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

"The beauty of that June day was almost staggering."  
-Dan Simmons 

Christianson's Nursery & Greenhouse
14th Annual Rose Festival 
Saturday, June 17

~A Rosy Day Out
Christianson's Nursery & Greenhouse 14th Annual Rose Festival happens on Saturday, June 17, 2017.  We have a line up for you that will intrigue every bit of your rose-colored outlook!

11:00 a.m., Guest Speaker and Author, Nita Jo Rountree, will 'show and tell' her new book "Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest: 90 Best Varieties for Successful Rose Gardening". Copies of her book will be available for sale before and after her presentation.

1:00 p.m., Rebecca Reed, U. S. Sales Executive for David Austin Roses, will describe characteristics and qualities of David Austin varieties. Her descriptions and knowledge of these fragrant and very romantic roses will help you decide which roses are perfect for your garden.

2:00 p.m., Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social featuring rose ice cream from Mallard's in Bellingham (made from real organic rose oil!).

3:00 p.m., The day peaks with Key Note Speakers (AKA "The Rosebuds"), Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson as they entertain with rose garden lore while teaching about best rose companions and practices.  
In addition, the Tri- Valley Rose Society will be here from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to answer all your rose questions. They will share their many years of combined rose growing knowledge and help identify established roses whose names have been lost through the years. Our enthusiasm grows when we see beginning and expert rose gardeners working together and exchanging ideas. This first-hand knowledge and experience that the pros provide is invaluable for those who would love helpful advice about growing healthy roses.  

From 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., All are welcome to submit as many blossoms as they would like to display in the Schoolhouse. The roses will be judged in the following categories: Best in Show, Best Fragrance and Best Floral Display (an arrangement using perennials with roses).

You are also welcome to explore our Schoolhouse Rose Garden to see some of our favorite varieties and the ways we have combined roses with perennials. Bring a picnic lunch and dine on the Schoolhouse lawn or at one of our tables. This is always a relaxed and fun event and an opportunity to make new rose loving friends.


Mark your calendars!

Primrose will be hosting its first 'Happy Home Hour'
event on Monday, June 12th.  Here are the details...
Date & Time:
Monday, June 12, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Topic and Description:
'Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Home Decor'
Our staff members, Jillian and Eve, will be sharing tips and ideas about how to use pops of color and other interior design techniques to invigorate your living spaces in preparation for summer. This informal 'how to' presentation starts at 5:30 pm but you are welcome to arrive early, mingle, shop, and enjoy snacks and refreshments.
Primrose Antiques & Gifts at Christianson's Nursery
15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, WA  98273
Cost and Reservations:
Reservations are not required for this complimentary event. 
Please register here.

We hope you will be able to gather some friends and join us for this fun and interactive 'how to' event!
Also featured in Primrose this month...

Father_s Day 2017
Father's Day Gifts!
Father's Day is June 18 and we have a great assortment of Dad-friendly gifts, such as gardener's lotions and soaps, books, clocks, birdhouses, frog princes, crows, and much more!
Wedding Season Gifts & Finery
Ring in the wedding season with a visit to Primrose! We have a lovely selection of new and antique gifts, linens, vintage wedding gowns and accessories, and wonderful wedding planning books filled with great ideas and inspiration.

   Garden Club Meeting Spot

Edgemoore Garden Club

Do you belong to a garden club and would you like a beautiful venue to host your next meeting?

Contact us: (360) 466-3821 or email:

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Meadow Schoolhouse Secret Garden Wedding  
Likened to the well known children's book by Author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, "The Secret Garden", the Meadow Schoolhouse and its extensive rose garden is a place to explore and to invite friends to gather and celebrate.
In 2017, more couples are getting married at the Schoolhouse this year than any other!  We invite you to view our Schoolhouse and garden for your special occasion. 

Meadow Schoolhouse Wedding Package

The fully restored Meadow Schoolhouse (20' x 30'), eight-foot Mercantile table (perfect for bar or catering placement), Teacher's Cottage (dressing room) equipped with vanity, outlets, and mirrors ("Jill" access to the restroom), 60 folding wooden chairs, 2 six-foot banquet tables, dance floor, Wi-Fi access, AV equipment, restrooms, kitchen facilities with walk-in cooler, sweeping grass lawn with garden hedges, access to the Nursery's hand-restored glass greenhouses accentuated with antique finials for photography and a large parking lot.  

Ceremony & Event/Reception Capacity:  
The venue holds 100 seated guests outdoors and 50 seated guests indoors.

Some Essential Info Prices
Saturday and Sunday: $1500, Friday $ 1200, Weekdays $900
BYO (Banquet License Required) 
Off-site Catering
Year-round, 9am-10pm. 
Accessory and Vintage Rental List  
(Prices Upon Request)
Additional Location Uses
Gardening Classes
Garden Events
Bridal Showers
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Garden Clubs and Society Meetings
Call the Nursery for a personal tour: (360) 466-3821 or email to set up an appointment: 
"Everything Old Is New Again"

4th Annual Antique Fair & Vintage Market
Friday and Saturday, August 11 & 12

Welcome to our annual Antique Fair & Vintage Market.  We are proud to present the Northwest's top dealers showcasing the best in antiques, vintage and collectibles.  
Our dealers are individually selected for their quality of hard-to-find goods and creative displays.  The fair includes antiques (100+ years old), collectibles, modern design (20th Century onward), retro and vintage.  

Schedule of Events:

Friday at the Schoolhouse, North Meadow Field, Primrose Antiques & Gifts, and Christianson's Nursery, August 11th, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
V.I.P. Hellam's Winery & Evolve Chocolate Pairing and early customer shopping (V.I.P. Ticket $10).   This will be a fun Friday night out! Click here for V.I.P. Ticket Sales Limited ticket event.  Sorry, no drop-ins. 

Saturday, Antique Fair & Vintage Market opens to the public at the Schoolhouse, Christianson's Nursery, Primrose Antiques & Gifts and new location, North Meadow Field, August 12th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
We are excited to expand our fair to include the North Meadow Field creating a 'Boot Sale' (vendors selling from the back of their trailers, cars and trucks).   Lots of treasures to be found!  Have a trailer, car or truck to vend from?  Favorable rental spaces in the North Meadow Field are now available.

We do hope you'll come join us!

Register on line or pick up a registration form in our Garden Store. Questions? Call us at  (360) 466-3821.

Boost Your Brainpower With Gardening

A month ago, we received a lovely email from one of our customers concerned about others afflicted with fibromyalgia.  She stated that gardening has helped her work through symptoms with her chronic illness by providing her with a type of physical activity that has proven to be highly therapeutic.  She believes gardening benefits the mind, body, and soul and it provides stress relief, physical activity, and stimulation for her brain.

Guest blogger, Maria Cannon, has written an article about her observations and sent it to us for others to read.  It is our hope that you may find wisdom in her words and inspiration in your garden.

"Boost Your Brain Power With Gardening: Improve Mental Clarity And Keep Your Mind Sharp"
by Maria Cannon

There is no question that gardening provides health benefits on multiple fronts. It makes for a great form of exercise for people of all ages and it has been shown to reduce stress and even help with issues of depression. In addition to the benefits that come via physical activity and mental health, gardening can provide significant stimulation for the brain as well...

"Ask John!"

John loves hearing from his customers and do they love to ask him questions! Each conversation features an actual question submitted from someone like you!    

Q:   Hi John,  We have a curly willow in our front yard.  It's around 10 years old.   We pruned it in February to a nice shape.  However, this spring we have noticed some of the new growth on lower branches is already dead yet higher branches are still healthy.  Is my tree dying? -Don, Marysville, WA

A: Hello Don,  It is diseased but not dying.  They do get twig blight.  This is not uncommon with a wet winter and spring.  The usual treatment is just to remove the dead twigs.  Sprays are ineffective at this point.  After leaves drop in the fall, spray with copper fungicide (we carry this at the Nursery) which is preventative and will keep the disease from infecting the tree (follow label directions). 
-John Christianson 

Have a garden-related question?
Listen to "The Garden Show", Sunday Mornings with John and Mike               
AM 660 KAPS * FM 102.1 KAPS* 10:30 am
 Read More Questions Here 
Nordic Museum Open House

Sunday, June 25

Nordic Heritage Museum is building a new home. The modern 57,000-sq. ft. museum and cultural center will be located in the heart of Ballard (on Market Street), and will include a refined layout and expanded exhibition and educational spaces.

To celebrate this event, community advocate Sunnie Empie, will host an informational open house in our Schoolhouse on Sunday, June 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. to help celebrate Ballard's new museum. The design is organized around a linear "fjord" that weaves together stories of homeland and the Nordic American experience. Bridges crossing the fjord intensify the experience of migration, connecting Nordic and Nordic American exhibits.

Along with the core exhibition galleries, active social areas - cafe, store, auditorium and classrooms - will expand the Museum's capabilities and audiences.
To inquire call the Nursery: (360) 466-8123 or 1-800-585-8200
Class Schedule for June 2017

Our June line up is packed with interesting subjects you won't want to miss! 

Class on Saturday, June 3, begins at 11:00 am with Master Gardener, Sheila Pera, who will talk about everyone's favorite aviators, the hummingbirds. 

Time to Return Mason Bees and Pick Up Leafcutter Bees at the Nursery

Monday, June 5 
                               10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Rent Mason Bees is a western Washington-based company that rents bees to backyard gardeners and orchardists.

It's time to return your kits! Mason Bee kits come back to the Nursery and Leafcutter Bees will be distributed.  Tips on getting started may be found at:  

"If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance." 

-Bernard Williams

 June Specials

June 1-15
clematis, honeysuckle, jasmine,
wisteria, akebia and more
1-gallon to 5-gallon sizes 20% off

June 16-29
Our best selection of perennials
4-inch quarts and 1-gallon 20% off
June 30-July 5
"Lemon Sale"
Ugly plants with beautiful features!
Nursery seconds at greatly reduced prices
50% to 70% off

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

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