar, Vida & Luz,
Driftwood & Hammered Brass Mobiles

Becca Hyman,
3 Generations Jam, Farm-Fresh Generational Jam

Reggie Kastler,
Basket Works Northwest by Reggie, Hand-woven baskets

Allison Scollard,
Bee Happy Candle Co., Hand-poured, Beeswax Candles

The Holiday Open House continues Saturday. As always, Primrose will be adorned from floor to ceiling with inspiring seasonal displays and creative ideas for gift giving and entertaining. Our Garden Store and Conservatory will also be dressed up for the holidays and will feature a wonderful selection of seasonal plants,  holiday gifts, and whimsical ornaments and home decorations.
One of our favorite activities to offer at the Nursery is freshly-pressed cider made with an antique press using our own organic apples!   The fun begins at noon.  Pair with Toni Christianson's homemade molasses cookies for a perfect mid-day treat.   If you need to warm up during your visit, we are pouring hot spiced cider at the Garden Store all day.  
The Conservatory and Greenhouses will also be filed with a thoughtfully curated group of artists who will be showcasing their seasonal best, providing you with a wonderful opportunity to expand your collection of art and winter-themed gifts.

Join us for this festive event filled with holiday inspiration, local artists, and abundant good cheer!

"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully,
everyone is blessed."
- Maya Angelou
Holiday Open House
Friday, November 2
5 - 8 pm

Saturday, November 3
9 am - 6 pm
Full details can be found at the top of  this newsletter and on our website
Featured this month... 
Our staff has been working round the clock to create a truly memorable, joyful experience for our guests this holiday season. This year our design theme was 'Winter Garden' and, like all gardens, it may never quite feel finished but it's looking pretty magical. Instead of trying to describe every detail, we'll simply say this - we have used over 20 pounds of flocking powder and possibly miles of fresh evergreen garlands and twinkle lights. If you've ever wondered what it might be like to walk into a snow globe, here's your chance!
In addition to a lovely selection of holiday ornaments and seasonal decorations, we're excited to unveil a fabulous new array of gift collections for this holiday season. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here's a little pictorial overview of some of our favorite items.

Fine teas, hot chocolate and coffee from Murchies, an  iconic little company from British Columbia that has been in business since 1894. So far every sip we've tried has been delicious!
Darn Tough Socks
Merino wool socks with a
life-time guarantee. Great styles and extremely comfortable!

Christianson's Exclusive
'Dig Plant Love'
T-shirts, aprons and canvas tote bags 

Utopia Farm Candles
Hand-poured 100% soy candles from Whidbey Island. These lovely candles come in  a wonderful assortment of seasonal fragrances, such as Cranberry Marmalade, and Iced Cypress. 

Moonstruck Chocolate
Gourmet handcrafted truffle gift sets and chocolate bars from Moonstruck, a quality artisan chocolate company from Portland, Oregon.


Floret Flower Farm
Cut Flower Garden  book, two-sided puzzle, note cards, notebook collection, and garden journals.

PJ Salvage
100% cotton pajama sets in a great assortment of fun styles.

November Class Offerings 

  Spiral Topiary Workshop   
Saturday, November 10 
10:30 a.m. - noon 
reservations required
class fee: $25
Gnocchi; A Delicious Winter Meal 
Saturday, November 17 
11 a.m. - noon
reservations required
class fee: $15    

Do It Yourself Holiday  
Saturday, November 24 
Hourly classes begin at 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. 
reservations required
class fee: $8

Visit the Garden Store to register or call
360-466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200 

Visits with Father Christmas
Do It Yourself Wreath-Making 
Saturday, November 24, 
Visits with Father Christmas
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.   
Father Christmas will be here greeting children of all ages while listening to their Christmas wishes as they sit together in an antique red clipper sleigh nestled in our warm greenhouse. Bring your cameras to take your own keepsake photos or pose for a complimentary, vintage-inspired photo strip by Sara Welch Photo Co. 
Do It Yourself Holiday Wreath-Making
Hourly classes begin at  
11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Maximum of 7 students for each hour-long class  
reservations required  
class fee: $8

Bring your family and friends to this seasonal, hands-on class where you will create a fresh evergreen wreath using the Nursery's wreath-making machines. You will receive instruction and assistance from our expert wreath designers Karen Harper and Laura Campbell.

We provide a stunning array of seasonal greens and berries (sold by the pound) or bring your own. The cost of one wreath form is included in the class fee. Wear warm clothing and bring pruners, gardening gloves and a Thermos of hot chocolate.

Can't make it to class? You can reserve our wreath-making machines beginning November 27 to December 24 and we will be happy to assist you as questions arise. Schedule a date and time by contacting the Garden Store 360-466-3821
"Ask John!"
John loves hearing from his customers and do they love to ask him questions! Each conversation features a question submitted by someone like you.     

Q:  Hi John,  
I have 20 arborvitae across my back yard. It seems every year around October my trees get yellow/brown spots appear when the rest of the trees are in full vibrate green. I fertilize with granules for arborvitaes. Can you tell me what is causing this and how I can fix them?
-Guy, Burr Ridge, IL   
A:   Hello Guy,
Fall yellowing on Thujas, including Western Red Cedar, and your Arborvitae, is commonly called "flagging", a natural shedding of the oldest foliage. 

It is quite unsightly for several weeks, then, when the brown leaves have fallen, the tree will look normal again.  Drought-stress during the summer can make it look worse.  

- 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   

~ November Specials ~ 

November 1 - 30
end-of-season sale 
many varieties still available
50% Off
November 1- 18 
Ground Covers  
kinnickinnick, ivy, juniper, salal,
cotoneaster, vinca, pachysandra, 
pand euonymous 
25% Off
November 19 - 30
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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