Vol. 1, Issue 2
September 2016
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 Garden Notes

It's time for the Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival! What better way to enjoy fall with the whole family than to come to the Nursery to witness the arrival of 1500 pound monster pumpkins. This Festival has become a Valley tradition and it's just as fun for the staff. As if the giant pumpkins aren't entertaining enough, we'll have the ponies, face painters, toad races, carnival games and pumpkin trivial pursuit. The "Bat Lady", Kathleen Bander is back too with her ever popular class on native bats. And with our new parking area, we now hold as many cars as a super ferry!

Be sure to check out September's classes. Fall is a great time to plant and there are classes on soil care, using mulch, planting in the fall, and choosing great fall perennials.

So, come visit the Nursery and enjoy the changing season; I know Fall is my favorite season with the beautiful leaf color and cooler weather. And, you don't have to water so much!


Debra Lacy,  Editor
Certified Professional Horticulturist

6th Annual
Skagit Valley Giant 
Pumpkin Festival 
Saturday, September 24
Free admission & parking

Giant Pumpkins arrive starting at 9 a.m. until noon. Festivities start at 11 a.m.

Weigh-Off starts at noon! 
$1000 First Prize!
Carnival Games : The "Bat Lady" : Pony Rides 
Face Painting : Toad Races  : Trivial Pursuit

Plenty of free parking in our newly expanded lot!

For more information and a schedule of events visit our web site at www.christiansonsnursery.com 


Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.
-Emily Bronte



The autumnal equinox isn't until September 22, but Primrose is already changing colors as we welcome the arrival of this glorious season. September is the month we bid a fond farewell to summer and start bringing out new and vintage gifts and home decor for fall nesting.  We love this time of transformation and we hope you'll visit us soon and often.
ar moires, cupboards, tables and chairs  
small treasures and gift items from England and France
seasonal antiques for decorating and entertaining 
garden urns, cloches and tools
French floral fabrics and hemp and linen sheets
  European bridal tiaras and coronets
antique and vintage gowns, camisoles, and accessories  

Fancy Goods
one-of-a-kind gifts 
  home decor for everyday, special occasions and holidays
specialty soaps, lotions and bath products  
  decorative candles  seasonal paper napkins
hats from practical to fancy   ❁   jewelry   ❁   umbrellas, totes and travel bags   ❁   ladies clothing
fine linens, kitchen towels and aprons  
  kitchen accoutrements and edibles
books   ❁   music   ❁   greeting cards  
Fall is the best time of the year for planting!

September 1 - 15
Perennials, hydrangeas, roses, and vines
25% off

September  16 - 30 
Fruit, flowering and shade trees,
rhododendrons and azaleas
25% off 
Debra Lacy, Editor
15806 Best Road
Mt Vernon, Washington 98273
15806 Best Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We encourage all our customers to plant in the Fall. Trends have moved away from this recommendation, but trees, shrubs or hardy perennials planted from Autumn to early Winter will put on some root growth and settle in before it begins to put on top growth in the Spring. In fact, roots will continue to grow throughout the winter whenever the temperatures are above 42 degrees. Fall planting gives plants a head start on growth and plants will need less water during the following dry, summer season.
A colorful Spring garden planted in tulips and daffodils requires planning and planting in October and November. Our Spring flowering bulbs are now being stocked in the Garden Store. Information is on the boxes about early, mid-season and late flowering varieties that will make it possible to extend the season from late March to May. We have many sought-after varieties to choose from, so don't hesitate to come in for the best selection.