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

A Rosy Day Out:
Christianson's Fifteenth
Annual Rose Festival
 Ciscoe Morris & John Christianson 
Saturday, June 16
Back by popular demand, keynote speakers Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson will talk roses again this year! Before Ciscoe we are pleased that John "Rosebud" Harmeling will discuss "Climbing Roses" and Robyn Swesey will give a class on "Sustainable Rose Growing". All presentations will be located in the Big Tent in our Schoolhouse Garden.

Schedule of Events:
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Rose Display entry submission
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Self-guided tour of our Schoolhouse Rose Garden
10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rose Show in the Schoolhouse
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tri-Valley Rose Society members available for rose advice
11 a.m. - noon "Climbing Roses" with Seattle Rosarian John "Rosebud" Harmeling
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.  "Growing Roses Sustainably" with Robyn Swesey of the Tri-Valley Rose Society
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Complimentary Ice Cream Social with Mallards' Rose Ice Cream, made from organic, cold-pressed rose oil  
3 p.m.  "Favorite Roses and Rose Companions" with Ciscoe Morris & John Christianson
Calling All Rosarians
As part of Christianson's Annual Rose Festival, the Tri-Valley Rose Society is hosting its Rose Display in our Schoolhouse and is extending an invitation to amateurs and experts alike to submit their roses to be voted on in the following categories: Best in Show, Best Fragrant Rose and Best Floral Display incorporating perennials with roses.  
Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson will announce the winners and a $50 gift certificate will be awarded. Entries must be submitted between 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. on the day of the Festival.
Pictured above (center): Last year's winner of Best in Show, Cathy Gitchel.  

Rose Care for Health 

Roses are easy to grow, long-lived, and remarkably tolerant. With  a little extra care and attention the more healthy and disease resistant your roses will be.  
When planting roses, make sure you place them in a sunny spot that gets a minimum of four hours sun and space them about 3-4 feet away from other plants.   
Watering is unarguably the most important aspect of growing any plant.  But how much watering should your rose get?   According to David Austin, breeder of English Roses, water the following amount per rose according to the seasonal schedule below:   
Watering Schedule for Spring:  
Watch out for particularly prolonged dry spells.
Newly planted roses - water every two or three days.
Established roses - water once or twice a week as needed to keep the soil moist around your roses.
Watering schedule for Summer:
Established roses - water as needed to keep the soil moist around your roses.  As your rose starts blooming, take note if your flowers are wilting. This will happen in extreme heat but is a reliable sign that your roses need more water.
Newly planted roses - water every other day.
Shrub roses -   1-3 gallons
Climbing roses - 3-6 gallons
Rambling roses - 3-6 gallons
Standard roses - 3-6 gallons
Roses in pots - 1-3 gallons
Since roses use so much energy during the blooming months of late May to mid August, it is vital to nourish them, especially repeat blooming varieties.  E.B. Stone Organic Rose Food is a great fertilizer that may be used every 2 months starting mid April and after the first bloom cycle has finished to promote stronger repeat flowering.  Do not feed from mid August on.
We recommend mixing up a batch of the following homemade Organic Rose Tonic to ensure thriving roses:  
Other important rose care includes pruning and mulching your roses.  Pruning creates shapely forms and it also encourages new growth.  Mulching helps retain moisture and fosters weed control.    
Visit the Nursery to pick up a copy of our 2018 Rose List and view our rose selection located just south of the Greenhouses.  
Happy Father's Day!

"Light a campfire and everyone's a storyteller."  
- John Geddes

Featured this month...

Books for Summer!

Primrose is bursting with books for summer! We have books for Grads and Dads, books to inspire your summer gardening and adventuring, books on grilling, baking and entertaining, and books just for fun. Here are a few examples:
  • Pacific Northwest field guides for Birds, Butterflies, Wildflowers, and Natural History
  • Hiking guides for the North Cascades, Central Cascades and Olympic Peninsula, as well as Hikes with Kids and The Creaky Knees Guide
  • Gardening books on a wide variety of subjects - vintage roses, cut flowers, bees, butterfly gardens, and so many more!
  • Fabulous summer cookbooks for all sorts of occasions - grilling, al fresco dining and entertaining, picnicking, camping, boating, cooking and baking with seasonal fruits and veggies, and recipes for special beverages and cocktails
  • Fun books for pleasure reading, including classics like Roughing It by Mark Twain and The Call of the Wild by Jack London. We also have signed books by local authors, including Eliza Waite by Ashley E. Sweeney and Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein.
Whether you're staying close to home or planning to hit the trails or the open road, we are sure to have a book that will make your summer even sweeter. See you soon!

Christianson's Nursery  
5th Annual Midsummer Antique Fair  
& Market 2018

Friday & Saturday, August 10 & 11, 2018  
Antique and vintage treasures, including all manner of home, garden and other rare finds, will be located in four venues throughout the Nursery: Meadow Schoolhouse and adjoining Rose Garden, the North Meadow Field, and Primrose Antiques & Gifts.

Friday VIP
, 5 - 8 p.m.  $10
with Hellam's Vineyard and Evolve Chocolate
Benefits Skagit Symphony 
(Must be at least 21 to attend)
Saturday-Free Admission, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.   
complimentary admission   
 Location Maps! 
Plentiful Parking!
Food Trucks!  

Evaluation Event! 
Bring your treasures to this great event! Seasoned evaluator and local dealer, Mc Millan Bros will be on site to estimate the value of your collectables.  The cost to estimate one item is $8 or $20 for three items.   Examples of what to bring are pottery, Fiestaware, fine art, tools, coins, books, toys, clocks, quilts, stamps, silver, sport cards and comics. For larger items and furniture, bring an image for a scheduled home referral. 
We hope you can join us for these festive two days of treasure hunting!  
Have an overabundance of antiques or collectables? Sell with us! Affordable space and good locations are available. For more information, visit 
"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,  I am a big fan of Christianson's Nursery and have just started following you on Instagram!  I have four rose bushes in raised beds and as I weeded them this weekend, I took out quite a bit of hardened surface soil.  They need a top dressing but am unsure what to use.  What do you recommend? 
- Jasmine, Instagram Follower      
A: Hi Jasmine,

It is a good idea to replenish the soil in raised beds every year.  Roses love generous amounts of organic matter in the soil.  It will slowly break down, and provide nutrients, as well as retain moisture, reducing the frequency of watering.
Many rosarians use mushroom compost to replenish the soil.  Also,  E.B. Stone Planting Compost works well, and it is offered in large 3-cubic foot bales. 
- John Christianson  
Have a garden-related question? 
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Listen to "The Garden Show" with John and Mike
Sunday Mornings at 10:30 a.m.
AM 660 and FM 102.1   
Cut Flowers in June

~June Specials~

  June 1-14
clematis, honeysuckle, jasmine,
wisteria, akebia and more
1-5 gallon sizes
20% off  
June 15-28
our best selection of perennials
4-inch, quarts and 1-gallon 
20% off

June 29 - July 8 
"Lemon Sale"
ugly plants with beautiful futures
Nursery seconds at greatly reduced
50-70% off 
Tomato Sale
You're not too late!
4-6 inch pots
40% off

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