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

4th Annual Antique Fair & Vintage Market at Christianson's Nursery
Friday Night and Saturday, August 11 & 12 
Four event sites:  
Schoolhouse, Primrose Antiques & Gifts, Christianson's Nursery and North Meadow Field
Join us for our
4th Annual Antique Fair & Vintage Market.  
We have expanded our event by 100%!
New!! North Meadow Field Location - more vendors, more treasures, and the cutest vintage trailers you've ever seen!!

Schedule of Events:  
Purchase V.I.P. Tickets ($10 pp)
  On Line  or at our Garden Store
Friday Night, August 11th, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
The Friday Night V.I.P. event will kick off with a fun early shopping party of wine tasting and chocolate pairing from Hellam's Vineyard and Evolve Chocolate at the Schoolhouse and North Meadow Field from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Ticket holders will enjoy three pairings of wine (white, rose and red) with three flavor profiles of chocolate truffles; "Lavender Love" (lavender blossoms, organic lemon swirled in a white, Guittard chocolate), "PNW "Kafe Kirsch" Cherry, Coffee, Hazelnut in dark organic Theo chocolate, and "Melange" Elderflower Liqueur dark organic Theo chocolate ganache dipped in white, Guittard chocolate. 
Saturday, August 12th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday will be a collector's dream as the Antique Fair & Vintage Market opens to the public for free from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Our Fair is expanding 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 from which to vend?  Favorable rental spaces are still available for $50 in the North Meadow Field.  

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

"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
- Stephen King

Featured in Primrose this month...

There's nothing like diving into a great summer book and Primrose is featuring some exceptionally lovely choices right now.  We have books that will speak to your gardener's heart, such as Sowing Beauty, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden, Branches & Blooms, and The Flower Recipe Book.  These gorgeous books are filled with amazing photography and oodles of practical information.  We also have cookbooks, travel books, funny books, home decorating books, and so much more!

Mark your calendars!  Our next 'Happy Home Hour'
event is coming up on...

Monday, August 21
5:30 - 6:30 pm

This month's topic:
Decorating Tips for  Porches, 
Entryways & Mantels

This fun and informal 'how to' event starts at 5:30 pm but you are welcome to arrive early, mingle, shop, and enjoy snacks and refreshments.  This event is complimentary but RSVPs are appreciated. To RSVP, please send an email to

If you'd like to be added to our Happy Home Hour mailing list, email us at and simply say 'Sign me up!'

Dramatic Dahlias

Have you seen dahlias lately? Our grandparents would be amazed! There are many varieties that will knock your socks off, such as 'Mrs. Eileen' (below) with dinner plate-sized tangerine blooms.

Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico and Central America.  Related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, and zinnia. There is almost every color and color combination to choose from, except blue. Sizes range from the smallest types, called Topmix or Lilliput dahlias, to the giants that have blooms over a foot in diameter carried on powerful stems.

Transplant dahlias into a larger outdoor container or your garden bed and sprinkle with slug bait to protect the tender growth. Dahlia tubers are hardy up to USDA Zone 8, prefer well-watered yet free-draining soils, and need plenty of sunlight. As the first frost arrives, you may want to dig up and divide the tubers to prevent rotting.

Want to learn more about dahlias?  Join us at the Schoolhouse for John & Kathy Willson's class, 'Digging, Dividing and Storing Dahlias' on Saturday, October 21st.  


"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,
I have an emerald green arborvitae hedge along the back and side edges of my property.  I have noticed within the past couple weeks that some of the leaves on them are turning brown and some are even black, but those are more on the inside of the trees.  Elsewhere on the trees, there appears to be healthy green new growth. 

I had some bark mulch laid underneath last summer, so there is probably 3 to 4 inches of mulch around the trunks.  I applied some 16-16-16 granulated fertilizer to my flower beds and the hedge about a month ago, thinking that it would help everything grow.  I don't see any spider mites on the trees, though on a rare occasion I will see a moth fly out of the trees.  They don't seem to be infested with moths though.

Any advice you can provide would be much appreciated!

Brian, Ferndale, WA 
The browning or black on the insides is a common characteristic of arborvitae and that's just because the insides don't get any sun. This doesn't hurt the trees at all and is more of an aesthetics issue. You can try to cut out some of the brown on the outsides, but I really think if you stick to the regimen you have for them now, you'll find they'll start greening up and looking pretty again.

You were just fine fertilizing it when you did. We also recommend a slow release fertilizer like E. B. Stone or Osmocote.

Spider mites more are more of an issue on the eastern side of the mountains, but not here. There really are very few, if any, issues that just up and kill arborvitae hedges. That's why everyone uses them as natural privacy fences.   It's also normal to see the occasional moth fly out, but there's not a common issue with moths infesting or destroying arborvitaes.

In our dry summers, watering once a week will keep them fresh.

You're doing everything recommended so be patient and stay on top the watering, and I bet they'll perk back up.  Keep up the good work!

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
Summer is here!

August is a time to put to work all that you've learned so far this year.  Classes resume in September at the Schoolhouse with original,  garden topics to ease you into welcoming and looking forward to Fall.  


 August Specials

August 1-16
Outdoor Containers 
Our huge selection of small to
very large glazed and terra-cotta
outdoor container.
20% off


Summer Heather 
hardy blooming plants
 in a variety of colors
 20% off

August 17 - 31 
Water Plants
water lilies, floating plants,  
iris and more 
30% off 

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