Winter Hours: 
Open Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Daily 'till 6 p.m. beginning March 1)
Happy Valentine's Day!


 
"While it is February one can taste the full joys of anticipation.
Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch."
- Patience Strong
 
February is one of our favorite months here in Primrose.  The days are starting to get longer, little signs of spring are popping up everywhere, and just about every day we receive another package filled with wonderful new items for spring. It's the month of Valentine's Day, flower buds and UPS deliveries.  There's just so much to love!
    
  Magnolia Home Soy Candles 
 
 
Here are just three examples of the many wonderful new items we have in store this month:
 
Shea butter soaps and lotions from Formulary 55
This is a lovely line of handcrafted shea butter soaps and lotions, scented with a proprietary blend of phthalate-free essential oils, and wrapped in beautiful paper with botanical and vintage illustrations.
 
Soy candles from Magnolia Home
We are now carrying a fabulous new line of soy candles from Magnolia Home.  Featuring 3 scents - Love, Bloom & Garden - we can't pick our favorite. They are all soft, natural fragrances that aren't overpowering or too "florally".  You won't find these at the big box stores but you will find them here at Primrose where you can meet them in person and pick your favorite!
 
Eco-friendly Cleaning Products from Mrs. Jones Soapbox
We are delighted to offer this new line of safe, natural cleaning products, mixed and crafted by hand and all made in the U.S.A.  We're carrying the All-Purpose Spray, Glass, Granite & Stainless Steel Spray, Wood & Leather Cleaner, and Soft Cleaning Scrub. All are wonderful, and all are just $11 each!
 
And don't forget Valentine's Day! We have a great selection of sweet gifts and special cards for your honey.
 
 
Sipping Chocolate at Primrose during
 Christianson's 12th Annual Winter Festival 
Saturday, February 24
 
Taste Hot Sipping CHAIcolate by Evolve Chocolate!
Noon to 4 p.m.
 
Inspired by co-owner Shannon Fox's time in India, Bellingham's Evolve Chocolate will be sampling their NEW Sipping CHAIcolate made from a handcrafted blend of chocolate, spices & tea.  No added sugar or dairy. Come and meet the ladies from Evolve Chocolate during the Hellebore Festival and try a shot of Hot Sipping CHAIcolate and other goodies!   
 
For more info, visit www.evolvetruffles.com 

A Fascination for Hellebores  
Christianson's 12th Annual Winter Festival  
Saturday & Sunday
February 24, 25 

Here in the Pacific Northwest the blooming of hellebores are a favorite late winter reminder that spring is right around the corner. Hellebores are perennial and largely evergreen. Their flowers provide color and interest in the shade garden when other plants are dormant.
 
Hellebore's most impressive feature is their five-petal bowl-shaped flowers which appear from late winter into spring in colors as diverse as apricot, yellow, green, silver-blue, slate, dusky pink, maroon and white. Some varieties feature double-petaled flowers, giving them a nostalgic rose-like quality.

 
 
A Paper Hellebore Workshop

Saturday, February 24
9:00- 10:45 am

Kicking off Saturday morning is a creative workshop with Seattle artist, Kate Alarc√≥n.   In this almost two hour workshop, you will learn the basic paper flower construction as well as a versatile method for hand-coloring petals. 

Although we will focus on a single flower in class, you will receive supplies to make three flowers.  All materials and tools provided. Limit 10 students

Pre-payment required for this extraordinary class, $60
Call the Garden Store to reserve your seat today!  360-466-3821

The Nursery's backstory in preparing for the second largest flower and garden event!  
 
Visit our booth #2126  

Dormancy in some plants may suggest February is a slow time of the year at the Nursery.  However, a behind the scenes look shows our staff is busy, busy, busy getting our booth designed and plants prepared for one of the biggest shows of the year: Seattle's Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
 
Image courtesy of Brenda Cornett                     

Customers delight in our lush-green garden display mixed with unusual plant selections and age-old garden antiques.  It is an experience of contrasting forms and products (silver creamers and ironstone dinnerware atop moss place mats), along with varying height racks of healthy, beautiful, flowering plants and evergreen conifers; some not to be seen at any other booth.

This year, we wanted to show you the behind the scenes look of how we reach that point of historical charm and describe some of the considerations it takes to present an award-winning booth.

Class Offerings in February
 
 
Creating an Indoor Succulent Dish Garden
Saturday, February 3
11 a.m. - noon
reservations required
class fee: $8


Add life and beauty to your interiors with this no fuss house plant! Karen Summers, of the Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society, reviews what types of succulents will thrive as she demonstrates how to create an indoor succulent dish garden.



Designing Gardens with Flamboyant Dahlias
Saturday, February 3
1 - 2 p.m.
reservations required
class fee: $8


Planning and planting gardens with dahlias, the queen of cut flowers, is about creating a floral picture that has impact and drama and is floriferous throughout the whole summer season.  Join John and Kathy Willson, long time owners of Swede Hill Dahlia Sunflower Farm for ideas, inspiration and instruction on how to cultivate dahlia plantings which bring boundless joy to your garden.


Coming this March:
Spotlighting Our Staff at the Nursery!




 
"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,    
Will you be having a display garden at this year's Northwest Flower and Garden Show?  We will stop by your booth anyway, because we love the experience of having a Christianson's in Seattle!!      
 
- Beverly M., Camano Island, WA    
 
 
A:  Hi Beverly,

Unfortunately, this year we are not building a garden display at the show.  There is a lot of work and planning that goes into creating our vision for that project and we already have a few other major building projects started at the Nursery this year.   
 
We will be at our annual location, north of the Skybridge (North Hall), booth #2126.  Please stop by-we'd love to see you!!  
 
- John Christianson  
 
 
Have a garden-related question? 
Email us:
PR.christiansons@gmail.com
Listen to "The Garden Show", Sunday Mornings with John and Mike on both,  KAPS AM 660 and FM 102.1 at 10:30 in the morning.   
Roses Are The Star of Any Garden

"Remember, the garden grows best when the shadow of the gardener is frequently there.  I can't imagine anything more pleasant than walking through the garden at least every few days to closely look at each individual part of its beauty."

-Author, Nita-Jo Rountree
 

Over 450 varieties of roses have arrived at the Nursery.   Now is an excellent time to purchase hard-to-find varieties by growers you trust: David Austin Roses, Weeks, Palatine and more!

Rose Lists are now available at the Garden Store and Primrose Antiques & Gifts. 

 

~February Specials~

February 1-15   
Blooming Witch Hazel
Heather
winter and early spring- flowering plants 
20% off
 
 
February 24-25    
Hellebores
hundreds of our favorite winter-flowering perennials
20% off (2 days only)
 
 
February 16-28    
Roses
Our biggest rose sale of the year!
antique, English, climbing and
drought-tolerant rugosa roses
20% off  
 
Christianson's Nursery
15806 Best Road Mount Vernon, WA  98273
 (360) 466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200
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