Happy Rose New Year! A Note from Nancy Stewart

  Happy Rose New Year to all! The 2021 season was exceptional, despite the challenges of the pandemic. Thanks to you, every category did well. The good news: roses remain highly popular. On-line sales and demand, in general, have made it difficult for growers to fill all orders. 2022 will have similar issues. That said,…

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Flower and Garden Festival ‘Greetings from Spring’

Last year, John and Toni Christianson designed the award-winning ‘Hilltop Farm’ display garden drawing from the inspiring Beatrix Potter and her country home in Lakeland, near Sawrey in the English county of Cumbria. We are so thankful to have had the show when we did, and the enthusiasm surrounding the display garden was outstanding. This…

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Spring Orchid Festival

Join us in the Propagation House on March 5th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and 6th, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., to observe the diverse and beautiful group of Orchidaceae we will have decorating the cement tables of the greenhouse. Harvey Brenneise and his colleagues, who have been hobby orchid growers for 50 years, will discuss…

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Camellias

Camellia sasanqua ‘Pink-A-Boo’  If you have been looking for a perfect shrub for your garden, look no farther than the Camellia. These hardy, low maintenance, evergreen shrubs look wonderful on their own or when paired with a companion plant to help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden. The several basic types of Camellias are:…

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Think Spring Blooming Bulbs This Fall

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” — Jessica Harrelson Fall is the best time to shop for and plant your Spring blooming bulbs. Our Garden Store is overflowing with varieties of Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Allium, Iris, and Snowdrops and these Fall bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground…

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18 Deer Resistant Shrubs by Monrovia

  Not this year, deer. With their natural habitats shrinking, deer are becoming a way of life in many residential neighborhoods across the country. One of the best ways to mitigate the damage these herbivores do to herbaceous (and evergreen) plants is to select ones that are not on their preferred menu. Fortunately, there are…

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Historical Images at the Vinery

The Vinery Open House Sunday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   We are hosting the Vinery’s Open House on Sunday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Attend the public opening of the Vinery and the first day of our new ‘Skagit Valley Farmers’ Market at Christianson’s’. Please come for one, come…

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Skagit Valley Farmers Market & The Vinery’s Open House

The Vinery Open House & Skagit Valley Farmers Market Sunday, May 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   So many have been asking about the large structure across the north field from the Nursery. Because this picturesque structure was once a stationary pea vining site from the 1940s to the 1960s, we named it…

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Keep Palm and Carry On

Bringing the tropics up north! If you see a large palm tree in the Skagit Valley, it is most likely a Trachycarpus fortunei or Chinese Windmill palm tree. A hardy evergreen species from the Arecaceae family, it is native to parts of China and regarded as drought tolerant, cold hardy, and disease-resistant. The best part?…

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Time to Pollinate!

RentMasonBees.com Mason Bees are amazing pollinators and kids love to watch these friendly non-stinging bees work. Learn about three main varieties of solitary bees and how you can help support them and all pollinators by keeping a bee-friendly environment that your kids will love helping with! We welcome Bee Biologist & Operations Manager at RentMasonBees.com, Morgan…

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Starting a Veggie Garden

It’s exhilarating to be outdoors gardening again! Were you one of the many new gardeners or gardening families that got your hands in the dirt last year to raise homegrown vegetables? If you’re like the rest of us who got “bitten by the bug,” you’ve been making decisions throughout winter on which varieties of cool…

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Discovering Dahlias

    Today’s the Day! Help us celebrate the launch of the new Floret book, Discovering Dahlias “Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.”– E.B. WhiteSkagit     After February’s heavy snowfall, we can feel Mother Nature clapping her hands and saying, “Okay,…

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