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…

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?…

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…

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,…

Roses For 2021

Roses have arrived and are now available in Greenhouse #5, and our selection is vast and diverse. And, thanks to modern-day hybridizers who strive to develop the healthiest varieties without compromising the eternal beauty of the bloom and bush, we have curated this year’s Rose List by bringing together a collection of roses unique in…

Growing Citrus

The wonderful fragrance and luxury of citrus in bloom may be exactly what 2021 ordered. When you think of the cool environment of the Pacific Northwest, you don’t necessarily think of it as a place to grow citrus. What may come to mind instead is the sunny terrain of southern California or Florida, where it…

Home Orchard

By John Christianson   We are fortunate to be able to offer the finest fruit trees in the country, grown right here in the Skagit Valley. The W.S.U. Mount Vernon Research Station has trialed hundreds of fruit tree varieties over the years to suggest the best ripening and disease-resistant types west of the Cascade mountains.…

2020 Christmas Collection

  The holiday season has arrived and gift-giving has never been easier! Christianson’s Nursery Christmas Collection has plentiful gift ideas that will inspire you to start checking off your “nice list.” Take a look!     Donna Hay’s “Christmas Feasts and Treats” Donna Hay makes Christmas cooking and entertaining so easy, with this must-have collection…

Rent Mason Bees

We love our friends at RentMasonBees.com so much, we want to spread the pollinator word/ Want to unique gift for an avid gardener?  Send them a gift of Mason Bees! Order now for the holidays and you can print a gift certificate to mail or put under the Christmas tree. Then, in the spring of…