Open Daily
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Christianson's Holiday Open House and Art's Alive! Celebration
Friday Evening, November 2, 5 - 8 p.m.

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

Kick off your holiday season at our annual Holiday Open House and Art's Alive! celebration. As twilight settles over the Nursery on Friday evening, twinkle lights, luminaries and lanterns illuminate the walkways from our Garden Store to Primrose, and from our freshly wintered greenhouses to the tropical Conservatory.

Spring Blooming Bulbs  
Are Now Available!

Have you admired those giant purple allium flowers in the Schoolhouse Garden? This member of the onion family blooms in different sizes depending on the variety and their seed heads add interest to fall floral arrangements. Our Garden Store offers a great selection of bulbs to get you started!

Spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, snow drops, hyacinths, crocus, and narcissus are now available and may be planted in October when the soil temperatures have cooled. Other selections not to miss are amaryllis, fritillaria, and bearded iris. Visit our Garden Store early for the best selection.

Thank you for voting Christianson's Nursery as the best Nursery & Greenhouse in Skagit County for 2018!

"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him.  The people who give you their food give you their heart."

- Cesar Chavez
Featured in Primrose this month...

The Joy of Fall Cooking & Baking
We recently asked our staff what comes to mind when they think of October and nearly everyone responded with the same answer: FOOD!  This is the season when many of us tie on our aprons, fire up our slow cookers and roasting pans, and stock up on butter and brown sugar. It's a sweet and savory month filled with timeless classics like apple-pear crisp, zucchini bread, and creamy squash soup. Food brings us together as we gather for potluck dinners, tailgate parties, and comforting meals around big tables.
In preparation for this joyous 'field to table' season, Primrose has gathered together a great selection of cookbooks for fall. Here are the names of just a few mouth-watering recipes from some of our favorite cookbooks:
Crumbles by Sabrina Fauda-Role
  • Apple, Quince and Walnut Crumble
  • Pear and Lemon Curd Crumble
  • Butternut Squash with a Parmesan & Hazelnut Crumble

Modern Comfort Cooking by Lauren Grier
  • Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Dutch Baby
  • Shrimp Scampi Zucchini-Noodle Bake
  • Fried Squash Rings and Parsnip Fries

The Pie Project by Phoebe Wood and Kirsten Jenkins
  • Pear, Maple and Ginger Handpies
  • Caramel Apple Pie

Huckleberry by Zoe Nathan
  • Cherry Tomato Goat Cheese Cobbler
  • Persimmon Spice Cake
  • Pear Ginger Muffins
If all of this is making you hungry, here's a simple recipe to kick start your fall baking: Toni Christianson's Famous Molasses Cookies . These cookies are easy to make and so delicious!  We serve them at many of our special events at the Nursery and no matter how many we make, we always run out.
In the wise words of Anthony Bourdain,  "Food may not be the answer to world peace, but it's a start."  Cheers to that!

Congratulations to the Winner's Circle
Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival

First Place:
  Gerry & Dani Gadberry (Team Gadberry),
Battleground, WA:  #1322.5

Second Place:
  Jim Sherwood, Mulino, WA:  #1285.5

Third Place:
  Jack LaRue, Tenino, WA:  #1234

Fourth Place:
  Jeff Uhlmeyer, Tumwater, WA:  #1173.5

Fifth Place:
  Dick Kilburn, Anacortes, WA:  #945.5

Sixth Place:
  Mike Radach, Camano Island, WA:  #885

Seventh Place:
  Monte Wetzel, Puyallup, WA:  #875

Eighth Place: 
Geoff Gould, Mount Vernon, WA:  #748.5

Ninth Place:
  Joan De Vries, Mount Vernon, WA:  687.50

Tenth Place:
 Patrick Obukowicz, Ferndale, WA:  #612
2018 Top 10 Average: #976.9
2017 Top 10 Average: 973.7
Difference: +3.2 Pounds

A special thanks to photographer, Jamie Fuller, from for taking a gazillion quality photos during the Festival!
October Class Offerings 

Terrarium Building Workshop  
Saturday, October 6
10:30 a.m. - noon 
reservations required
class fee: $45 
Aesthetic Pruning
Saturday, October 13
11 a.m. - noon
reservations required
class fee: $8   
The Way of Tea
Saturday, October 13
1 - 2 p.m.
reservations required
class fee: $8  
Seed-Saving & Seed Swap
Saturday, October 20
10:30 a.m. - noon
reservations required
class fee: $8  

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

"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,  we are concerned over the status of our native cedar trees on our property and neighborhood in Pleasant Ridge.  The ends of the boughs are turning brown.  Is this a flagging symptom?   
-Susan, Mount Vernon, WA  
A: We have certainly had a dry summer.  What your cedar tree seems to be experiencing is stress related from drought.  It could be diseased due to stress but it is still too early to diagnose.
This stress is happening locally (as you stated) in the Pleasant Ridge and Shelter Bay neighborhoods.  Arborists have recently taken down approximately 150 cedar trees in Shelter Bay having the same symptoms.
For now, be patient and watch what happens as the rains come.  We are all interested in this phenomenon.  
- 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   

~ October Specials ~ 

October 1 - 14
Conifer Sale
tall and dwarf evergreens, including
spruce, fir, cypress, pine and junipers
25% Off
October 15 - 31
Hedging Sale  
laurel, boxwood, photinia,
Japanese holly, Leyland cypress,
privet, and arborvitae 
25% Off

"Listen!  The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. 
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!"
- Humbert Wolfe
Christianson's Nursery
15806 Best Road Mount Vernon, WA  98273
 (360) 466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200
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